Students who minor in family studies may find themselves working in a health facility, social service agency, advocacy organization, government agency or educational setting. They will be prepared to work in, or continue training for work in, numerous professions that affect families, including adoption and foster care services, gerontology services, family life education, family violence services, marriage and family therapy, financial assistance counseling, substance abuse services, criminal justice and child/elder advocacy. Positions in direct service, program planning and evaluation, education and training, and administration and policy research are all open to minors in this field, depending on their career paths.
"Changing my minor to Family Studies my senior year was undoubtedly the best decision I made in college. I really enjoyed every class and professor; all of them have made such a huge impact on not only my academics, but in my personal life. I would recommend Family studies to anyone who enjoys sociology, psychology, communications and how they all interconnect in the family. I feel so grateful that this new field was presented as an opportunity when I was still a student because it has been such a wonderful experience and I feel so blessed that I was given the exposure to such a great field that everyone can truly benefit from.
"The courses and professors within the Family studies field are powerful--I have never felt so happy or empowered before in my life; I loved going to class and not just learning, but making connections with my professors and fellow classmates. I have become such a better communicator, student, daughter, sister and friend because of my experiences. I truly have developed so much as an individual, and as a family member, in more ways than I could have ever imagined."
- Ariel, Family Studies Student