College of Social and Behavioral Sciences2016-2017

Department of Sociology and Social Work

Family Studies, Minor

This plan will not be available to new students after Summer 2019

Students taking this minor will study the role of the essential societal unit: the family. Students will explore the changes in family dynamics over Humankind evolution-and look at research about how families have changed recently. coursework will also cover the issues unique to family relationships. This minor is not available to sociology majors.


What Can I Do with a Minor in Family Studies?

If you're a Psychology, Criminal Justice, or Social Work major—to name a few—a minor in Family Studies can enhance your education by giving you valuable knowledge about the family unit. In this minor, you'll gain a basic understanding of the role that family has played in society, the dynamics of the family in transition, and current research relating to family issues.

Whether your career takes you into public service, private industry, or a non-governmental organization, this minor will help you understand-and act effectively-in the world around you.

University Requirements

  • A minor is earned in conjunction with a bachelor's degree.

    To receive a minor (18 to 24 units) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject matter areas with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. At least 12 units of the minor must be unique to that minor and not applied to any other minor.


In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 21


Minor Requirements
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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