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Family Social Science

Undergraduate Minor in Family Social Science

Preparing students for the future

Focused on the fundamental building block of society–the family–a Minor in Family Social Science will deepen your understanding of today's complex family systems. You can choose from three options:

  • 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 Social Science where you will explore families from social science perspectives, including diversity and family systems.

Basic course requirements include couple relationships, family systems, and diversity as well as experiential learning that will give you the opportunity to apply new skills and knowledge in a supportive environment.

Career options

A Minor in Family Social Science from one of the top programs nationwide will complement any career path–from business to medicine, to law and public policy, to engineering and the sciences.

You can also complete coursework that will prepare you for a career in family financial counseling as an Accredited Financial Counselor.

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Application Forms

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  • 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 certification, such as the parent education teaching license.
  • Family Social Science to study families from a variety of perspectives.

  • View current departmental course offerings.


    How to declare a Minor in Family Social Science

    If you are a current undergraduate and are declaring a Minor in Family Social Science:

      1. Choose the form for the minor you are seeking to complete.
      2. Complete the form entirely. Print, sign, scan and email to Chingla Thao.
      3. Once it is received, Thao will review, sign, and submit to CEHD for processing.
      4. If the form is incomplete, he will send it back to you for completion.
      5. Once approved, it takes two to three days for it to show up on APAS.

    International opportunities

    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.

    Questions?

    Please e-mail Chingla Thao, undergraduate academic advisor, at fsos-undergrad@umn.edu.