Minor in Family Studies

Family is the most important social institution. Healthy and happy families tend to produce persons who are able to enjoy their own lives and to contribute meaningfully to society. In today’s culture, however, families struggle to sustain life-long commitments. The main rationale of this minor is to provide students with knowledge and skills that produce social researchers and practitioners, who are prepared for a career working with people—young and old; men and women; children, teenagers and adults. A focus of this minor is on the development of the individual in a family context throughout the life cycle.

Program Objectives

  • Explain important concepts, theories, and approaches related to the family studies.
  • Describe different settings of marriage, family patterns and family interactions.
  • Provide research methods skills used in the analysis of the family studies.
  • Evaluate various research efforts in the area of the family studies.
  • Apply family theories, perspectives, and approaches to everyday life experiences.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Understand the various concepts, theories and approaches related to family studies.
  • Identify the various contexts of marriage, family patterns and family interactions.
  • Demonstrate skills pertinent to conducting research in the field of family studies.
  • Evaluate research efforts in the area of family studies.
  • Apply family science knowledge to real-life issues that emerge in practice.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 18 hours

Family Studies

Required Courses (12.00 hours)

Credit Hours
SOC101Introduction to Sociology3.000
SOC202Social Problems3.000
SOC313Sociology of Family3.000
CURR314Family, Community, Culture & ECE3.000

Elective courses (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
SOC307Human Development3.000
SOC315Sociology of Education3.000
SOC318Crime & Juvenile Delinquency3.000
HSC300Introduction to Human Services & Counseling3.000