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Bachelor of Arts in Family Studies

Family studies at the University of St. Thomas forges strong families and fosters strong communities. Family studies will provide you with the ability to use research findings to create programs and policies that promote individual and family well-being. You will also learn to implement evidence-based practices to improve the environments in which children, youth, adults and families interact.

Why Study Family Studies at St. Thomas?

Family studies is a hands-on and interdisciplinary program comprised of a world-renowned faculty of researchers, practitioners and counselors who will teach you to address a range of critical issues facing individuals and families in today's society. Our alumni go on to work in a variety of fields including public policy, education, health promotion, counseling, medicine and more.

Versatile. Practical. Interdisciplinary.

  • Course Requirements
  • Four-Year Plan
  • Degrees Awarded
  • Study Abroad
  • Course Requirements

    You start by completing FAST 200 – Foundations of Family Study, which lays the groundwork for advanced coursework. You will work with a family studies adviser to select courses matching your personal, academic and career goals, and you will also have the opportunity to study abroad, pursue internships and conduct research with a professor. Your time at St. Thomas culminates with capstone course integrating everything you learned throughout the last four years to serve the needs of contemporary families in a complex and globalized society.

    Four-Year Plan

    No one can tell your story better than you can. Our wide range of courses empowers you to create a personalized curriculum to meet your career objectives. Given the flexibility of our program, we recommend connecting with the program director to design your four-year plan.

    Degrees Awarded

    • Bachelor of Arts in Family Studies
    • Minor in Family Studies

    Study Abroad

    “È un affare di famiglia in Italia!,” or “It’s a family affair in Italy!” is one of our many study abroad opportunities for students. Team-taught by sociologists specializing in family and criminology, you explore problems confronting families in Italy and other global societies.

    Course Requirements

    Course Requirements

    You start by completing FAST 200 – Foundations of Family Study, which lays the groundwork for advanced coursework. You will work with a family studies adviser to select courses matching your personal, academic and career goals, and you will also have the opportunity to study abroad, pursue internships and conduct research with a professor. Your time at St. Thomas culminates with capstone course integrating everything you learned throughout the last four years to serve the needs of contemporary families in a complex and globalized society.

    Four-Year Plan

    Four-Year Plan

    No one can tell your story better than you can. Our wide range of courses empowers you to create a personalized curriculum to meet your career objectives. Given the flexibility of our program, we recommend connecting with the program director to design your four-year plan.

    Degrees Awarded

    Degrees Awarded

    • Bachelor of Arts in Family Studies
    • Minor in Family Studies

    Study Abroad

    Study Abroad

    “È un affare di famiglia in Italia!,” or “It’s a family affair in Italy!” is one of our many study abroad opportunities for students. Team-taught by sociologists specializing in family and criminology, you explore problems confronting families in Italy and other global societies.
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    Career Paths

    We give you the tools and knowledge you need to work in a variety of different careers after graduation.
    • Policy analyst
    • Family court mediator
    • Mental health counselor
    • Medical family therapist
    • Early childhood educator
    • Healthcare and family wellness specialist

    Prepared for What’s Next

    Our program prides itself on preparing students for a variety of careers by engaging them in research and internships in the Twin Cities.

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    Improve The World Around You

    Family studies students at St. Thomas use their academic knowledge, research findings and practical experience inside and outside of the classroom to improve our society. Whether they are serving as a counselor or working in the classroom with young children, our students are making a difference because of their unique experiences and versatile skills.