College of Education and Human Development

Family Social Science

About Us

The Department of Family Social Science (FSoS) offers degrees, certificates, and professional programs at the undergraduate, master's, and doctoral level that prepare students to use research to discover and apply knowledge, build interpersonal communication skills, and develop personally and professionally.

Our faculty are mentors, renowned researchers, and committed teachers who are focused on student success. Learn more about them in our Faculty Profile Book.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Department values and welcomes diversity in all its forms. Read the Department's statement on diversity.


Considered one of the premier family departments in the United States, our history reaches back to the very first classes taught at the University of Minnesota in 1884.


To enhance the well-being of diverse families in a changing world through teaching, research, and outreach.


Family Social Science will be an international leader in:

  • Undergraduate, graduate, and extension education
  • Discovery and application of new knowledge
  • Innovative engagement with communities


Collaboration – Excellence – Diversity – Inclusiveness – Innovation – Social relevance.

Contact Us

Main Phone: 612-625-1900
Fax: 612-625-4227
Contact form: How can we help you?

Department Office

Due to COVID-19, McNeal Hall is closed and Department staff are currently working remotely.

290 McNeal Hall on the St. Paul campus.

Office Hours:
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST.