Bachelor's in Family Social Science
The science of helping families
The Bachelor of Science in Family Social Science degree will prepare you to understand families from an interdisciplinary and multicultural perspective. Coursework is enhanced with community-based and career-focused experiential learning that gives you the opportunity to apply new knowledge and practice new skills in a supportive environment. You can choose from three specializations:
- Family & Community Engagement to work directly with families in community settings.
- Family Therapy that will prepare you for entry level clinical work, advanced study in marriage and family therapy, or a practitioner certificate such as the parent education teaching license.
- Family Financial Studies to assist families with financial issues as a coach or counselor.
A Bachelor's in Family Social Science prepares you to work with families in professional environments. Visit our Alumni & Friends page to read some of their stories, or visit the College of Education and Human Development's Career Services page to view a list of potential employers, internship sites, and job titles. Half of our graduates pursue advanced degrees in family social science, couple and family therapy, or related programs such as social work.
Number of undergraduate students who complete an internship or other career-focused community work and learning experience.
Students of color in the Department of Family Social Science undergraduate program.
Graduating with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Family Social Science degree requires the completion of 55-58 credits in the major as well as Liberal Education requirements and electives, totaling 120 University credits. Foundational courses include economics, communications, and statistics, and the program capstone is a four-credit internship in a research or field study, totaling 180 hours.
How to declare a Major in Family
If you are a current UMN undergraduate and are interested in declaring a Family Social Science major, visit CEHD Student Services for complete directions.
The Bachelor's in 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.
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.
Critical communication skills
The Department of Family Social Science uses the University's pioneering writing-enriched curriculum (WEC). FSoS faculty identified these seven writing abilities as essential for career and personal success:
- Understand and employ standard academic English usage, structure, and organization; use language effectively in a written, comprehensible manner, (i.e., using cohesive paragraphs).
- Communicate in different mediums (i.e., research, reflection, evaluation) appropriate to the content, delivery mechanisms, and audience.
- Access, select, interpret, apply, and evaluate research and non-research-based information.
- Use APA style when needed.
- Engage in a process of writing that utilizes revisable drafts.
- Write about complex systems levels.
- Write ethically with honesty, integrity, originality, and contextual sensitivity.