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.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Learn more about the Minor in Human Development and Family Studies on the Department of Human Development and Family Studies website.

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).

Required Course:
HDFS 101Individual 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 Credits21