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Undergraduate Program

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

The bachelor of science degree in family social science is a multi-disciplinary undergraduate major involving extensive coursework and a rigorous internship.
This is a great match for students interested in helping people, developing counseling skills, and understanding human relationships across the lifespan.

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 vision: a better future.

Curious about what you can do with a family social science degree?
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!

Undergraduate Major

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. Students can fulfill their internship requirements on campus, in the Twin Cities, or even through sponsored learning abroad programs.

Family Social Science (FSoS) majors are encouraged to consider participating in learning abroad opportunities, national student exchange programs, and programs offered by the Higher Education Consortium on Urban Affairs. Coursework and internships from these programs can fulfill FSoS major requirements.

Every semester, the Department of Family Social Science highlights the many accomplishments and successes of our undergraduates at a showcase event. Through excellence in academics, contributions to research projects, and immersion in work, internship, and volunteer experiences in communities both domestic and abroad, our undergraduates are dedicated to enhancing the well-being of diverse families in a changing world. Learn more about showcase events.

Major Coursework

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.

Declaring a Family Social Science Major

If you are a current UMN undergraduate and are interested in declaring a major in family social science, visit CEHD Student Services for instructions on how to proceed.

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).

Visit the Office of Admissions for the following

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.

If you have questions, please contact Pooja Brar (, student services adviser, or Dr. William Goodman (, director of undergraduate studies.

View a schedule of upcoming undergraduate courses.