Minor in Child and Family Studies

This interdisciplinary minor combines the fields of psychology, sociology, education, and theology to provide an integrative field of study which examines child development, the social, cultural, and theological functions of the family, and the dynamics of family systems. The minor is designed to provide students with exposure to knowledge and skills necessary for professional careers in human services and leadership roles in the church, family and community in addition to preparing students for further education in family studies and related areas (e.g., marriage and family studies, early childhood education, pastoral care).

Required Courses Credits
Choose at least 1 PSY 230 – Lifespan Development of the Family (3) 3
SOC 237 – Introduction to Marriage and Family Studies (3)
Choose at least 2 PSY 213 – Developmental Psychology (3) 6
PSY 217 – Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood (3)
PSY 314 – Child Psychopathology (3)
Choose at least 1 PSY 220 – Culture and Human Development (3) 3
PSY 325 – Human Sexuality (3)
PSY 326 – Family Systems Theory through Film (3)
Electives: Any of the above courses beyond the minimum (3) 3
EDU 219 – Educational Psychology (3)
SOC 362 – Gender Relations (2)
SOC 330 – Culture and Family (2)
SOC 394 – Internship in Family Studies (1-6)
THEL 310 – Women, Men and the Image of God (3)
THEL 337 – Theological Foundations of the Family (3)
Special Topics Courses as Approved By Department Chair (2-3)
Total (minimum) 15


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