Minor in Family Studies

Our program does not offer a major. We do offer a minor in family studies consisting of 6 courses or 18 credits. MFT 150 must be taken prior to any other courses. After the completion of MFT 150, a student may take any of the other courses.

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Learning Objectives

  • Learn how to identify stressors and manage them in everyday life
  • Be able to define the difference between work and leisure and incorporate these in a balanced way though priorities
  • Be able to identify how dealing with diverse people impacts your daily life
  • Be able to articulate some of your biases in dealing with minorities
  • Understand and apply the major theoretical models of family research
  • Be able to describe the major factors involved in mate selection
  • Be able to describe some of the major models of therapy in marriage and family therapy
  • Describe why one model of therapy is most appealing to you

Career Possibilities

A minor in Family Studies can bolster one’s opportunities for pursuing graduate work in a variety of areas including family studies, human development, and marriage and family therapy, or other mental and behavioral health fields. In addition, the minor when coupled with certain majors at the bachelor degree level, can help prepare one for future careers in areas like the following:

  • Preschool educator
  • Childcare administrator
  • Foster care or adoption specialist
  • Child advocate
  • Volunteer coordinator for child and youth services
  • Child and youth services organization director
  • Adolescent pregnancy preventionist
  • Homeless youth outreach coordinator
  • Juvenile court officer
  • Camp counselor
  • Parent educator
  • Protective service worker
  • Family planning consultant
  • Adult educator
  • Event planning professional
  • Director of youth education for non-profit and religious organizations
  • Journalist, writer, or communicator of family studies topics


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