A minor in Human Development and Family Science provides you with knowledge of key concepts underlying individual and family development across the life cycle that will complement your degree.
Who is minoring in HDFS?
Students across campus find our curriculum complementary to their major focus, including:
- Social Work
- Criminal Justice
- Communication Studies
Required Coursework (9 hours)
HDFS 2100 or HDFS 2100H or HDFS 2100E - Dating, Mating, and Communicating: Relationships in Families (formerly Development within the Family)
HDFS 2200 or HDFS 2200H or HDFS 2200E - Introduction to Lifespan Development or HDFS 2950 or HDFS 2950E - Introduction to Child Development
HDFS 3930 or HDFS 3930E - It’s Complicated: 21st-Century Intimate Relationships or HDFS 4870/6870 - Human Sexuality across the Lifespan
You get to select 2 Electives from one of our content areas. Here are some suggested options based on your major, and you can review other options by clicking on the "Requirements" link on the right side-bar.
- HDFS 5130 or HDFS 5130S- Therapeutic Benefits of Play
- HDFS 4860 - Parent Education and Child Guidance
- HDFS 5100 or HDFS 5100W - Family Intervention
- HDFS 4610 or HDFS 4610E - The Family
- HDFS 4330 - Diversity in Human Development and Family Systems
- HDFS 4880 or 4800S - Family Life Education Methodology
- HDFS 4130 - Family Perspectives in Policymaking (formerly Family Policy)
Please note that substitutions will not be granted for required or elective courses.
Research Internship (5950) is not available for minors, but you may choose to participate in the Center for Undergraduate Research (CURO). Please visit the CURO website for additional information and review the required form.
Directed Studies (HDFS 3010) are available but will not count towards your minor coursework. If you are interested in learning more about Directed Studies, students should 1) talk to a faculty member about opportunities to learn more about a specific topic; 2) meet with their advisor; 3) complete the agreement form that includes a syllabus.