Minor in Child Services

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For students in the online BA in Interdisciplinary Studies degree program or U of A degree-seeking students:

In order to add this minor, students must consult their advisers for their academic majors.

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Learn how to serve the needs of children and their families. This online minor is intended for professionals in the field of child life or other careers that serve vulnerable children. Gain an understanding of how cognitive development, developmental stages, environments, health care, and parenting styles impact children and their families. You will learn best practices and the process of certification for the profession of Child Life Specialist.


You Will Learn To:

  • Critically analyze the major theories of human development from birth to the end of adolescence.
  • Develop a familiarity with the profession of child life and child life programming.
  • Identify how the context of families, schools and hospitals interact with children’s developmental trajectories.


Required Courses

  • HDFS 1403 - Life Span Development
  • HDFS 2433 - Child Development
  • HDFS 3463 - The Hospitalized Child: Child Life Programming
    (Prerequisites: HDFS 2433 and HDFS or BRKD majors, HDFS or CDSV minors, or IDST major with a CDSV or HDFS track)
  • HDFS 4313 - Building Family and Community Relationships
    (Prerequisites: HDFS or BRKD majors, HDFS or CDSV minors, or IDST major with CDSV track or IDST major with HDFS track)
  • HDFS 4353 - Play as Development in Childhood
    (Prerequisite: HDFS 2433)