Family Studies Program

“A second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience. ”

Samuel Johnson
photo of a family

Family values, poor children, and welfare reform are all hot topics in our society today.  The Family Studies Program offers educational opportunities to students, human service personnel in both the public and not-for-profit sectors, as well as the general public to enhance understanding of the state of American families.

What is Family Studies?

Family Studies is an interdisciplinary, academic discipline which explores the many facets of families themselves as well as societal trends such as the aging population, economic changes and public policies - to name just a few - which influence families.  Sociology, psychology, history, economics, and communications studies are just a few of the disciplines which contribute to our knowledge of families.  The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Family Studies Program focuses primarily on the situation of American families and the social services organizations which serve them.