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Message from CFS Department Head Mary Jane Moran

Welcome to the Department of Child and Family Studies (CFS)!

On these pages, you will learn about the courses we teach, our research programs, the role of our department at the University of Tennessee, and how we provide service to our community, state, children, and families.

Our department prepares students for careers in both public and private domains that focus on children, youth, families, and early learning. A central foundation for our programs is the idea that scientific inquiry provides the most effective means to improve the welfare of children, youth, and families. Much of our curricula and research efforts are structured around focusing on children, youth, and at-risk families.

One hallmark of both our undergraduate and graduate programs is the opportunity for outreach and engagement experiences in area communities. Students complete intensive semester-long experiences in a wide range of community placements including mental health, medical facilities, public and private schools, and intervention programs, just to name a few. A second category of opportunity is to join a research team of faculty and students. Many of our research teams conduct research locally and globally with immigrant populations, programs that serve young children at risk for learning, and youth faced with the challenges of an incarcerated family member.

I invite you to explore our website to become even more acquainted with the department and find out more about our undergraduate and graduate programs. We also invite you to call and schedule a time to visit with us on campus. Please contact us with any questions you may have.