The Family Studies Major

The Family Studies Major is recommended for students who are:

  1. double-majoring in another social science discipline 
  2. and/or students desiring to explore family studies for a number of career opportunities including but not limited to public policy, law, human resources, public health, social work, teaching, child and youth development, therapy, parent education, counseling, medicine, ministry, journalism and business. 
  3. and/or students considering future graduate work/training in the areas of family social science, social work, or counseling/psychology/family therapy or other areas of clinical/applied practice with families and individuals in families.

NOTE: A student may take no more than three courses from a single discipline toward the major in Family Studies

All students must take:

  • FAST 200 Foundations of Family Study (4 credits)  
  • FAST 400 Family Studies Capstone Seminar (4 credits) 

All students must take 8 credits (2 courses) of the following:

  • COJO 374 Family and Couple Communication (4 credits)  
  • PSYC 288 Psychology of Marriage and the Family (4 credits) 
  • SOCI 321 Marriages and Families (4 credits)

All students must choose 24 credits (6 courses) of the following, in consultation with student’s advisor, considering future goals:

  • CATH 234/ PHIL 234 Love, Sex and Friendship (4 credits) 
  • CHDC 305 Chemical Dependency and the Family (4 credits)* 
  • COJO 220 Interpersonal Communication (4 credits)
  • COJO 374 Family and Couple Communication (4 credits) 
  • ENTR 349 Family Business Management (4 credits) 
  • FAST 243, 393, or 495 Individual Study (2 or 4 credits) 
  • FAST 400 Family Studies Capstone Seminar (4 credits) (permission of instructor required)
  • FAST 476 or 478 Experiential Learning/Internship (2 or 4 credits) 
  • HLTH 342 Community Health and Family Education: Curriculum, Assessment, and Administration (4 credits) 
  • HLTH 462 Human Sexuality Education (4 credits) 
  • IDSC 291 The Anatomy of Violence (4 credits) 
  • PSYC 200 Psychology of Infancy and Childhood (4 credits) 
  • PSYC 202 Lifespan Development (4 credits) 
  • PSYC 203 Psychology of Adolescence (4 credits) 
  • PSYC 204 Psychology of Adulthood and Aging (4 credits) 
  • PSYC 288 Psychology of Marriage and the Family 
  • SOWK 210T/2100C Relationships, Intimacy and Sexuality (4 credits)* 
  • SOWK 340T Human Behavior and the Social Environment (4 credits) 
  • SOWK 401T Generalist Practice I: Small Client Systems (available only to social work majors) (4 credits) 
  • SOWK 441T Family Resilience and Diversity (4 credits)
  • SOCI 304 Adolescence in Society (4 credits) 
  • SOCI 321 Marriages and Families (4 credits) 
  • SOCI 354 Sex in Society (4 credits)  
  • THEO 423 Christian Marriage (4 credits)

TOTAL 40 Credits

* courses offered at St. Catherine University

ALSO NOTE: The major in family studies does not provide a license for a student to do therapy or counseling; it does provide a foundation for employment in the human services field and/or for graduate studies in multiple areas where a license can be earned, if so desired. Students will select elective courses in careful consultation with the director of family studies and/or his or her advisor, choosing those that best support the student’s future professional, graduate and/or personal goals and aspirations.