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Family and Consumer Sciences

Family Studies


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. Family Studies emphasizes a systems perspective in helping families stay together and build strong and happy relationships.

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.


Major in Family Studies

The Family Studies major includes two specializations:

Family Science  |  Child Life


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.

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

Minor in Family Studies

The Requirements for the Family Studies minor include FS 101, FS 235 and 18 additional credits of Family Studies courses for a total of 25 credits.

All courses required for the FS minor are offered online during Summer terms.  A few online courses are offered during the academic year.  Students who wish to complete the minor online will need two Summer terms to complete the minor.

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