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Family Social Science

Graduate Minor in Family Social Science

The science of helping families

The Graduate Minor in Family Social Science offers a career-enhancing program of study in theory, research, and practice. You will use the insights and methods of the social sciences to examine how families work within various contexts and cultures.

Master's level requirements

Students pursuing this minor must complete 6-7 credits from the following:

  • FSOS 8001 - Conceptual Frameworks in the Family (3 credits)
  • FSOS 8101 - Family Stress, Coping, and Adaptation (3 credits) or one of the following:
        FSOS 8013 - Qualitative Family Research Methods (3 credits)
        FSOS 5014/15 - Quantitative Family Research Methods I (4 credits + lab)
        FSOS 8014 - Quantitative Family Research Methods II (3 credits)

Ph.D. level requirements

Students pursuing this minor are required to complete at least 12 credits of Family Social Science 8xxx courses, including:

  • FSOS 8001 - Conceptual Frameworks in the Family (3 credits)
  • FSOS 8101 - Family Stress, Coping, and Adaptation (3 credits)
  • FSOS Research Methods course (one of the following):
        FSOS 8013 - Qualitative Family Research Methods (3 credits)
        FSOS 5014/15 - Quantitative Family Research Methods I and Lab (4 credits)
        FSOS 8014 - Quantitative Family Research Methods II (3 credits)
  • FSOS Elective (3 credits)

All courses for the minor must be taken A-F and completed with a GPA of at least 3.0.

How to Apply

Master's students are required to submit this application form.

PhD students are required to submit this application form.

For more information, and application instructions, visit the U of M's Graduate Catalogue.


Completed applications should be sent to:

      Family Social Science - Graduate Student Services Support
      290 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Ave
      St. Paul, MN 55108

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