The family studies minor prepares students to understand family function, structure and complexity with the intent to increase competence when working with, and on behalf of, diverse families.
A minor in family studies can serve as a support area for a student majoring in one of the social or behavioral sciences, such as psychology or sociology. In addition, a minor in this area can serve as an ideal complement for students in a professional field, such as social work, nursing, education or law enforcement.
Students will understand:
- the diversity of family structures,
- the core functions of families,
- the complexities in family life, and
- how function, structure and complexities interact with culture and environmental factors.