Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Demonstrated understanding of family issues
  • Translation of academic knowledge into lay-person friendly materials
  • Demonstrated understanding of human development

Through its Family Studies Program, the College of Arts and Sciences offers a family studies minor for matriculated undergraduate students interested in the welfare and empowerment of American families. This interdisciplinary academic curriculum introduces participants to the sociological and psychological foundations of families, as well as the historical, political and social climates in which they exist. Students who complete the 18-hour (nine hours core and nine hours elective) course of study will have expanded career opportunities in areas such as human services, health care, law, communications, program development and academic research.

Students wishing to complete a minor must declare their intention to their advisor. Completion of the minor is recorded on the student's transcript.

The following classes can be used toward the nine credit hours of core requirements:

SOCIOL 310R/PSYCH 453PFamilies And The Life Course 13
SOCIOL 211Social And Psychological Development Through The Life Cycle3
PSYCH 322Child Psychology 23
Other classes can be used toward the required electives for the family studies minor9
Total Credits18

For a list of classes fulfilling the Family Studies Minor elective requirements each semester, please consult the website: or contact the Family Studies Program Director.