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Human Development & Family Studies

Minor

The online minor in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) is designed for students who are interested in a career working with children, adolescents or adults, and emphasizes the family as an important developmental context. Students learn about developmentally appropriate practices in working with these populations which employers may value in a variety of career settings, including hospitals, counseling, child care, schools and other social institutions.

The minor is a useful addition to students’ educational background who are pursing majors in healthcare including nurses and physicians, education, business, human services and counseling, human resources, public relations, and occupational therapy.

Students are required to take six total courses.

Core Courses

Choose three courses from the following:

  • PSY 1001 - Introductory Psychology
  • PSY 2210 - Psychology of Human Development
  • PSY 3340 - Cognitive Development and Learning

OR

  • PSY 3350 - Psychology of Social Development

Electives

Choose one course from three of the following four blocks:

Developmental Applied Practices
  • PSY 1800 - Developmental Educational Psychology
  • PSY 2001 - Careers & Professional Development in Psychology
  • PSY 3440 - Cravings and Addictions:
  • PSY 3390 - Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Training
  • PSY 3980 - Internship in Psychology
  • PSY 4100 - Introduction to Clinical/Counseling Psychology
  • PSY 4970 - Psychology of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • PSY 4980 - Independent Study
  • NUT 3050 - Concepts of Lifecycle Nutrition
  • SWK 1010 - Introduction to Social Work
Developmental Science
  • PSY 2270 - Death and Dying
  • PSY 2340 - Statistics and Research Methods for the Social and Behavioral Sciences II
  • PSY 3240 - Infancy
  • PSY 3250 - Child Psychology
  • PSY 3260 - Psychology of Adolescence
  • PSY 3270 - Adulthood and Aging
  • PSY 3370 - Undergraduate Research Assistant
  • PSY 3540 - Cognitive Aging
  • PSY 4450 - Advanced Statistics: SPSS
  • SOC 3400 - Childhood and Adolescent Socialization
Family Studies 
  • PSY 2240 - Parenting Techniques
  • AAS 3550 - The Black Family 
  • CAS 3770 - Family Communication
  • CHS 3210 - The Chicano Family
  • HSP 2040 - Family Systems:
  • PAR 3070 - Working with the Contemporary Family
  • SOC 3410 - The Family in Transition
  • SWK 3200 - Social Work with Urban Families
Diversity in Development
  • PSY 2850 - Psychology of Sexuality
  • PSY 3070 - Psychology of Sexual Orientation
  • PSY 3050 - Psychology of Gender
  • PSY 3400 - Child Psychopathology (formerly “Psychology of Exceptional Children”)
  • PSY 3700 - Psychology of Group Prejudice
  • AAS 3550 - The Black Family
  • CHS 3210 - The Chicano Family
  • ECE 3860 - Cultural Socialization of Children
  • ECE 4360 - Cultural Influence on the Socialization of Children

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