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Interdisciplinary Family Studies


College: College of Liberal Arts

Department: Criminology, Sociology, and Geography


The interdisciplinary minor in family studies allows students to combine theoretical and practical perspectives on the family and to become familiar with the various methodologies academic disciplines use to develop insights into the family.

Minor Requirements

A minimum of 18 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.25 or a grade of at least a “C” for each course.

Coursework Overview

Sem. Hrs.
  Interdisciplinary Course:
NRS/ECH/PSY/SOC 4053, Today’s Families Interdisciplinary Approaches
  The Interdisciplinary Course may only be completed once for credit, regard-less of prefix. Student should complete a minimum of twelve hours in the minor before registering for the Interdisciplinary course.
  SOC 3223, Sociology of Families OR
  SOC 3213, Sociology of Intimate Relationships
  Human Development:
  PSY 3403, Child Psychology OR
  PSY 3413, Adolescent Psychology
  Families in Social Contexts:
  SW 3313, Introduction to Child Welfare OR
  SW 3343, Child Abuse and Neglect
  Family and Health (select one of the following):
  HLTH 3563, Human Sexuality
  NS 2203, Basic Human Nutrition
  NRS 3353, Aging and the Older Adult
  Special Interest Option:
   An additional 3 hours may come from any of the courses listed above or from an approved special topics/independent study course/or a one-time special course offered out of another discipline. This option allows students the op-portunity to explore specific areas of interest.
Total Required Hours:

Please consult with your advisor if you plan on pursuing a minor in Interdisciplinary Family Studies.