Clemson University

Department of Youth, Family and Community Studies

International Family and Community Studies

Degrees Offered: Doctorate

Program Concentrations: (1) Family and community life (globalization, human development and family life in cultural context); (2) human rights and social justice (international human rights law, the right to health, international law and policy related to children's issues); (3) community development and policy analysis (community development principles and practices, community transformation, policies and programs in human services, humanitarian assistance); (4) cultural area studies; and (5) social research methods.


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At A Glance

Full-time Faculty: 22

Full-time Faculty Identifying as Community Psychologists: 3

# of Students Admitted Each Year: 3

Available Student Assistantships: Full tuition waiver with graduate assistantship for teaching and research 

The Program

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The program focuses on training researchers and is designed to appeal to current or prospective educators, interdisciplinary researchers, leaders of non-governmental organizations, government officials, community developers, social workers, psychologists, public health workers, and others.

Graduates from the program are typically employed in government, education, healthcare and/or the nonprofit sector. 


The Ph.D. program is based on a unique interdisciplinary curriculum, drawing from the humanities, social sciences, health sciences, community development, and policy studies.  Graduate courses focus on family and community life, human rights and social justice, community development and policy analysis, cultural area studies, and research methods. 

A 12-hour certificate, based on the same curriculum, is also offered for students who are not interested in pursuing a Ph.D., but who want to advance their expertise in this area.

Community Psychology Faculty and Research Interests

The Department of Youth, Family and Community Studies (YFCS) helps generate, share and apply the research foundation for youth, family, and community development. Information on the research interests of specific faculty can be provided on our website.