This highly relevant and contemporary minor is a 15-credit interdisciplinary program designed especially for students who are interested in how individuals develop and how to improve the quality of life for families and communities. You’ll explore the psychological, social, cultural, and biological development of individuals from conception through adulthood and aging, within the contexts of their families, communities, and the broader society.
The minor is an excellent complement to many majors at Mason. And, because it is offered as a collaboration between the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS), you’ll have the opportunity to learn from outstanding faculty from both colleges who are dedicated to teaching and involved in cutting-edge research.
Over the next decade, social and human service jobs are expected to rank among the most rapidly growing fields! By minoring in HDFS, you’ll gain background knowledge applicable to a wide range of career settings, such as the following:
The multifaceted nature of this minor means you’ll gain a fuller understanding of the factors that influence human development and activity and will be better prepared to succeed in an increasingly diverse and complex society.
The HDFS minor is also an excellent foundation for graduate study in family studies, family therapy, law, psychology, sociology, social work, health, human resources, and related fields.
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 children and adults develop within the contexts of their families, communities and society. Eight credits must be unique to the minor.
The Human Development and Family Science 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 (CHSS).
Students may elect a minor program of study by submitting a completed Minor Declaration Undergraduate Form (http://registrar.gmu.edu/forms).
All students have opportunities to