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Family Studies, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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The purpose of this major and minor is to enable students to critically examine the family using a variety of theories and methods. Family studies scholars can develop understanding of business and communication dynamics, health and social concerns, and psychological and theological matters affecting families and their members. A major and minor in family studies are flexible and multidisciplinary, providing for both broad exposure and disciplinary integration. Both the major and minor provide preparation for advanced study in family studies and the allied fields, as well as professional work in organizations focusing on families.

A student may take no more than three courses from a single discipline toward the major in Family Studies. The major in family studies does not provide a license for a student to do therapy or counseling; it does provide a foundation for employment in the human services field and/or for graduate studies in multiple areas where a license can be earned, if so desired. Students will select elective courses in careful consultation with the director of family studies and/or his or her advisor, choosing those that best support the student's future professional, graduate and/or personal goals and aspirations. The elective selections might also include strong recommendations for a double major in another discipline and/or courses in research methods taken in a constituent department - the latter especially recommended for students wishing to pursue graduate work in Family Social Science or Psychology, Social Work, or other related fields.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Love, Sex and Friendship
  • Chemical Dependency and the Family
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Family and Couple Communication
  • Family Business Management
  • Individual Study
  • Experiential Learning/Internship
  • Health and Family Education: Curriculum, Assessment, and Administration
  • Human Sexuality Education
  • The Anatomy of Violence
  • Psychology of Infancy and Childhood
  • Lifespan Development
  • Psychology of Adolescence
  • Psychology of Adulthood and Aging
  • Psychology of Marriage and the Family
  • Relationships, Intimacy and Sexuality
  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment
  • Generalist Practice I: Small Client Systems
  • Family Resilience and Diversity
  • Adolescence in Society
  • Marriages and Families
  • Sex in Society
  • Christian Marriage

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

General Requirements

  • The official undergraduate application for admission 
  • The admissions committee considers each student’s academic record, writing sample and recommendations, if applicable. Depending on the Admission Type to which you applied - Early Action or Regular Decision - applications are reviewed by the Admissions Committee and decisions announced at the respective notification date
  • Each confirmed student is required to provide a final high school transcript after graduation prior to the first day of class in the fall semester of admission.
  • Undergraduate students enrolled in 12 or more credits each semester are required to demonstrate proof of health insurance coverage.
  • Tuition Fee

    • International

      44780 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 22390 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
    • National

      44780 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 22390 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
    • In-State

      44780 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 22390 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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    Living costs for Saint Paul

    • 1040 - 1760 USD/month
      Living Costs

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