Human Development and Family Sciences

Undergraduate Minor

Make a difference in the lives and relationships of others by learning to apply research-based knowledge and skills in Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS).

Corvallis Campus


Add the human development and family sciences minor to learn how people change across their lifespan within the contexts of families, schools and communities.

This minor complements other academic degrees such as:

  • Allied health sciences
  • Education
  • Public health
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

This minor is offered on OSU’s Corvallis campus and online through Ecampus.

   Declare this minor


A minor in HDFS will enable you to:

  • Explore how individuals develop and become resilient over time — particularly within the context of family, school and society.
  • Discover how significant relationships with parents, partners, teachers and friends can influence the ways in which we develop over time.
  • Consider how difficult contexts, such as poverty, can make lives and relationships more difficult to navigate.
  • Appreciate the diverse ways in which individuals and families thrive and survive.


Eligibility requirements

This minor is available to all majors, except those majoring in human development and family sciences

  • Have a minimum OSU GPA of 2.0
  • All courses must be taken for a letter (A-F) grade
  • No more than two attempts at any course or pre-requisite
  • A grade of C– or higher is required for all courses in a student’s undergraduate program of study


Required courses

The following courses must be competed satisfactorily to fulfill the human development and family sciences minor:

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Requirements (19 credits)
Course Credit hours
HDFS 201 Contemporary Families in the U.S. 3
HDFS 311 Infant and Child Development 4
HDFS 313 Adolescent Development 4
HDFS 314 Adult Development and Aging 4
HDFS 341 Family Studies 4


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Any three of the following elective courses (9-12 credits)
Course Credit hours
HDFS 240 Human Sexuality 3
HDFS 262 Introduction to Human Services 3
HDFS 360 Critical Thinking in HDFS 4
HDFS 312 Parenting Research and Application 4
HDFS 431 Family, School, and Community Collaboration 3
HDFS 432 Children and Youth with Special Needs 3
HDFS 444 Family Violence and Neglect 4
HDFS 447 Families and Poverty 4
HDFS 460 Family Policy 4

Total = 28-31 credits


   Declare this minor


  Also see academic catalog page for this undergrad minor.