“Family studies is not just a minor that deals with the idea of family – it is an in depth study about the constructs/structure of the family, how it operates, functions and what constitutes a family” –Amanda

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.

"I am glad I decided on the family studies minor. I enjoyed all of the classes I took for it very much." –Jenna

Students undertaking this minor will study the family as an experience of human existence, a system within  our society and as a resource which fulfills basic human needs. The goals of the minor as an academic discipline are to provide various theoretical perspectives on the family, utilize various research methodologies, and to explore the multiple purposes of the family including its role in health maintenance.

A rigorous and thorough knowledge of the family is appropriate to any major.

Contact: Dr. Lynn H. Turner
Professor/Director, Family Studies
J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication
Johnston Hall 426
Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
Phone: (414) 288-6351
Email: lynn.turner@marquette.edu