Minor in Child and Family Studies

A collage of young children.

Students from across the University choose to minor in Child and Family Studies.  These students complete 18 semester hours of coursework emphasizing the importance of families as systems of interconnected individuals and the relationships between family dynamics, resiliency, community wellness and quality of life. Students can tailor the curriculum to reflect their interest and career goals.







The following courses are required for a minor in Child and Family Studies:

  • CD 350    Child Development
  • FAM 351   Marital and Family Relations
  • FAM 452   Parenthood

Additionally, students must choose nine semester hours from the following courses:

  • CD 351      Advanced Child Development
  • CD 352/L   Behavior and Guidance of Young Children
  • CD 451/L   Infant Development
  • CD 452/L   Child Development Methods and Materials
  • FAM 352    Families and Adolescents
  • FAM 442    Personal and Family Financial Management
  • FAM 450    Sexuality in the Family
  • FAM 453    The Family in Later Life
  • FAM 455    Family Theories
  • FAM 456    Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy

Students interested in a Child and Family Studies Minor should come be the Department in Owings-McQuagge Hall room 129 or email ruth.brooks@usm.edu.