Sociological and theoretical analysis of the structures and functions of the family, the varied cultural patterns of the American family, and the relationships that exist among the individuals within the family, as well as the relationships that exist between the family and other institutions in society.

Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the family and marriage as social institutions through theoretical perspectives.
  • Examine the diversity and complexity of contemporary families.
  • Explore changing cultural attitudes about marriage and alternatives to marriage.
  • Critically evaluate such issues as sexuality, partner choice, resolving marital issues, having and raising children, and combining work and family.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the relationship between theories and research methods used in the scientific study of marriage and family.
  • Describe some of the historical changes and current trends regarding the structural nature of the American family including the role of gender in relationships.
  • Identify causes and consequences of relevant problems within contemporary families.

Grade Basis: L
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture hours: 48.0


  • Must be TSI Complete for Reading