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Family and Consumer Sciences

Family Studies

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Family Studies is the interdisciplinary study of what makes families successful.  We focus on understanding the dynamics of families in a changing society, as well as the impact that family interaction has on individual development and success.

A rapidly changing society has presented new and difficult challenges to family life.  The Family Studies Major prepares individuals with the knowledge, skills, and perspective they will need to work effectively with families to meet these challenges.  The Family Studies Major emphasizes skills in interpersonal communication, oral presentation, leadership, problem solving, and conflict resolution.

As a Family Studies Major,
you will learn:

1) To understand relationships and family life from a Family Systems perspective.
2) Excellent relationship and interpersonal skills.
3) Leadership abilities and the ability to work well in groups.
4) Effective oral communication and presentation skills.
5) Strong critical thinking and problem solving skills.
6) To apply the scientific process to understand current scientific knowledge and conduct research projects.


Students wishing to declare a major in family studies must have a cumulative GPA of 2.7. Family studies majors may not take 300- to 400-level FS courses until they have completed the following requirements: a 2.7 cumulative GPA, completed a minimum of three hours of FS courses with a grade of B or higher. The application for upper-division status must be completed with the student’s academic adviser in family studies.

For further information contact Dr. Duane Dowd, Dr. Sarah Feeney or Dr. Amy Claridge.



Major in Family Studies


Minor in Family Studies

Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 to apply to the Family Studies Minor


• Meet with a program advisor
• Complete the FCS Major Application Form (See above)
• Freshmen are encouraged to apply however all students must hold a 2.3 cumulative GPA upon attaining Sophomore standing (45 credits)