Family Studies Minor
“Family studies is not just a minor that deals with the idea of family – it is an in depth study about the constructs/structure of the family, how it operates, functions and what constitutes a family” –Amanda
“I am glad I decided on the family studies minor. I enjoyed all of the classes I took for it very much.” –Jenna
The Marquette University Family Studies
Interdisciplinary Minor introduces students to scholarship pertaining to the
family across many disciplinary perspectives. The course of study in the minor
is geared to bridge vocabularies and interpretations of family, providing
students with an understanding of the complex meanings of family life.
program combines social scientific, applied, and humanistic approaches to
family issues. In so doing, the minor focuses on both theory and praxis. In
addition, the Family Studies Interdisciplinary Minor seeks to demonstrate ways
in which knowledge about family allows for the development of personal and
professional growth as well as the application of principles of social justice.
Students undertaking this minor will study the family as an experience of human existence, a system within our society and as a resource which fulfills basic human needs. The goals of the minor as an academic discipline are to provide various theoretical
perspectives on the family, utilize various research
methodologies, and to explore the multiple purposes
of the family including its role in health maintenance.
A rigorous and thorough knowledge of the family is appropriate to any
Dr. Lynn H. Turner
Professor/Director, Family Studies
J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication
Johnston Hall 426
Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881