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Minor in HDFS

A minor in HDFS prepares students to understand and apply the science of individual development and interpersonal interactions to any other field of study.


Gain specialized knowledge about development and relationships that you can apply to work in other majors/careers.


Use research and theory to understand diverse life experiences as we age and interact within social contexts.


Apply knowledge of development and relationships to your personal life and interactions as a child, sibling, partner, parent, friend, or coworker.

Minoring in HDFS can enhance your major:
Nursing and Health Professions Enhance your work with patients of all ages with strong knowledge of normative development; Learn about the role of families and relationships in patient health and treatment.
Education Understand cognitive and social developmental milestones and the importance of peer relationships; Learn how families and their social locations influence children’s growth and learning.
Social Work Learn how environments and context influence the needs and resources of people you serve; Understand the role of relationships and development in service delivery.
Business Understand youth and families as consumers; Enhance human resources programs that support development and relationships.
Psychology Dive deeper into families, social, and cultural experiences as a context for individual growth; Apply a systems view to mental health and social cognition.
Sociology and Anthropology Understand families as a key social structures within cultures; Focus on reciprocal influences of individuals and families in their social contexts.
Journalism Identify how families consume and are influenced by media and social messages; Understand how to report on important youth and family issues.
Communication Learn the role of communication in family and social systems; Create public relations and marketing campaigns for agencies that support children and families.
Engineering Develop applied solutions that help individuals and families navigate the world around them; Understand how people interact with their physical environments.
Political Science Understand how policies and government influence peoples’ everyday lives; Use developmental and relationship research to inform and advocate for policies that support individuals, children, and families.
Parks & Recreation; Natural Resources Create recreation, sports, and outdoor programs that foster positive youth development; Understand how leisure and nature programs support social and cognitive development and enhance relationships.

Apply for the HDFS Minor: Complete the online application. The application should be submitted when you begin taking HDFS courses to fulfill the minor and before all required courses are complete. Requirements in place at the time of application are the student’s responsibility.

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Criteria and Coursework for the HDFS Minor

To earn a minor in HDFS, an undergraduate student must successfully complete 15-16 credit hours of coursework, as indicated in the two groups listed below. Students must earn a grade of C- or better in each course used to satisfy the minor requirements, and a minimum 2.00 GPA overall for the HDFS minor courses taken. Satisfactory/unsatisfactory (pass/fail) graded courses will not be accepted for the purpose of meeting minor requirements.

A total of 6 hours of transfer credit from other colleges or universities outside of the University of Missouri – Columbia will be accepted for the minor in HDFS, provided the transfer courses are a direct equivalent to MU HDFS courses.

A minor must be completed and awarded at the same time as the MU undergraduate degree (i.e., minors cannot be claimed after graduation). Once an HDFS minor is awarded, a student cannot return to MU to complete a second undergraduate major in HDFS.

Students cannot earn a major and a minor in HDFS.

Recent curriculum changes only apply to students applying Fall 2022 or later. Those who have already declared the HDFS Minor must continuing following the course requirements in place at the time they applied. Contact your advisor with questions.

Required (3 courses)

  • HDFS 1600: Foundations of Family Science (3 cr)
  • HDFS 2300: Multicultural Study of Children and Families (3 cr)
  • HDFS 2400/2400W: Principles of Human Development (3 cr, standard or 4 cr, WI)

Additional courses (choose any 2 courses, some have pre-requisites so plan accordingly. At least 1 course must be at a 3000 or 4000 level.)

  • HDFS 1234      Successful Adulting
  • HDFS 1610      Intimate Relationships and Marriage
  • HDFS 2450      Human Sexuality Across the Life Span
  • HDFS 3050      Child Development: Infancy and Toddlerhood
  • HDFS 3150W  Child Development: Preschool to Pre-Adolescence – Writing Intensive
  • HDFS 3430      Adolescence and Young Adulthood
  • HDFS 3440      Adulthood and Aging
  • HDFS 3600      Partnering with Parents and Families
  • HDFS 4200      Latino/a Children, Youth, and Families
  • HDFS 4300      Black Children, Youth, and Families
  • HDFS 4610      Stress and Resilience in Families
  • HDFS 4620      Family Interaction
  • HDFS 4640      Interpersonal Relationships
  • HDFS 4700      Children and Families in Poverty
  • HDFS 4720      Child and Family Advocacy

HDFS Minor Advisor

Kelli WarzinikKelly Warzinik
Phone: (573) 882-3521