Terrence Fernsler, Minor Adviser
Phone: (540) 568-6980
The minor in family studies is designed for undergraduates seeking enhancement of their major, desiring to increase understanding of self and relationships, and seeking to make a positive contribution to society. The minor offers two focuses: Family ecology (FECO) and gerontology (GERO). Both focuses explore a range of family-related issues, family processes, policies, laws, services and the interrelationship of families and society. The minor will enhance majors in many fields including anthropology, early and middle education, health sciences, management, nursing, psychology, social work and sociology. The minor capstone requires students to make connections between their major field and family studies.
The family studies minor requires a minimum of 18 credit hours with no more than six credit hours in the student’s major. Note that some courses have prerequisites that must be completed before enrollment. Some courses may be restricted to students enrolled in particular majors.
One introductory course is required: either FAM 133 or SOCI 374.
For FECO focus students, 12 other credit hours are required and must be selected from each of these areas: Families in society, family and intimate relationships, and human development in the family. An additional course must be selected from any of the three areas or from family studies electives.
A capstone course, FAM 400, is also required. At least four courses in the minor, including the introductory course, must be completed prior to enrolling in FAM 400.