Human Development and Family Science Undergraduate Minor

Enhance Your Degree With an 18 Credit Minor That Focuses on Family and Community Wellness

Minoring in Human Development and Family Science

If you’d like to study human development so that you can play a pivotal role in enhancing the quality of life for individuals, couples, families and communities, consider pairing your major with a minor in Human Development & Family Science.

Topics of Study

Human Development Across the Lifespan
  • Physical, social, cultural, sexual and relationship development
  • Infancy, childhood, adolescence, emerging adulthood, adulthood and older adulthood
  • Identity, cultural and social issues
  • Experiences of marginalized individuals
Family Dynamics
  • Couples and romantic relationships
  • Family dynamics
  • Family conflict, stress and intimacy

Sample Courses

  • HDFS 257: Contemporary Families
  • HDFS 377: Adolescence
  • HDFS 401: Basic Skills in Counseling

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Minor Requirements

  • 18 total units, 9 units must be upper division (300-400 level)
  • Minor may be fulfilled through any combination of HDFS coursework
  • HDFS 117 (or an equivalent course) is a prerequisite to many upper division courses

Minor Policies

  • Interested students must complete a Minor Information Session and online quiz
  • A 2.0 GPA is required to declare
  • Six units of experiential coursework may apply to the minor (preceptorship, independent study, research, practicum) — required applications for these courses can be found online
  • Courses used in the minor may not be applied to a student's major or second minor
  • Courses may be used toward the pre-major section of a student’s major degree plan (for example, HDFS 117 or HDFS 200 can be used toward pre-nursing requirements and the HDFS minor)
  • HDFS 150B1 cannot be used in the HDFS minor

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