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Minor in HDF

An HDF minor provides a program of study with a focus on the development of children, families, and adults. Please see the recommended course list below for suggested minor concentrations.

Once you have completed the majority of the courses, please fill out the Minor Field of Study form and bring it to the HDF Department Chair for his/her signature. Please include all completed and planned courses. Approval of a minor does not guarantee space in any course required or selected for the minor.

Requirements

The minor field of study requires 18 credits in courses with an HDF code, attaining a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in those courses. At least half of the credits must be earned at the University of Rhode Island. The senior field placement, HDF 480/1, CANNOT be used for the minor. It should be noted that HDF 200, HDF 201, and HDF 202 or equivalent  are prerequisites for many of the upper level courses.

Recommended courses for minor

(choose 6 from list)

See all HDF Course Descriptions

Focus on Child Development

  • HDF 200: Life Span Development I
  • HDF 203: Introduction to Work with Children
  • HDF 230: Marriage and Family Relationships
  • HDF 306: Infant Development
  • HDF 400: Child Development: Advanced Course
  • HDF 430: Family Interaction
  • HDF 433: Family Life Education
  • HDF 434: Children and Families in Poverty
Focus on Adolescent Development

  • HDF 200: Life Span Development I
  • HDF 201: Life Span Development II
  • HDF 230: Marriage and Family Relationships
  • HDF 310/HDF 311: Adolescent Development/Field Experience
  • HDF 430: Family Interaction
  • HDF 433: Family Life Education
  • HDF 434: Children and Families in Poverty
  • HDF 450: Introduction to Counseling
Focus on Adulthood/Gerontology

  • HDF 201: Life Span Development II
  • HDF 230: Marriage and Family Relationships
  • HDF 312: Adult Development
  • HDF 314: Introduction to Gerontology
  • HDF 421: Death, Dying, and Bereavement
  • HDF 431: Family and the Elderly
  • HDF 432: Perspectives on Parenting
  • HDF 440: Environmental Context of Aging
Focus on Family Finance

  • HDF 205: Family Financial Issues Across the Lifespan
  • HDF 225: Consumer in the Economy
  • HDF 418: Personal Finance
  • HDF 428: Consumer Protection
  • HDF 424: Personal Finance Applications
  • HDF 434: Children and Families in Poverty
  • HDF 450: Introduction to Counseling
Focus on Family

  • HDF 200: Life Span Development I
  • HDF 201: Life Span Development II
  • HDF 205: Family Financial Issues Across the Lifespan
  • HDF 230: Marriage and Family Relationships
  • HDF 305: Involving Families in Diverse Early Childhood Settings
  • HDF 430: Family Interaction
  • HDF 431: Family and The Elderly
  • HDF 432: Perspectives on Parenting
  • HDF 433: Family Life Education
  • HDF 434: Children and Families in Poverty
Focus on Community

  • HDF 200: Life Span Development I
  • HDF 201: Life Span Development II
  • HDF 357: Family and Community Health
  • HDF 433: Family Life Education
  • HDF 434: Children and Families in Poverty
  • HDF 437: Law and Families in the United States
  • HDF 440: Environmental Context of Aging

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