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Minoring in a particular subject area can help you further personalize and specialize your education to meet your future goals. The College of Health and Human Development's eight departments are home to a variety of minors. In addition, inter-college minors can complement your major and boost your career preparation.

Bioethics and Medical Humanities icon-olus-circle

Study life and health sciences alongside humanities disciplines, ranging from ethics and history to religious studies and literature.  This intersection affects a variety of careers related to health and human development, including ethical situations in clinical practice, nutritional sciences, and other healthcare fields.

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Suggested majors for Bioethics and Medical Humanities minors

Child Maltreatment and Advocacy Studies icon-olus-circle

Gain an interdisciplinary understanding of child maltreatment, the structure of child protective service systems, and ways to identify, investigate, treat, and prevent child maltreatment.  These are important skills for many health and human development students who plan to work in a setting focused on children and families, including healthcare, counseling, and education.

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Suggested majors for Child Maltreatment and Advocacy Studies minors

Deafness and Hearing Studies icon-olus-circle

Learn about people with hearing disabilities, audition, and deafness, and be able to recognize the impact of deafness and its cultural differences on an individual in educational, social, and vocational settings. 

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Suggested majors for Deafness and Hearing Studies minors

Disability Studies icon-olus-circle

Develop a broad understanding of disability, including social systems, environmental factors, and cultural history.  This minor will help supplement studies in both the clinical realm and humanities disciplines, including discussions of human value and political agency.

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Suggested majors for Disability Studies minors

Diversity and Inclusion in Health and Human Development icon-olus-circle

Explore the role of racial, ethnic, socioeconomic status, and cultural diversity in various health and human development careers, including healthcare, education, hospitality, and tourism.  Employers in these fields know their workforce and customers are becoming more diverse, and they actively seek employees with cultural competencies.

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Majors for Diversity and Inclusion in Health and Human Development minors

Entrepreneurship and Innovation icon-olus-circle

Address pressing needs in established companies and initiate new business opportunities around the world.  This minor uses problem-based and active learning to prepare students to be agents of positive change in their careers.

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Suggested majors for Entrepreneurship and Innovation minors

Gerontology icon-olus-circle

Gain an in-depth understanding of the aging process and old age.  With a growing number of older people in the population, employers in all disciplines are actively seeking workers with knowledge of the aging process and problems faced by older adults. 

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Suggested majors for Gerontology minors

Global Health icon-olus-circle

Understand the theoretical and practical issues affecting health in populations around the world, the study of which will support careers in public health intervention, education, policy, or research.  This is a competitive minor, so students must apply.

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Suggested majors for Global Health minors

Health Policy and Administration icon-olus-circle

Support a career in the healthcare industry by learning policy issues and administrative challenges related to quality, cost, and access to healthcare.

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Suggested majors for Health Policy and Administration minors

Human Development and Family Studies icon-olus-circle

Take an interdisciplinary approach to understanding how individuals develop across the lifespan and how families and communities influence individual development.  This minor can support careers in a variety of industries designed to improve the lives of individuals and families, including human services, health professions, education, marketing, and human resources.

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Suggested majors for Human Development and Family Studies minors

  • Biobehavioral Health — Understand how biological, behavioral, and psychological functions influence individual and family development.
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders — Work with developmental issues and family dynamics in speech-language and audiology careers. 
  • Health Policy and Administration — Interact with health care managers and policy makers in non-profit and human services careers.
  • Hospitality Management — Deal with families visiting hotels and restaurants by bringing a strong human resources background.
  • Kinesiology — Examine how sports and physical activity play a role in development and family relationships.
  • Nutritional Sciences — Support the nutritional needs of children and adolescents or assist non-profit organizations addressing nutritional challenges.
  • Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management — Develop healthy leisure and recreational activities for healthy child development and adult aging.
Information Sciences and Technology in Health Policy and Administration icon-olus-circle

Meet the critical need for individuals with expertise in health care information technology by learning to develop web-based systems for patient education and physician-patient interaction, securely transmit sensitive medical information, and pioneer advanced technologies like remote robotic surgery.  This is a competitive minor, so students must apply.

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Suggested majors for Information Sciences and Technology in Health Policy and Administration minors

Kinesiology icon-olus-circle

Take an interdisciplinary approach to the study of human movement, including specialized studies in arts, humanities, sciences, and professional disciplines.

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Suggested majors for Kinesiology minors

Neuroscience icon-olus-circle

Undertake an in-depth study of the basic and functional aspects of the nervous system in preparation for technical, professional, or research careers.  This minor spans levels of investigation in neuroscience from molecular to behavioral and cognitive for a wide variety of careers in healthcare.

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Suggested majors for Neuroscience minors

Nutritional Sciences icon-olus-circle

Integrate nutritional science with the study of physiological science, behavioral science, foods and food systems management, and nutrition as medicine to help individuals and communities lead healthier lives.

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Suggested majors for Nutritional Sciences minors

  • Biobehavioral Health — Combine social understanding of health, genetics, or neuroscience with biological and community nutrition for careers in science or public health.
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders — Understand how swallowing related to communication disorders is connected to nutritional challenges and related health issues.
  • Health Policy and Administration — Understand finance, insurance, and other administrative and policy aspects in a variety of healthcare settings.
  • Hospitality Management — Understand the nutritional focus of restaurants, hotels, and other hospitality businesses.
  • Human Development and Family Studies — Support the nutritional needs of children and adolescents or assist non-profit organizations addressing nutritional challenges.
  • Kinesiology — Emphasize both nutritional and physical activity wellness in a variety of settings, including collegiate or professional sports teams.
  • Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management — Work in nutrition at public facilities, including national and community parks, resorts, and tourism destinations.
Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management icon-olus-circle

Gain a broad understanding of recreation and leisure services and the professional skills essential for delivering them in a variety of settings, including resorts, theme parks, convention centers, sports and fitness facilities, private corporations, nonprofit and government agencies, colleges and universities, correctional facilities, camps, public parks, nature centers, and healthcare facilities.

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Suggested majors for Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management minors

Rehabilitation and Human Services icon-olus-circle

Study skills related to health, disability, and interpersonal interactions.  Employers actively seek individuals who can interact and relate to a population that is living longer with chronic illnesses and disabilities due to medical advances, as well as understand how individuals adapt to social issues, such as poverty, addiction, family violence, and homelessness.

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Suggested majors for Rehabilitation and Human Services minors

Service Enterprise Engineering icon-olus-circle

Apply industrial engineering techniques for modeling, analysis, and design to service enterprise industries, many of which are related to health and human development, including hospitals and human services.  The service sector represents over 80 percent of the economy and industries actively seek employees who can address challenges in creative ways. 

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Suggested majors for Service Enterprise Engineering minors

Sustainability Leadership icon-olus-circle

Promote environmental, social, and economic stability in personal and professional settings.  This minor allows students to focus sustainability leadership studies in a particular topic, many of which are related to health and human development fields.

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Suggested majors for Sustainability Leadership minors