College of Education and Human Development

Family Social Science

Graduate minors overview

Family Social Science graduate minors programs offer the insights and methods of the social sciences to examine how families develop and grow within various contexts and cultures.

Faculty are nationally and internationally recognized leaders and researchers committed to your success.

To learn more, explore their research projects, or watch videos of faculty members discussing their work.

Explore graduate minors

These minors include research and coursework across the breadth of family social science, including community collaborations and system change initiatives.

Graduate minor in family social science

Graduate-level minors are offered at both the master's and PhD levels. Learn social science methods to deepen your understanding of parents, children, and couples in today's complex family systems. Your coursework will include family theory, research methods, and core family content.

PhD minor in prevention science

The  PhD minor in prevention science will prepare you to promote healthy behaviors in populations across the lifespan. You will learn about systematic efforts to reduce the incidence of unhealthy or maladaptive behaviors, how to design and evaluate interventions and use this knowledge strategically to improve programs and advocate for change.

FSoS program handbook

Learn more about Family Social Science graduate programs in the the online Family Social Science Graduate Handbook.


Faculty and staff contacts

Sumitra Madhuri Ramachandran, Graduate Program Coordinator
Contact her if you have questions about FSoS Graduate programs at

Family social science leadership

Stacey Horn, Department Head and Professor,

Catherine Solheim, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies,