Family eating breakfastThe Family Studies program allows students to study the family unit as an experience of human existence, as a system within society and as a resource for human needs. A rigorous understanding of the family is appropriate to any major.

Family Studies Interdisciplinary Minor Mission Statement

The Marquette University Family Studies Interdisciplinary Minor introduces students to scholarship pertaining to the family across many disciplinary perspectives. The course of study in the minor is geared to bridge vocabularies and interpretations of family, providing students with an understanding of the complex meanings of family life. The program combines social scientific, applied, and humanistic approaches to family issues. In so doing, the minor focuses on both theory and praxis.

In addition, the Family Studies Interdisciplinary Minor seeks to demonstrate ways in which knowledge about family allows for the development of personal and professional growth as well as the application of principles of social justice.

Study the Family

  • As an Experience of Human Existence
  • As a System within Society
  • As a Resource for Human Needs

Goals of the Minor as an Academic Discipline

  • Provide various theoretical perspectives on the family
  • Utilize various research methodologies
  • Link humanistic with functional skill
  • Impact an understanding of the vulnerable family
  • Explore the multiple purposes of the family including its role in health maintenance