What can you do with a Family Social Science degree?
- Fascinated by family relationships and systems?
- The one that friends and family go to for insight and understanding?
- Interested in helping families succeed?
You belong in Family Social Science
You will be prepared for a career as a researcher, trainer, or provider of programs in family studies, family and community engagement, family therapy, and family financial studies.
Family Social Science alumni can be found globally in academic appointments, research institutions, and practice-oriented positions. Read their stories on the Alumni & Friends page.
Our faculty are mentors, renowned researchers, and committed teachers who are focused on your success. Learn more about them in our Faculty Profile Book.
If you are just getting started with your higher education career, a Bachelor's in Family Social Science is the first step in reaching your goals.
The department offers three concentrations:
- Family & Community Engagement to prepare you to work directly with families in community settings;
- Family Therapy to prepare you for entry level clinical work; or
- Family Financial Studies to assist families with financial issues as a coach or counselor.
The Department also offers four Undergraduate Minors that will enhance other programs of study with an understanding of family systems.
The Department of Family Social Science has several master’s degree paths that will expand your career options. The Master’s in Family Social Science offers two completion tracks–a capstone thesis or capstone project–as well as a combined master’s/doctoral degree option.
The M.Ed. in Family Education is an online master’s degree that prepares you to deliver education programs to parents and families. In addition, the M.Ed. features a track that fulfills requirements for the Parent Education specialty teaching license.
The Department also offers a new Master's in Prevention Science, a multi-disciplinary comprehensive degree that bridges research and practice to that prepares you to evaluate and develop programs promoting the well-being of diverse families and communities.
A Graduate Minor in Family Social Science is available to students pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees. Enhance your program of study with an understanding of family theories, family research methods, and core family content.
If you want to pursue a career in academia or clinical administration and leadership, as well as opportunities in policy-related firms, government agencies, independent research institutions, school systems, and health care organizations, a Ph.D. in Family Social Science will help launch your career.
A Ph.D. Minor in Prevention Science will prepare you to promote health behaviors in populations across the lifespan and will enhance other doctoral disciplines.
The Department of Family Social Science offers an online Parent Education certificate that is designed to prepare professionals to plan, coordinate, and teach parent education programs and services for families with children from early childhood through adolescence.
The Parent and Family Education License program (offered partially online) prepares you to teach parent and family education in Minnesota’s Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) program.
Financing your education
The Department of Family Social Science has a variety of assistantships, fellowships, scholarships, and travel funds to support your education. Read more about these funds, as well as College and University resources.