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Human Development & Family Studies

Minor in Human Development and Family Studies

Students who minor in Human Development and Family Studies gain an understanding of the psychological, sociological, and developmental theories of individual and family development. Students will learn about the influences of family, school, work and community on human development. This offers students the opportunity to focus on their major, while gaining an understanding of individual and family development, which will help them while working with individuals and family in various settings. 

This minor requires 18 credit hours, many of which can be completed online.

Core coursework includes:

14029 Introduction to Gerontology (3)

24011 Interpersonal Relationships and Families (3)               

HDFS 24012 Child Development (3)

HDFS 44020 Adolescent Development (3)

Students are required to select six hours from the following courses:

HDFS 34031 Cultural Diversity (3)

HDFS 44021 Family Intervention Across the Lifespan (3)

HDFS 44022 Changing Roles of Men and Women (3)

HDFS 44023 Building Family Strengths (3)

HDFS 44028 Parent-Child Relationships (3)

HDFS 44029 Family Policy (3)

44035 Assessment and Strategies in Case Management (3)

HDFS 44036 General Case Management Methods (3)

HDFS 44037 Positive Youth Development (3)

HDFS 44038 Professional Child and Youth Work Practice (3)

HDFS 44039 Bereavement, Trauma, and Other Losses (3)

Please contact Dr. Kelly Cichy at for more information on the minor in Human Development and Family Studies.
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