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Why minor in HDFS?

HDFS complements other social sciences. The multidisciplinary HDFS perspective complements many related social sciences. For instance, psychology students may appreciate the focus on ecological contexts of development; whereas sociology students may appreciate the focus on interpersonal processes.

HDFS is relevant to diverse careers. Knowledge about the ways individuals and families develop and change over their lives can be useful in many careers. For example, health professionals (speech pathologists, occupational therapists, nurses, physicians), educators and business professionals may refine their practices based on understanding normal patterns of individual and family development.


Students are required to take 18 credits of HDFS courses to complete an HDFS minor. A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor. Students must take HDFS 129, the introductory course to the minor. Students then complete 9 credits of HDFS courses from any level and 6 credits of HDFS courses from the 400-level. More information about courses can be found on the courses page.

Getting Started

The HDFS minor can be completed at any campus location that offers courses specified in the minor. Students with 3rd semester standing may apply for the HDFS Minor. At University Park, interested students may contact adviser Devon Thomas ( to explore the HDFS minor.