Family Studies

For more information you may contact Terrence (Terry) Fernsler at fernslts@jmu.edu

Admission to the Minor

To be admitted to the Family Studies minor, students must:

  • Review the online requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog and determine if the minor is feasible in their academic plan. The minor requires completion of 18 credit hours (6 approved courses) and usually takes a minimum of 3 semesters.
  • Attend an Information and Welcome meeting (see dates below). At this meeting, students will
    • learn about the minor and course requirements;
    • map a plan for completing the Minor,
    • be assigned a Capstone cohort and/or wait list
    • learn how to track their progression through the Minor
    • receive information about registration for approved courses
  • Submit a Declaration of Minor change on MyMadison

2019-2020 Information Session Dates

  • Thursday, October 31 10:00-11:00 a.m. HBS 1051
  • Tuesday, November 5 4:15-5:15 p.m. HBS 3041
  • Thursday, November 7 3:30-4:30 p.m. HBS 1001
  • Friday, November 8 4:00-5:00 p.m. HBS 2095

Curriculum Overview

Information about elective course options for the gerontology minor.
Courses Credit Hours
Introductory Course (choose 1) 3
  • FAM 133 Contemporary Family or
  • SOCI 374 (fka SOCI 276) Sociology of the Family
 
Families in Society (choose 1) 3
  • ECON 306 Econ of Women and the Family*
  • GERN/SOCI 280 Social Gerontology
  • HIST 466 The Family 1400-1800
  • SOCI 337 Sociology of Gender
  • SOWK 338 Issues & Policies in Family Services
  • SOWK 342 Child Welfare Services
  • NSG 390 Impact of Chronic Illness
  • HIST 320 Women in U.S. History
  • HIST 379 Family and Gender in East Asia
 
Family and Intimate Relationships (choose 1) 3
  • HTH 372 Human Sexuality*
  • PSYC 275 Psychology of Human Intimacy
  • PSYC 450 Psychology of Child Abuse & Neglect*
  • SOWK 340 Violence in Families
  • SCOM 440 Family Communication
  • NSG 313 Issues & App. of Family Caregiving **
  • NSG 326 Care & Consideration For Children w/Special Needs**
 
Human Development in the Family (choose 1) 3
  • FAM 300 Child Development*
  • FAM 325 Parent-Child Rel. Across Life Span*
  • PSYC 304 Death and Dying: Thanatology*
  • PSYC 365 Developmental Psychology*
  • PSYC 470 Psychology of the Young Adult* PSYC 475 Psychology of Adulthood*
  • SOWK 387 Working with Teenagers
  • EXED 306 Lifespan Issues for Individuals w/Disabilities
  • HTH 471 Health Aspects of Gerontology
 
Capstone 3
  • FAM 400 Family Issues and Applications (prerequisites: At least four courses in the minor including either FAM 133 or SOCI 374 (fka SOCI 276)
 
Additional Elective Course (choose from above or one of the following) 3
  • FAM 375 Grant Writing in Agencies
  • FAM 386 Youth Empowerment Strategies
  • FAM 487 Special Topics in Family Issues
  • FAM 490 Special Studies in Family Issues*
 

*  Course has one or more pre-requisites
** 1-2 Credits.  Check catalog for course descriptions.