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All HDFS majors have to take either 12 or 18 credits worth of supporting courses to complete the major. These courses may be HDFS courses, or students may select courses from the list of approved supporting courses in other departments.

Supporting Courses List

The Supporting Course List is in an excel file. Column A has the course abbreviation, Column B has the course title, and C contains a brief course description. For more information about the content of a course, contact the department offering it.

The list is long. Keep scrolling down to see the full list of courses, or search for key words of interest, such as “aging” or “gender”. You may not double count a course as a supporting course and a Gen Ed. Not all courses are offered at all locations or every semester. Please call the offering department if you have questions about whether a course will be offered in the semester you hope to take it.

These supporting courses are your best opportunity to specialize your major. Don’t just look at the list of supporting courses and randomly pick. Think carefully about what you want to learn, and then see if you can find the best supporting courses for your needs.

Use these courses to explore fields that interest you or to build your knowledge in a particular field. For instance:

  • Students interested in human resources can take courses in Labor & Employment Relations or Business Administration
  • Students interested in teaching and education can take courses in the College of Education on curriculum and instruction or educational theory and policy.
  • Students interested in advocacy and social policy can take courses in Economics, Political Science, or Sociology
  • Students interested in women’s issues might take courses in women’s studies or sociology.

Note: If you plan to go to graduate school in a specific field, look into several graduate programs to see if there are specific courses they like students to have taken. Programs in fields including occupational therapy, child life, and premed have specific courses they like to see on transcripts. This is another chance to fill in those courses.

Optional Minors

Often students with a clear career goal decide to pursue a minor and many, if not all, of the courses for the minor can be double-counted as supporting courses if they are on the supporting course list. Go to the optional minors web page to see a list of common minors for HDFS students.

Even if you don’t complete a minor, using these supporting courses to focus on exploring careers and building relevant skills and knowledge is very helpful. Students often add a section to their resume called “Relevant Coursework” to highlight courses that uniquely prepare them for a particular internship or job.

Go to the HDFS career planning website for more information about how to choose your courses to support career exploration and planning.