The Human Development and Family Studies minor provides students across all majors with an opportunity to select course work relevant to their career goals. Students will learn about human development at various stages of the lifespan, within the context of diverse families and social identities. This minor offers students the opportunity to expand their thinking about how relationships, family, culture, biological make-up, and environmental factors influence outcomes related to thinking skills, physical health, and social-emotional well-being across the life cycle. Students will gain an awareness of how to optimize their own and other's development in their careers and personal lives. The HDFS department is committed to promoting the success and well-being of students from heterogeneous backgrounds and experiences.
Upon successful completion of the Minor in Human Development and Family Studies, students will have:
1. Foundational knowledge of human development within the context of diverse families, social identities, and environmental influences.
2. Knowledge and skills for optimizing the development, health and well-being of individuals and families relevant to their field(s) of interest.
Effective Fall 2023
Students must satisfactorily complete the total credits required for the minor. Minors and interdisciplinary minors require 12 or more upper-division (300- & 400-level) credits. Additional courses may be required due to prerequisites.
Courses from this list may not double-count for the Gerontology Interdisciplinary Minor.
A minimum grade of C (2.000) is required in each course used to satisfy the requirements of the Minor in Human Development and Family Studies. Courses used as substitutions also require a minimum grade of C (2.000).
|HDFS 101||Individual and Family Development (GT-SS3)||3|
|Select a minimum of 18 credits from the following (a minimum of 12 credits must be 300-level or higher):||18|
|Perspectives in Gerontology|
|Creative Experiences for Children|
|Introduction to Research Methods|
|Infant and Child Development in Context|
|Adolescent/Early Adult Development in Context|
|Adult Development-Middle Age and Aging|
|Disability across the Lifespan and Culture|
|Disabilities in Early Childhood Education|
|Infancy and Toddlerhood|
|Death, Dying, and Grief|
|Family and Parenthood Across the Lifespan|
|Applied Research Methods|
|Lifespan Intervention and Prevention Science|
|Couple and Family Studies|
|Families in the Legal Environment|
|Child Life Theory and Practice|
|Promoting Early Socioemotional Development|
|Developmental Transitions in Adolescence|
|Mental and Physical Health in Adulthood|
|Risk and Resilience Across the Lifespan|
|Administration of Early Childhood Programs|
|Early Childhood Health, Safety, and Nutrition|
|Campus Connections–Mentoring At-Risk Youth: Youth Mentor|
|Leadership and Advocacy in Human Services|
|Supervised College Teaching|
|Research: Human Development|
|Research: Family Studies|
|Program Total Credits||21|