Minors in Human Development and Family Science

An HDF minor provides a program of study with a focus on the development of children, families, and adults. The HDF minor is a natural complement for many majors, such as psychology, nursing, health studies and communicative disorders, among others.

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 their 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.


The minor field of study requires 18 credits in courses with an HDF code.

  • At least half of the credits must be earned at the University of Rhode Island.
  • At least 12 of the 18 credits required for the minor should be at the 200 level or above, with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in those courses.
  • HDF 200 and  HDF 201 or equivalent are prerequisites for many of the upper level HDF courses.

Please note that the HDF 480/481 Senior Field Internship cannot be used for the minor. 

Recommended courses for minor

Please see the HDF Course Rotation, which indicates when courses will be offered, to help you plan your minor.

Courses denoted with * are larger section courses that often have space for non-HDF majors. Since HDF majors have first priority in our courses, we cannot guarantee you will receive permission for a number of our highly sought after, smaller-section courses.

Family Finance

Students outside the Department of Human Development and Family Science may declare a minor in family finance by completing 18 credits from any of the following: HDF 205G, 225, 318G, 418, 424, 434, 450, and 451. The overall URI minimum requirements for a minor apply (see minor fields of study).