Why Study Here?

Use your creativity, critical thinking and communication skills to help make a difference in the lives of children, youth, families and communities.

Prepare yourself for a rewarding career

When you study at the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics, you become a part of a family of highly regarded faculty, researchers and undergraduate and graduate students who are dedicated to understanding human development as it relates to social interaction and behavior. You'll learn how to find solutions for major issues facing children, youth and families today.

Immerse yourself in engaging and topical courses such as:

Family and Human Development

  • Make a difference
  • Human Development Through the Lifecourse
  • Marriage and Family Relationships
  • Early Childhood Intervention
  • Family Ethnic and Cultural Diversity


  • Technology and Society
  • Gender and Society
  • The Sociology of Deviance
  • Violence and Society
  • Women and Health

You will also have the opportunity to learn outside of the classroom through experiences such as:


Become a research assistant

Work closely with our world-renowned faculty to answer important questions facing sociologists and developmentalists.


Work in our Child Development Lab

You can choose to be trained in early childhood development and education and work as teacher's aides in our actual preschool classrooms on campus.


Volunteer with the Sanford Student Leaders Club

All Sanford Students are eligible to become members of our club and participate in organized volunteering events in our community once or twice per month.


Become an Intern

Once you earn 60 credits, you are eligible for an internship opportunity of your choice. Out internship coordinator for the Sanford School will help guide you through this valuable process.


Earn a Sanford School Scholarship or Fellowship

You will have access to several scholarships and fellowships that are limited to our students only and can be repeatedly earned each year you are a student.