Families and Society (UNST 228)


This course introduces the Families and Society cluster. The purpose of this course is to explore family issues from diverse perspectives. Current social, cultural, and political forces will be emphasized in creating a knowledge foundation for the study of human development from varied academic disciplines, including history, sociology, psychology, education, and social work.   University Studies (UNST) goals focus on increasing skills in critical thinking, communication, and writing.  This course will provide opportunities to increase these skills and will explore the diversity of human experience in the context of the family and community and promote social responsibility through addressing contemporary issues and facilitating resilience in families and communities.


The Families and Society Cluster equips students with the skills to examine family forms in the United States, their intersections with social environments, contemporary challenges, and the effect of public policies on diverse contemporary families. This Cluster highlights theoretical models rooted in ecological systems, social justice, and social responsibility, as well as individual and micro-level family experiences. Students from all majors who participate in the Families and Society Cluster will find the courses relevant to their own and others’ family experiences, while also developing a foundation to enhance career development in a variety of fields, such as education, business, social work, public health, and other health disciplines.

Featured Pathways


  • Anthropology
  • Child and Family Studies
  • Communication
  • Community Health
  • Psychology
  • Special Education

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Families and Society Cluster Courses 

Families and Society Learning Outcomes


Cluster Coordinator: 
Ben Anderson-Nathe, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Child and Family Studies
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