Frequently Asked Questions

Family enjoying a party outdoorsWhat can I do with this minor?

A family studies minor complements most majors. It focuses on the context of the family to illustrate the principles in many majors. For example, nursing takes a holistic approach to health, emphasizing the whole person. Family studies can extend and amplify this focus by concentrating on health in the context of the family. Similarly, education also concentrates on the interaction of the learning/teaching environment with the home environment. This provides a natural connection to family studies. Thus, students can use the minor to direct the precepts of the major specifically toward the context of the family.

Can I take a class that’s not on the list?

Yes, if you find a class that deals with family issues that is not on the family studies list, check with the FS director and get it approved for your program.

Do you have to declare the minor?

Yes. Download and complete the Add or Change a Minor: Undergraduate form and follow its instructions.