Programs and Degrees
Improving the well-being of diverse families
Are you driven to:
- improve the lives of families?
- understand how culture, community, and government systems affect families and create innovative solutions to improve these systems?
- investigate some of the most pressing challenges facing families and communities with cutting edge research?
An undergraduate, master's, or doctoral degree in Family Social Science will prepare you to use research to discover and apply knowledge, build communication skills, and develop as a lifelong learner and effective leader.
Our faculty are mentors, renowned researchers, and committed teachers who are focused on your success.
The Family Social Science Department is a collaborative and supportive community devoted to family research, theory, therapy, and education. We partner and consult with families, communities, and organizations to address psychological, cultural, social, and economic issues affecting families locally, nationally, and globally.
Learn more about Family Social Science programs listed by degree levels, or choose from the drop down menu below.
If you have a passion for helping people, this multi-disciplinary undergraduate major will develop your counseling skills and prepare you to understand human relationships across the lifespan. Your coursework will include internships, directed research, or fieldwork.
Enhance your major with a choice of four minors that will give you a fundamental understanding of parents, children, and couples from several social science perspectives.
This credential will prepare you to plan, coordinate, and teach parent education programs and services.
16 credits, online
Qualifies professionals to teach parent education in Minnesota's statewide Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) program.
27 credits, online
A Master's in Family Social Science will prepare you for an advanced degree in Family Social Science or a related field with the option to complete the program with a thesis or a project.
Be among the next generation of practitioners and researchers reducing the incidence of unhealthy behavior, promoting health and resilience, and building strong individuals, families, and communities.
This online, 30-credit, advanced practitioner degree will prepare you to work as a family educator and may be combined with the Parent and Family Education License (optional sub plan).
A graduate-level minor will deepen your understanding of parents, children, and couples in today's complex family systems. You will learn how to use social science methods to examine family systems and their interactions within various environments. Your coursework will include family theory, research methods, and core family content.
Family Social Science offers you a unique program of study using the insights and methods of the social sciences to examine how families work within various contexts and cultures. Choosing from specializations in Family Social Science or Couple & Family Therapy, your doctoral degree will give you a broad foundation of expertise in theory, research, and practice.
Graduate students may apply for a combined M.A./Ph.D. admission if they do not already have a master's degree.
This program will prepare you to promote healthy behaviors in populations across the lifespan. You will learn about systematic efforts to reduce the incidence of unhealthy or maladaptive behaviors, how to design and evaluate interventions, and how to use this knowledge strategically to improve programs and advocate for change.
A graduate level minor will deepen your understanding of parents, children, and couples in today's complex family systems. You will learn how to use social science methods to examine family systems and their interactions within various environments. Your coursework will include family theory, research methods, and core family content.