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COLUMBUS, Miss.- To continuously improve the lives of local, regional and state communities, Mississippi University for Women has announced the Department of Psychology and Family Science.

As of July 1, the Department of Psychology and Family Studies will transition to the Department of Psychology and Family Science. Both the family studies major and minor will now be family science. The request was approved by the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning in March.
“We may not wear white coats, but we are social scientist. We want to emphasis the scientific nature of our discipline. It is research based and evidence formed. We use research and theories to inform our work with individuals, families, and communities,” said Dr. Dorothy Berglund, department chair and professor of family studies.
Berglund said that renaming not only gives greater credibility to the program but also allows students to establish an identity as a family scientist that will take them into their careers.
Students who have graduated from the program hold careers in the fields of social work, child protective services, juvenile justice and family services.
The Family Science program at The W will prepare students to become a provisional Certified Life Educator (CFLE) upon graduation. Provisional certification requires content knowledge in each of the ten family life content areas. Full certification is available when sufficient work experience hours in the field have been completed.
To apply to The W, please contact the Office of Admissions at (662) 329- 7106 or visit

April 28, 2020
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