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Explore the family studies minor at UW-Eau Claire

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's interdisciplinary family studies minor will give you a deeper understanding of the issues and problems families face in today's society. Coursework focuses on a variety of perspectives — including sociological, developmental, psychological, historical, religious, economic and anthropologic. The minor will also help you to learn about the dynamic relationships within families and the interaction between families and our society. 

Rooted in discussion and experiential learning, a minor in family studies will provide you with a better understanding of social problems and what you can do to make a positive impact on your community and the world. 


Lending a helping hand in Guatemala

The chance to help families in need took family studies minor Lindsey Drachenberg 3,000 miles from home. In an effort to solve fuel efficiency issues, the Blugold spent her winter break volunteering to create a safer cooking environment for women in Guatemala.

There, it is custom for women to remain in the home to prepare meals, and most women cook over an open fire or wood-burning stove. This can become hazardous when cooking in tightly enclosed spaces or areas without ventilation. To help improve this situation, Lindsey spent her days building fuel-efficient stoves to be installed in the homes. It was an experience that left quite an impact and deepened her passion for helping others.

“With any humanitarian work, you really come to realize how much you truly have in life,” Lindsey said. “These people were literally living in shacks, but they were so grateful. It just really puts things into perspective.”

Why family studies at UW-Eau Claire?

Personalized education. The majority of the minor is made up of course electives, giving you the ability to personalize your education and study the topics that interest you. Explore courses in psychology, history, women's studies, sociology, communication and journalism, economics and religion.

Personal and career benefits. The family studies minor will prepare you for graduate study or careers working to improve the lives of individuals, families and communities. Coursework will help you to examine the well-being of diverse individuals and families over the lifespan and recognize ways you can help make a difference. 

Family studies minor curriculum

Foundational curriculum of the family studies minor includes the history of the family in America, human development and the sociology of families. Throughout the program, you will also select elective courses to explore topics of interest to you — public policy, gender and power, child psychology, the sociology of work and more — to deepen your understanding of family dynamics in contemporary and historical contexts. 

What classes do family studies minors take?

Your classes may cover topics like: 

Learn more about the family studies minor in the UWEC catalog.

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