Human Development and Family Studies Minor

Human Development and Family Studies Minor

Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) focuses on the development of individuals and families across the lifespan. A minor in HDFS complements many other social science degree programs. For instance, psychology students may appreciate the focus on ecological contexts of development, whereas sociology students may appreciate the focus on interpersonal processes. Students pursuing careers in health (speech pathology, occupational therapy, nursing, medicine), education, and business may gain knowledge about the ways biological, psychological, and social factors interact. The comprehensive approach taken by HDFS to foster development and address real life problems supports its relevance to many diverse careers. 

For the HDFS minor, students are required to complete 18 credits of HDFS courses. Students must take HDFS 129, the introductory course to the minor. Students are also required to take HDFS 312W, our research methods course. Students then must complete 6 credits of HDFS courses from any level and 6 credits of HDFS courses from the 400-level. A grade of C or better is required in all courses.  

More information about the HDFS program, its courses, and contact information for faculty can be found on the HDFS program website  Students with 5th semester standing may apply for the HDFS minor.