Department of Family Studies and Community Development


The Towson University Academic Advising Program addresses the importance of academic advising across all four years. The program is designed to meet students’ needs at different stages of their Towson experience. From the first year through graduation, each year has a different focal point: transition, focus, engagement, and commencement.

In keeping with the spirit of Towson’s academic advising initiative, the Department of Family Studies and Community Development has developed an advising program that reflects the specific requirements of their majors. Advisers assist students in developing course plans and successfully completing them.

Department of Family Studies Advising Process

A student new to the department will receive an email soon after declaring Family and Human Services or Family Science as his/her major. This email will include forms which must be completed and brought to the first academic advising appointment. This first appointment introduces the student to the department. Also, the student and adviser develop a course plan for the completion of undergraduate degree requirements. Each student must meet must with his/her assigned adviser AT LEAST once each semester to stay on track toward graduation, receive permits for required courses, and have university advising holds lifted. All advisers have set aside times during the week to address questions and concerns or meet with students to review progress and plans.

Each academic year, the University publishes an Academic Advising Handbook which contains helpful information for students and faculty advisers. If you have advising questions, some might be answered by referencing the handbook.

Advising Expectations

1) Family studies students are expected to familiarize themselves with the Undergraduate Catalog and satisfy all published degree and major requirements. While students will receive assistance from their faculty adviser, they must assume responsibility for completing all published graduation requirements.

2) To accomplish the goal of graduating, students should review their Academic Requirements Report at the beginning of each semester and prior to meeting with their adviser.   

3) If any changes occur to a student's academic course plan after an advising meeting, the student should inform the adviser so course plan adjustments can be made.

4) Some family studies courses require special permits. These are usually given out by the faculty advisers, unless there is a special circumstance that requires the assistance of the department chairperson. Permits allow students to advance in their course plans, which is why it is important for students to meet with their adviser every semester.

5) It is important for students to keep advising appointments and to contact their adviser if cancellation is necessary.

6) Students should maintain communication with their adviser. If any questions or issues arise, students should contact their adviser immediately so the situation can be handled. Delaying may create complications and impede graduation.

Important: Students must use their Towson University e-mail account to receive important information from their advisers, faculty, and the department staff. The faculty and staff, in the department, will send correspondence ONLY to the TU account.

Following are some important links and forms:

Degree Completion Plans

Other Documents and Links

Department of Family Studies and Community Development
College of Liberal Arts Building, Suite 2210
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-5851
Fax: 410-704-3612


• The Department of Family Studies offers two majors: Family and Human Services and Family Science.

View a comparison of the two majors (PDF).

• Have an advising question? Check out the 2013-2014 TU Academic Advising Handbook (PDF).




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