Family Studies Minor

The Family Studies minor is an interdisciplinary program which focuses on human development within the family context, the nature of family interactions and family issues, and family interactions within broader social institutions.

The minor is beneficial to all students and supports work in a variety of fields including health care, social services, counseling, youth services, teaching, ministry, family law, and business.

Why Grand View?

  • The Grand View University family studies 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.
  • 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.
Degree Fit
This program could be a good fit if you:
  • Enjoy learning theoretical perspectives and research methodologies
  • Are a strong reader and writer
  • Like an intellectual challenge
Career Options

With this degree, you may become a/an:

  • Education
  • Nursing
  • Physical Therapy
  • Speech Pathology
  • Family Counseling
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychological Counseling
  • Social Welfare and Justice
Course Requirements

Family Studies Minor (21-22 Credits)

PSYC 212 Human Development 4 credits
PSYC 315 Psychology of Exceptional Children 3 credits
PSYC / SOCS 322 Marriage and Family 3 credits
PSYC / SOCS 372 Human Sexuality 3 credits
SOCS 321 Aging in Contemporary Society 3 credits
SOCS 361 Family Law 3 credits
SOCS 392 Independent Study 2 - 3 credits

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