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

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

  • CD 351      Advanced Child Development
  • CD 352/L   Behavior and Guidance of Young Children
  • CD 450      Administration of Child and Family Programs
  • CD 451/L   Infant Development
  • CD 452/L   Child Development Methods and Materials
  • CD 477      Developmental Disabilities in Early Childhood
  • FAM 332    Professional Presence and Influence
  • FAM 352    Families and Adolescents
  • FAM 442    Personal and Family Financial Management
  • FAM 450    Sexuality in the Family
  • FAM 452    Parenthood
  • FAM 453    The Family in Later Life
  • FAM 455    Family Theories
  • FAM 456    Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy
  • FAM 492    Special Problems in Family and Consumer Sciences

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.