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Family Studies

In 2007, Family Studies merged with the Department of Sociology.

As a result of this merger, undergraduate students interested in the study of the family may pursue a Major in Sociology with a concentration in family or a Family Studies Minor. The latter academic program offers a multidisciplinary exploration of issues pertaining to the family, including issues of child and human development, from perspectives inherent to the social sciences. More details are available from the undergraduate advisor in Sociology who has responsibility for Family Studies advising.

To pursue graduate work in this area, students are encouraged to enroll in either a graduate program in sociology or an interdisciplinary program offered through the College of Interdisciplinary Studies.

Minor in Family Studies

Family Studies (Minor, Faculty of Arts) offers a life course perspective to understanding families and other intimate relationships as they develop over time. This incorporates both the study of family in diverse contexts and the predictable ways families change.

The Minor comprises at least 30 credits from family studies (FMST) and sociology (SOCI) courses which must include:

  • 12 credits of electives at the 100-level or above and selected from FMST or SOCI courses and which must include: FMST 210 and SOCI 200
  • 18 credits at the 300- and 400-level and which must include: SOCI 320 and SOCI 415. The remaining upper level credits must be selected from FMST courses or the following sociology courses: SOCI 324, 369, 441, 442, or 444

Students majoring in Sociology and minoring in Family Studies may double count a maximum of only 6 credits toward both the Major and Minor.

Preparation for Certification in Family Life Education

Family Studies also provides an approved program of training for the Certificate in Family Life Education (CFLE) from the National Council on Family Relations. Students interested in this program should contact the undergraduate advisor in Sociology for details on the appropriate choice of courses and the practicum (FMST 415).

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