Programs and Degrees
Are you driven to:
- improve the lives of families?
- understand how culture, community, and government systems affect families and create innovative solutions to improve these systems?
- investigate some of the most pressing challenges facing families and communities with cutting edge research?
An undergraduate, master's, or doctoral degree in Family Social Science will prepare you to use research to discover and apply knowledge, build communication skills, and develop as a lifelong learner and effective leader.
Our faculty are mentors, renowned researchers, and committed teachers who are focused on your success.
The Family Social Science Department is a collaborative and supportive community devoted to family research, theory, therapy, and education. We partner and consult with families, communities, and organizations to address psychological, cultural, social, and economic issues affecting families locally, nationally, and globally.
If you have a passion for helping people, this multi-disciplinary undergraduate major will develop your counseling skills and prepare you to understand human relationships across the lifespan. Your coursework will include internships, directed research, or fieldwork.
Enhance your major with a minor that will give you a fundamental understanding of parents, children, and couples from multiple social science perspectives. You have a choice of three options.
Parent and Family Education Programs
This will prepare you to teach parent education in Minnesota's statewide Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) program. 25 credits, online
This online advanced practitioner degree will develop your competencies to work with individuals and families to enhance family life. 30 credits, online
This program is a graduate-level post-baccalaureate program approved by the State of Minnesota to prepare you for licensure as a teacher in ECFE programs. 30 credits, online
This credential will prepare you to plan, coordinate, and teach parent education programs and services. 15 credits, online
A Master's in Family Social Science will prepare you for an advanced degree in Family Social Science or a related field with the option to complete the program with a thesis or a project. You may also apply for the combined M.A./Ph.D. admission if you do not already have a master's degree.
Graduate-level minors are offered at both the master's and Ph.D. levels. Learn social science methods to deepen your understanding of parents, children, and couples in today's complex family systems. Your coursework will include family theory, research methods, and core family content.
This program will prepare you to promote healthy behaviors in populations across the lifespan. You will learn about systematic efforts to reduce the incidence of unhealthy or maladaptive behaviors, how to design and evaluate interventions and use this knowledge strategically to improve programs and advocate for change.
This online professional development course will prepare you to become proficient in understanding and applying ambiguous loss theory and includes a professional development Certificate of Completion and 15 CEUs from the University of Minnesota.