Professionals in human service jobs serve people throughout their lifespans, from conception to the late stages in life. This Human Development and Family Sciences minor will prepare you to interact with individuals and families from diverse sociocultural backgrounds. You will gain cultural competence and understand the importance of diversity, which are necessary for employment with governmental, private, and nonprofit human service organizations.

Required Courses

Choose 6 hours of upper division coursework from the following:

  • HDFS 3423 - Adolescent Development
  • HDFS 3443 - Families in Crisis
  • HDFS 3453 - Parenting and Family Dynamics
  • HDFS 3463 - The Hospitalized Child: Child Life Programming
  • HDFS 4313 - Building Family and Community Relationships
  • HDFS 4353 - Play as Development in Childhood
  • HDFS 4363 - Play as Development in Adulthood
  • HDFS 4413 - Infancy: Brain, Learning and Social Cognition
  • HDFS 4423 - Adult Development
  • HDFS 4473 - Multicultural Families
  • HDFS 4493 - Public Policy Advocacy for Children and Families

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.