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Family Studies Minor

The Family Studies minor is an interdisciplinary program which focuses on human development within the family context, the nature of family interactions and family issues, and family interactions within boarder social institutions.  The minor is beneficial to all students and supports work in a variety of fields including health care, social services, counseling, youth services, teaching, ministry, family law and business.

Program Goals: 

  1. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the complexity of individual and family development across the life span in diverse contexts and changing environments.
  2. Students will analyze processes, policies and contextual factors that affect the delivery of human services to individuals and families.

15 Credits Total

Choose one of the following:

  • PSYC 220:  Lifespan Developmental Psychology (offered every semester)
  • PSYC 310:  Child Development (offered every fall semester)
  • SOWK 331:  Human Behavior in the Social Environment I (offered every spring, restricted to social work majors)

Choose four additional courses from the following:

  • CRMJ 364:  Juvenile Justice (offered every fall)
  • NURS 332:  Child Health Nursing (offered both fall and spring, restricted to junior level nursing majors)
  • PHIL 244:  Philosophy of Education (offered spring odd years)
  • PYSC 421:  Family Therapy (offered spring odd years)
  • SOCL 345:  Marriage and Family (offered spring odd years)
  • SOWK 328/VUSM 281:  Understanding and Working with Mexicans in the U.S. (offered every spring)
  • SOWK 333:  Child Welfare (offered spring odd years)
  • SOWK 334:  Social Work with Families (offered fall odd years)
  • SOWK 360:  Interpersonal Violence (offered fall even years)

For more information contact:

Deb Daehn Zellmer
Social Work Department
Coordinator of Family Studies Minor
Murphy Center 521
Phone:  608-796-3728
Email:  ddzellmer@viterbo.edu 

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