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Family Studies
    Haag Hall , Room 208
    5100 Rockhill Road
    (816) 235-2529
Program Director:
Deborah B. Smith Contact Information, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, (816) 235-2529

Family Studies Minor

Through its Family Studies Program, the College of Arts and Sciences offers a family studies minor for matriculated undergraduate students interested in the welfare and empowerment of American families. This interdisciplinary academic curriculum introduces participants to the sociological and psychological foundations of families, as well as the historical, political and social climates in which they exist. Students who complete the 18-hour (nine hours core and nine hours elective) course of study will have expanded career opportunities in areas such as human services, health care, law, communications, program development and academic research.

Students wishing to complete a minor must declare their intention to their adviser. Completion of the minor is recorded on the student's transcript.

The following classes can be used toward the nine credit hours of core requirements:

  • SOCIOL 310R Families and the Life Course or PSYCH 453P Family Life Cycle: Developmental Approach to Understanding Family Dynamics (Note: These two classes are equivalent. Do not take both SOCIOL 310R and PSYCH 453P.)
  • SOCIOL 211 Social and Psychological Development Through the Life Cycle
  • PSYCH 322 Child Psychology (Note: PSYCH 210 is a prerequisite for this course.)
  • Other classes can be used toward the required nine credit hours of electives for the family studies minor.

For a list of classes fulfilling the Family Studies Minor elective requirements each semester, please consult the website: or contact the Family Studies Program Director.