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Minor Adviser
R. Ann Myers
(540) 568-4168


Family Studies

The cross disciplinary minor in family studies is designed for undergraduates seeking enhancement of their major, desiring to increase understanding of self and relationships, and seeking to make a positive contribution to society. A substantial knowledge of family-related issues, family processes, policies, laws, services and the interrelationship of families and societies will enhance majors in many fields including anthropology, early and middle education, health sciences, management, nursing, psychology, social work and sociology. The minor encourages students to make connections between their major field and family studies, thereby adding value to the major.

The family studies minor requires a minimum of 18 credit hours with no more than six credit hours in the student's major.

One introductory course is required: either FAM 133 or SOCI 276. One course must be selected from each of these areas: Families in Society, Family and Intimate Relationships, and Human Development in the Family. An additional course must be selected from any of the three areas or from family studies electives. A capstone course, FAM 400, is also required. At least four courses in the minor, including the introductory course, must have been completed prior to enrolling in FAM 400.

Required Courses

Required Courses
Credit Hours
Introductory course (choose one of the following):
     FAM 133. The Contemporary Family  
     SOCI 276. Sociology of the Family  
Families in Society (choose one of the following):
     ECON 306. The Economics of Women and the Family 1  
     GERN/SOCI 280. Social Gerontology  
     HIST 466. The Family, 1400-1800 1  
     SOCI 303. Sociology of Death and Dying 2  
     SOCI 337. Sociology of Gender  
     SOWK 338. Issues and Policies in Family Services  
     SOWK 342. Child Welfare Services  
Family and Intimate Relationships (choose one of the following):
     FAM 330. Family Relations 1  
     HTH 372. Human Sexuality 1  
     PSYC 275. Psychology of Human Intimacy  
     PSYC 450. Psychology of Child Abuse and Neglect 1, 3  
     SOWK 340. Violence in Families 4  
Human Development in the Family (choose one of the following):
     FAM 300. Child Development 1, 6  
     FAM 335. Parent-Child Relationships Across the Lifespan 1  
     PSYC 304. Death and Dying: Thanatology 1, 5  
     PSYC 365. Developmental Psychology 1, 7  
     PSYC 475. Psychology of Adulthood 1  
     SOWK 387. Working with Teenagers  
     FAM 400. Family Issues and Applications 1  
Additional family studies course (choose additional course from B, C, D
or one of the following):  
     FAM 487. Special Topics in Family Issues  
     FAM 490. Special Studies in Family Issues  
     FAM Elective  


1 Course has one or more prerequisites.
2 May not also take PSYC 304 in the minor.
3 May not also take SOWK 340 in the minor.
4 May not also take PSYC 450 in the minor.
5 May not also take SOCI 303 in the minor.
6 May not also take PSYC 365 in the minor.
7 May not also take FAM 300 in the minor.