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HDFS majors must take 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 are an opportunity to specialize your degree, and should be chosen carefully. You should keep your career goals in mind and select courses that will strengthen your progress toward those goals. Supporting courses in other departments can sometimes be double-counted towards a minor in that area. Look into Complementary Minors for HDFS Majors to see the minors that students commonly pair with HDFS. You may not double count a course as a supporting course and a Gen Ed.

Some of the courses on this supporting list have prerequisites. Make sure you meet the prerequisite(s) before registering for a course.

Courses that are not on the supporting list may be taken pending consultation with advisor and departmental approval of a course substitution petition. We recommend consulting your advisor when choosing supporting courses.

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

The HDFS Supporting Course List is in a table. 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”.