Child, Family & Community Studies Minor

This social science interdisciplinary minor is co-sponsored by the Department of Psychology and the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice. It is intended for students seeking a deeper understanding of the dynamics of family relations and the interaction of the family with society.  Its mission is to prepare undergraduate students for careers and future graduate studies in the fields of education, social work and social services. Embedded within the interdisciplinary focus of the minor is an emphasis on creating reflective and compassionate practitioners who are committed to the Jesuit ideal of men and women for others.

A minor in child, family, and community studies is useful for individuals interested in collaborative activities designed to improve the well being of children, adults, and families. Issues that may typically be dealt with by people interested in this minor include unemployment, drug and alcohol abuse, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, juvenile delinquency, and an urban school system that is unable to address the complex needs of the students it serves. This minor is geared toward students interested in pursuing graduate studies in social work (MSW), counseling psychology, school psychology, or counseling education.

In addition to fulfilling academic course requirements, students will be expected to complete a service learning component that will provide students with the opportunity to obtain a hands-on, experiential aspect of this field of work. Please see below for a more detailed explanation of this component.

Service Learning

Students enrolled in the minor must complete 20 hours of volunteer work in addition to the course requirements. Melissa Wanzer, PhD, will coordinate this service learning requirement.  Upon completion of the required 20 hours, students will write a reflection paper summarizing their volunteer experiences. In this paper, students will provide the following information: an overview of the organization(s) where they completed their volunteer work (e.g., services offered by the organization, mission statement, etc.), a brief description of their actual volunteer responsibilities, and thoughts on what they gained from their volunteer experiences. Individuals interested in a more in-depth service experience may be allowed the opportunity to complete a practicum/internship (120 hours) with an affiliated, local facility.

For more information on minor requirements, please click here.