Family Studies

Family Studies is a minor offered at Dakota Wesleyan within the field of sociology. Sociology is the study of human behavior in groups and institutions – family, religion, economics, government and education. It examines issues and topics such as wealth and poverty, deviant behavior, criminal justice, values, self-identity, social change, ethnic groups, war and peace, and the effects of social groups upon individual behavior and thought. This program is designed to provide basic skills and knowledge needed by professions that involve working with people; to prepare students for graduate study in the field of sociology; and to help students become competent participants in community and other societal activities.

The following is a breakdown of the courses to be taken to complete this minor:

Course Requirements
SOC 152 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC 154 Marriage and the Family 3
SOC Electives 12
  Total 18


SOC 317 Minority Groups 3
SOC 332 Social Psychology 3
SOC 350 Adjustment to Aging 3
SOC 427 Women and Gender Studies 3
HMS 330 Child Welfare 3
PSY 337 Adolescent Psychology 3


Other courses may be approved in consultation with the department.

Students who have a major in behavioral sciences must take six more hours in sociology for the sociology minor because courses may not be used in more than one major or minor, or for both a major and a minor.

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