The minor in family studies provides an opportunity for students who would like to study families along with their major focus of study. Knowledge about families and working with families has emerged as a critical area of concern for health, social service, and education professionals. Thus, this program is especially relevant for students studying in health professions, liberal arts and education.
Completion of 21 units of coursework is required to earn a minor in family studies.
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Core Required Courses (15 Units)
Introduction to Family Studies
Theories of Family Functioning
Trends in Contemporary Family Life
Upper-Level Discipline-Based Elective (3 Units)
Courses (Choose one course from the list below)
Parent-Child Relationship Across the Lifespan
The Hospitalized Child and Family
Introduction to Art Therapy
Fundamentals of Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector
Special Topics in FMST (with approval of department chair)
Community Services for Families
Internship in Family Studies
Services to Children and Youth
*Require prerequisite courses and department chairperson approval
Additional Elective (3 Units)
Students may choose this elective from the list of FMST electives in any of the four tracks in the major. Additional courses may be counted as electives at the discretion of the family studies chairperson.
Department of Family Studies and Community Development
College of Liberal Arts Building, Suite 2210
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.