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Human Development and Family Science

A minor in Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) can be a great compliment to any degree program. It is particularly beneficial for students who plan to work with children, families, and/or individuals in helping roles. The minor allows students to delve into how humans develop across the lifespan and understand individuals in the context of the family environment.

What Courses Might I Take?

Review the list of approved courses applicable to the Human Development and Family Science minor.

Why Choose This Program?

The HDFS minor consists of 15 semester hours. The department focuses on issues related to normal human development across the lifespan and views the family as the primary context in which development occurs. A primary objective is to increase knowledge and understanding of human and family development and the impact of developmental and social factors on the overall being of individuals and families.

How Can I Learn More?

Although a minor is not required for all students, some students choose to add a minor to complement their degree program. Students can declare some minors by meeting with the College of Education and Human Ecology Academic Program Coordinator, while others require permission from the department offering the minor. Students must declare their minor at least by the time the graduation application is submitted. Early declaration is highly encouraged. Once the minor program is filed in the college office, any changes must be approved. Contact the Office of Undergraduate Student Services for details.

The College of Arts and Sciences maintains a list of minors available at The Ohio State University. Please review the information listed there for the minor you are interested in and follow the stated procedures to declare this minor.