Why Study Here?

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

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:


student-to-faculty ratio

Top 3

National Leader in Child & Family Studies


in Adolescence/Emerging Adulthood Studies

Elevate your education with co-curricular activities

We offer an array of co-curricular programs, clubs and organizations, and many other learning opportunities to ensure you get the most out of your college experience. From research opportunities to professional internships and beyond, there are countless ways to get involved with faculty and fellow students. Plus, you’ll graduate with relevant work experience which will give you a leg up on the competition. Explore all the great opportunities available when you study in the T. Denny Sanford School.

Join a student club

 If you want to take a break from your studies and meet fellow Sun Devils, you should consider joining a student club or organization. You’ll expand your resume, develop new skills and gain practical experience.

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Learn outside the classroom

We offer many opportunities to gain real world experience that can be applied in the workforce while also earning college credit. If you want to enhance your resume with on-the-job experience, explore the options we offer to learn outside the classroom.

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Join a global research leader

Want to make a difference in the lives of others? If so, think about joining one of our research projects. We are committed to conducting research to improve the well-being and quality of life for children, youth, and families and to strengthen the social institutions that serve them.

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