Family Studies, Minor
Liberal Arts (Code 487-401)
For advising, contact the Sociology Department.
The interdisciplinary Family Studies Minor is designed to:
- enhance students’ understanding of the issues and problems confronting contemporary families from sociological, developmental, psychological, historical, religious, economic, and anthropologic perspectives;
- examine the well-being of diverse individuals and families over the lifespan including the dynamic relations within families and the interaction between families and society;
- provide an interdisciplinary liberal arts base for students who wish to pursue graduate study and careers working to improve the lives of individuals, families and communities; and
- provide a knowledge of family studies that will foster personal and social development of the individual student.
|Twenty-four semester credits, including:|
|HIST 370||History of the Family in America||3|
|PSYC 230||Human Development||3|
|SOC 316||Sociology of Family||3|
|Category A, B, C, D Courses—one course from each category required:|
A. Life Course
|Psychology of Adolescence|
|Psychology of Adulthood and Aging|
|Psychology of the Exceptional Child|
|Aging and the Aged|
B. Gender and Sexuality
|Women in Cross-Cultural Perspective|
|Gender, Sex, and Science in European History|
|Psychology of Women|
|Sociology of Gender|
|Gender and Power|
|Sociology of Sexualities|
|Perspectives in LGBTQ Studies|
|Gender and Violence|
C. Micro-level: Family Relations
|Gender, Race, Class, and Communication: The Social Construction of Identity|
|Introduction to Interpersonal Communication|
or CJ 203
|Fundamentals of Human Communication|
|Communication and Gender|
|Theories of Counseling|
|Family and Intimate Relationships|
|Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse|
D. Macro-level: Families and Society
|Women and the Labor Market|
|Women and Economic Development|
|American Women's History to 1870|
|American Women's History Since 1870|
|Women and World Religions|
|Religion and Morality|
|Social Class and Inequality|
|Sociology of Work and Occupations|
|Sociology of Education|
|Women, Work and Family|
|Remaining credits to be selected from courses included in Categories A, B, C, and D and/or up to 3 credits from Directed Studies, Independent Study, Internship, or Special Topics courses that focus on family issues may be applied to the minor with approval from the Family Studies Minor Coordinator.|
NOTE 2: No more than 12 credits from any course prefix may be counted toward the minor. ANTH/WGSS, CJ/WGSS, ECON/WGSS, HIST/WGSS, PSYC/WGSS, RELS/WGSS, and SOC/WGSS courses will count as ANTH, CJ, ECON, HIST, PSYC, RELS, or SOC credits, respectively, for the purpose of this limitation.
Program Learning Outcomes
Students completing this program will be expected to meet the following learning outcomes:
- Describe issues and problems confronting contemporary families from a variety of perspectives.
- Identify the developmental changes of individuals and families over the lifespan.
- Compare family life in historical and contemporary contexts.
- Identify and explain public policy influences that affect the well-being of families.