Family Studies Program

Get a Minor in Family studies

The UMKC College of Arts and Sciences Family Studies Program offers a minor in family studies.  The interdisciplinary upper-level undergraduate academic curriculum introduces participants to the sociological and psychological foundations of families and the historical, political, and social climate in which they exist.

Students complete an 18-hour (nine-hour core and nine-hour elective) course of study outlined below.  Completion of the family studies minor is recorded on the student's transcript.  Complete this form with your information, obtain the signature of the Family Studies Director and you are on your way to adding value to your degree!

Family Studies minor Requirements

CORE CLASSES

Nine credit hours are required.
Psych 322 Child Psychology (3 credits) (prerequisite: Introduction to Psychology)usually offered every semester
                                                                                &
Soc 211 Sociological and Psychological Development Through the Life Cycle (3 credits)usually offered every semester
                                                                                &
Soc 310R Families and the Life Course (3 credits)
                                                                                or
Psych 453P Family Life Cycle: Developmental Approach to Understanding Family Dynamics (4 credits)

Soc 310R and Psych 453P are equivalent and will provide three credits towards the core requirements.  Do not take both Soc 310R and Psych 453P.

ELECTIVE REQUIREMENTS
Nine credit hours of elective classes are required.  A maximum of three elective credits can come from one-credit classes. 

Humn 452 Images of the Family in Art and Literature (3 credits)
A&S 400J Intimacy in the Family

Note: The Psych 453P Family Life Cycle class counts for one core course, the HUMN 452 Images of the Family in Art and Literature and A&S 400J Intimacy in the Family classes count as two elective courses. After taking the PACE Block, you only need to take Soc 211 and Psych 322 (an Introduction to Psychology is a prerequisite for this course) and one more elective course!

FALL SEMESTER PACE CLASSES

Each Fall semester the College's PACE program offers Family Studies courses one core and two elective classes. The PSYCH 453P Family Life Cycle class counts for one core course, the HUMN 452 Images of the Family in Art and Literature and A&S 400J Intimacy in the Family classes count as two elective courses. After taking the PACE Block, you only need to take Soc 211 and Psych 322 (an Introduction to Psychology is a prerequisite for this course) and one more elective course!
For more information contact the PACE Office at 235-1588.

Contact Info

Deborah B. Smith, PhD
Director, Family Studies Program
Dept of Sociology, 208 Haag Hall
5120 Rockhill Road KCMO 64111
Phone (816) 235-2529
Email: smithde@umkc.edu