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Family engagement is the process used to build genuine relationships with families to support overall family well-being and each family member’s positive development. Whether you plan to work with young children, youth, or adults of any age, understanding and drawing upon the power of family dynamics can enhance your efforts to improve the lives of individuals and families.

Majors that Work Well with this Minor

This minor is great for anyone majoring in:

(The minor could also work well with other majors, but students in our Family and Child program or the FCS Education program are not eligible to pursue this minor.)


Total Credits: 15

   Required Courses, 6 credit: 

  • ECYF 250 Family Relations (3 credits)
  • ECYF 350 Family in Cross-Cultural Perspectives (3 Credits)

   Electives, choose 9 credits from the following:

  • ECYF 285 Youth Work (3 credits)
  • ECYF 340 Life and Workplace Management (3 credits)
  • ECYF 360 Advanced Community Engagement and the Work of Social Justice (3 credits)
  • ECYF 375 Healthy Partner Relationships (3 credits)
  • ECYF 380 Parenting (3 credits)
  • ECYF 393 Presentations, Practices, and Techniques for Family Life Education (3 credits)
  • ECYF 484 Family Stressors and Crises (3 credits)
  • ECYF 485 Family Policy (3 credits)

For a complete list of all the courses you will take and their descriptions, please see our Course Catalog.

Note: All students in the Minor in Family Engagement may take ECYF 442 as an equivalent to ECYF 394 as ECYF 394 is no longer offered. In addition, all students adding the Minor in Family Engagement during the 2023-2024 catalog year, may take ECYF 442 as an elective in this minor. See your academic advisor.

For the possibility of completing this minor 100% online by substituting main campus courses for online ECYF family focused courses, contact the Department of Early Childhood, Youth, and Family Studies.

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How to Enroll

If you’re interested in pursuing declaring this minor, please visit the Advising Center.

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