This interdepartmental minor gives students the opportunity to explore theory and gain practical experience through working with people who have special needs. This includes people who have disabilities (physical, emotional, mental, or educational) or are different socioeconomically, behaviorally, or culturally. A minimum of 18 credits may be earned by taking the required courses (HDF 200 or PSY 232; PSY 442), a minimum of three credits in supervised field experience, and a minimum of nine credits of selected electives.
Courses are chosen in consultation with an advisor from one of the participating departments: Communication Studies; Education; Nutrition and Food Sciences; Human Development and Family Studies; Nursing; Kinesiology; Psychology; Sociology and Anthropology; Textiles, Fashion Merchandising, and Design; or Theatre. The College of Human Science and Services administers the program.