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Family Studies Concentration

Our Sociology/Family Studies curriculum is the only undergraduate program in Virginia designated by the National Council on Family Relations as a Certified Family Life Educator curriculum.  This distinction allows students who complete the program an abbreviated track to becoming Certified Family Life Educators and gives them a competitive edge in pursuing careers working with families.

Students who pursue this program take a wide range of classes that are designed to teach them about all facets of the family life cycle - from birth to death - and the variety of issues that families encounter, both ordinary and expected as well as traumatic and unexpected.


Sociology Major, BA or BS Degree; Family Studies Concentration

General Education Core Requirements - 38 credits
  (SOCL/FMST majors should take PSYC 101 for Goal 8)

Additional Degree Requirements - BA degree - 6 credits
Additional Degree Requirements – BS degree/6-7 credits

Major Requirements/38 credits 
 SOCL 101 (3) Principles of Sociology
 SOCL 102 (3) Contemporary Social Problems

 SOCL 222 (3) Perspectives on Childhood and Parenting
 SOCL 233 (3) Introduction to Social Inequality and Difference
 SOCL 241 (3) Marriage and the Family
 SOCL 345 (3) Social Research and Program Evaluation
 SOCL 346 (3) Statistics for the Social Sciences
 SOCL 401 (3) Sociological Theory
 SOCL 461 (3) Senior Seminar
 PSYC 373 (3) Life Span Development
 SOWK 337 (3) Family and Children’s Services

Choose six credits from the following: 
 SOCL 220 (3) Self in Society
 SOCL 275 (3) Sociology of the Welfare State and Social Policy
 SOCL 306 (3) Stess and Crisis in Families
 SOCL 325 (3) Gender and Society
 SOCL 331 (3) Aging and the Life Course
 SOCL 332 (3) Sociology of Dying and Death
 SOCL 351 (3) Sociology of Family Violence

Internship/Directed Study (choose 3 credits from the following. 1 credit fulfills Gen Ed Goal 14): 
 SOCL 490 (3) Directed Independent Study
 SOCL 492 (3) Internship in Sociology
 SOCL 498 (3) Honors Research in Sociology

General Electives - BA Degree/38 credits; BS Degree/37-38 credits


Advising Resources

2015 and subsequent catalogs:

Catalogs prior to 2015:

Course Rotation: