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Program Overview

Enhance your major program with a marketable minor that will provide an invaluable understanding of people and communities. Working with children and families is a critical area of concern for health, social service and education professionals.

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Learning Experience

The interdisciplinary minor in Child and Family Studies is designed to increase your understanding of:

  • Human development.
  • Interrelationships among family members.
  • The reciprocal influence of family and society at large.

You can tailor your curriculum to reflect your interests and career goals in order to add value to your major and increase your career options.

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The Child and Family Studies Minor requires a minimum of 15 credit hours. The first nine credit hours are required and include:

  • Parent-Child Relationships
  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment I
  • Marriage & Family Relationships

The remaining six credit hours are selected from courses in Social Work, Psychology and Sociology.

View the Academic Catalog for complete degree requirements.

Contact Information

Chris Chartier
Christopher Chartier, Ph.D.
Chair, Criminal Justice and Sociology Department
Chair, Psychology Department
Chair, Social Work and Family Studies Department
Associate Professor of Psychology
Director, International Collaboration Research Center
Founder/Director, Psychological Science Accelerator
241 Dwight Schar College of Education