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Family Studies

The 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

Credit Hours

Introductory course (choose one of the following):


FAM 133. Contemporary Family


SOCI 276. Sociology of the Family


Families in Society (choose one of the following):


ECON 306. 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):


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 470. Psychology of the Young Adult 1


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 375. Grant Writing for Agencies


FAM 386. Youth Empowerment Strategies


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.