Minor in Human Development and Family Science

The HDFS curriculum prepares students to effectively engage with families across the lifespan and in a variety of service settings and professions, from early childhood education and care to family law and policy advocacy.

This 15-credit interdisciplinary minor is available to all Mason undergraduate students and provides background knowledge in human development and family science, specifically addressing how diverse children and adults develop, adapt, and function within the contexts of their families, communities and society. 

This minor is a joint program with coursework selected from both the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 15

Core Course

HDFS 200 Individual and Family Development 3
HDFS 400 Advanced Family Processes (Mason Core) 3
Total Credits 6

Electives

Select at least one course from each of the two component areas (development and diversity) below 6
A third elective may be selected from any component or with permission of an HDFS advisor 3
Total Credits 9

To reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the HDFS minor, two courses must have prefixes from disciplines outside of your major area of study (e.g., for PSYC majors, two courses must come from CEHD prefixes: ATEP, ECED, EDUC, HEAL, PHED; for ECED majors, two courses must come from CHSS prefixes: ANTH, INTS, PSYC, SOCI).

Development

Select at least one from the following:  
ECED 401
Developmental Pathways of Diverse Learners, Birth-Adolescence  
EDUC 302
Human Growth and Development  
Images and Experiences of Childhood: Social Construct, Literature, and Film  
Introduction to Childhood Studies (Mason Core)  
Contemporary Youth Studies (Mason Core)  
Developmental Psychology (Mason Core)  
Child Development  
Adolescent Development  
Psychological Factors in Aging  
Youth Culture and Society  

Diversity

Select at least one from the following:  
Socialization Processes: Family, Childhood, Personality in Cross-Cultural Perspective  
ATEP 205
Cultural Competence  
ECED 405
Introduction to Early Childhood Special Education  
EDUC 203
Disability in American Culture (Mason Core)  
HEAL 350
Interventions for Populations and Communities at Risk  
Construction of Differences: Race, Class, and Gender (Mason Core)  
Poverty, Wealth and Inequality in the US (Mason Core)  
Social Justice and Human Rights (Mason Core)  
Applied Cross-Cultural Psychology (Mason Core)  
Race and Ethnicity in a Changing World  
Social Inequality (Mason Core)  
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