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Undergraduate Program

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

The bachelor of science degree in family social science will prepare you to understand families from an interdisciplinary and multicultural perspective. Coursework is enhanced with community-based and career-focused experiential learning experiences that give you the opportunity to apply new knowledge and practice new skills in a supportive environment.

In the Family Social Science major, you can choose from three concentrations:

  • Family & Community Engagement to work directly with families in community settings.
  • Family Therapy that will prepare you for entry-level clinical work, or for advanced study in marriage and family therapy, or a practitioner certification, such as the parent education teaching license.
  • Family Financial Studies to assist families with financial issues as a coach or counselor or other programs.

What can you do with a family social science degree?

Graduates from the program are well-prepared to work with families in professional environments. Many continue their education through graduate study in family social science or related family programs such as social work or couple and family therapy.

Our students follow career paths that take them all over the world, but are committed to one mission: enhancing the well-being of diverse families in a changing world through teaching, research, and outreach.
Check out the College of Education and Human Development's Career Services for info from our alumni on what they've accomplished with their degrees.

Need more information? Please contact Pooja Brar (, student services adviser, or Jill Trites (, director of undergraduate studies.


Graduating with a bachelor of science (B.S.) degree in family social science requires the completion of 55-58 credits in the major, as well as Liberal Education requirements and electives, totaling 120 University credits. Courses in economics, verbal and written communication, and statistics are required as a preparatory foundation, and coursework is capped with a four-credit internship in research or field study, requiring 180 hours of participation.

You have the option of fulfilling coursework or internship requirements on campus, in the Twin Cities, or during sponsored learning abroad programs, as well as national student exchange programs, including those offered by the Higher Education Consortium on Urban Affairs.


Writing your future

The Department of Family Social Science uses a writing-enriched curriculum (WEC). The FSoS faculty identified seven writing abilities that are emphasized in coursework and are essential for working in the community, as well as graduate school:

  1. Understand and use standard academic English usage, structure, and organization; capable of writing clearly using language effectively in a written, comprehensible manner, i.e. cohesive paragraphs.
  2. Communicate in different mediums (i.e. research, reflective, evaluation) appropriate to the content, delivery mechanisms, and audience.
  3. Access, select, interpret, apply, and evaluate research and non-research-based information.
  4. Use APA style when needed.
  5. Engage in a process of writing that utilizes revisable drafts.
  6. Write about complex systems levels.
  7. Write ethically with honesty, integrity, originality, and contextual sensitivity.

View all program requirements for the B.S. in family social science in the University Catalogs.


How to declare a major in Family Social Science

If you are a current UMN undergraduate and are interested in declaring a major in family social science, visit CEHD Student Services for complete directions.

The family social science major is open to incoming freshmen as well as incoming transfer students (a GPA of 2.80 in college coursework is preferred).

For more information about attending the University of Minnesota, visit the Office of Admissions.

View a schedule of upcoming undergraduate courses.

Undergraduate Minor

The family social science minor allows students to gain an understanding of families from several social science perspectives. Couple relationships, family systems, and diversity are included in the basic course requirements.

Minor Coursework

View requirements for the Family Social Science minor.

Declaring a Family Social Science Minor

If you are a current undergraduate and are interested in declaring a minor in family social science:

  • Contact Pooja Brar, student services adviser (, with any questions regarding the minor application process.
  • Include completed courses, in-progress courses, and planned courses on the application.
  • Turn in the completed application to 290 McNeal Hall between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, M-F

Courses do not need to be completed prior to submitting the application.