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Human Development and Family Studies Minor

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Providing an interdisciplinary approach to study and work with individuals and families.

The human development and family studies minor offers students a collection of courses examining the fundamentals of human development through courses exploring family dynamics and relationships. Students pursuing human development and family studies may choose from a variety of HDFS courses based on their major, interest and focus. In doing so, they gain knowledge and experience in the science of human growth and development, human interaction and family relationships. Graduates work in careers that promote healthy development and positive family functioning across the lifespan, such as: social services case worker, provider at residential treatment center, youth organization worker, program director for youth, family or senior citizen center.

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The exploratory studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the exploratory studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.