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Human and Family Development

Sue Forest (Director, Family Support Specialist Training Program, Research Associate Professor of Psychology), Chair, Human and Family Development Minor

The Human and Family Development minor is an interdisciplinary minor concerned with the study of life-span human development and family relations, and the impact of biological, environmental and socio-cultural factors on both. The HFD minor encompasses a broad range of areas: Early Intervention, Gerontology, Early Childhood, Normal Development, Family Development, and Exceptional Development. The minor is designed to supplement the knowledge base of students by providing a human and family development specialty orientation to their fields of major interest. Students with career goals that include communications, psychology, education, social work, sociology, anthropology, pre-medical sciences, nursing, and physical therapy will benefit from the specialty orientation in human and family development. Students with other career goals also will find the program rewarding; a business major interested in family service administration or consumer economics; a radio-television major interested in children's programming; a forestry major interested in recreational management appropriate for a particular population.

Human and family development encompasses a broad range of topics, all of which share the view that human growth is a valid subject of scientific study. Knowledge of the processes and contents of psychological, social and biological growth of the individual separately and within the family context will benefit the quality of life of both the student/investigator and the public. The purpose of this program is to equip students with a general knowledge of issues relevant to normal and atypical patterns of human and family development and to provide them with some practical skills and insights which will enhance their abilities in a variety of professions which deal with developmental and family issues. The minor has general, early intervention, and gerontology tracks.

The interdisciplinary curriculum reflects four specific goals: (1) to provide students with an extensive knowledge base of theory and research concerning lifespan development and the role of the family in development; (2) to train students to be critical consumers of research and evaluation results in the human and family development areas; (3) to provide students with practical experience in at least one applied service discipline in the human development areas; and (4) to provide students with the opportunity to take topical courses in normal and atypical development of the individual and family.

All students seeking a minor must formally enroll in the minor and select a faculty advisor from the Human and Family Development Committee.

Requirements for a Minor

To earn a minor the student must complete 24 credits, with 11 at the 300 level or above. All students are required to take a 12-credit core curriculum and, with the help of a faculty advisor, to develop a written statement of goals and interests along with a planned curriculum that includes 12 additional credits of electives consistent with the stated goals and interests. At least 6 credits of electives must be outside of the student's major.

Core Curriculum:

PSYC 240S or 245 (3 cr.)
HFD 494 Seminar in Human Development (at least 1 cr.)
HFD 490 Practicum (Variable cr.; 2 required)

One of the following:

HFD 412 Family Development (3 cr.)
COMM 411 Family Communication (3 cr.)
SOC 300S The Family (3 cr.)

Plus one of the following research courses:

PSYC 120 or 320 Research Methods (3 cr.)
SOC 201 Social Science Methods (4 cr.)
COMM 460 Communication Research Methods (3 cr.)
SW 400 Social Work Research (3 cr.)
C&I 520 Educational Research (3 cr.)


The following list of electives is categorized to assist the student wishing to focus on one of these areas. Students may plan curricula which do not correspond to these categories, but should choose among courses from this list. Occasionally "special topics" courses are offered. Students may use these as electives with the consent of their advisors.

Normal Development

BIOL 223 Genetics and Evolution
COMM 410S Communication in Personal Relationships
C&I 303 Educational Psychology and Measurements
C&I 330 Early Childhood Education
C&I 495 Intergenerational Experiences in Schools
HHP 246 Nutrition
PSYC 337 Principles of Cognitive Behavior Modification
SW 300 Human Behavior and Social Environment
SW 430S Adult Development and Aging
SW 455S Social Gerontology
HS 325 Clinical Issues in Ceriatrics
SOC 495-Sociology of Aging

Early Intervention

HFD 411 Infant and Toddler Development and Variability
HFD 412 Family Development
HFD 413 Assessment and Program Planning
HFD 414 Community Service Delivery I
HFD 415 Program Development, Implementation, Evaluation and Modification
HFD 416 Data-Based Decision Making
HFD 490 Practicum in Early Intervention

Exceptional Development

C&I 357 Introduction to Exceptionality
C&I 410 Exceptionality/Classroom Management
C&I 461 Teaching Gifted Pupils
C&I 495 Special Topics
PSYC 335 Fundamentals of Clinical Psychology
PSYC 336S Child and Adolescent Psychological Disorders
SOC 324 Family Deviance
SOC 330S Juvenile Delinquency
SW 420S Child Abuse and Neglect

Family Development

COMM 411 Family Communication
C&I 355 Child in the Family
PSYC 385 Family Violence
PSYC 495 Special Topics
SW 422 Services to Changing Families
SOC 300 The Family
SOC 324 The Family and Deviancy

Early Childhood

C&I 330 Early Childhood Education/Curriculum
C&I 355 Child in the Family
C&I 367 Preschool Practicum
HFD 498 Internship
HFD 413 Assessment & Program Planning


C&I 495 Intergenerational Experiences in Schools
HS 325 Clinical Issues in Geriatics
HS 495 Special Topics: Health Aspects of Aging
PSYC 245 Adult Development and Aging
PSYC 495 Special Topics: Psychology of Aging
SW 395 Death, Dying, and Bereavement
SW 455S Social Gerontology
SOC 395 Sociology of Aging

Human and Family Development Committee

Dan Doyle (Professor, Sociology)
Chris Fiore (Associate Professor, Psychology
Sue Forest (Associate Pro­fessor, Psychology, Chair)
Lynne S. Koester (Professor, Psychology)
Ted Maloney (Adjunct Assistant Professor, Education)
Audrey Peterson (Associate Professor, Education)
Alan Sillars (Associate Professor, Com­munication Studies)
Paul Silverman (Associate Professor, Psychology)
John Spores (Professor, Social Work)
Richard van den Pol (Associate Professor, Education)
Kim Wallace (Assistant Professor, Psychology)


U = for undergraduate credit only, UG = for undergraduate or graduate credit, G = for graduate credit. R after the credit indicates the course may be repeated for credit to the maximum indicated after the R.

Human and Family Development (HFD)

UG 411 Infant and Toddler Development and Variability 3 cr. Offered autumn even-numbered years. Foundation of knowledge and practical experiences in infant and toddler development and its variability. Development of the child within the family and social context.

UG 412 Family Development 3 cr. Offered autumn even-numbered years. Foundation of knowledge and practical experiences in family development from an ecological, family systems perspective. Focus on families who have children with disabilities.

UG 413 Assessment and Program Planning 4 cr. Offered spring odd-numbered years. Prereq., consent of instr. Foundation of knowledge and practical experiences in child assessments and family information gathering. Primary focus on birth through two years of age.

UG 414 Community Service Delivery I 2 cr. Offered spring odd-numbered years. Foundation of knowledge and practical experiences in early intervention service models and their theoretical orientation, roles of other agencies and professional disciplines, teaming models and techniques, support coordination models and techniques, community collaboration, and current early intervention trends and models.

UG 415 Program Development, Implementation, Evaluation and Modification 4 cr. Offered autumn odd-numbered years. Prereq., consent of instr. Foundation of knowledge and practical experiences in program planning, implementation and evaluation. Focus on birth through two years of age.

UG 416 Data-Based Decision Making 2 cr . Offered autumn odd-numbered years. Prereq., consent of instr. Foundation of knowledge and applied experience in making intervention and programmatic decisions based on data. Primary topical areas covered are (1) foundations of applied behavioral analysis; (2) technical competencies in applied behavioral analysis; (3) facilitating acquisition of skills; and (4) skill generalization for individuals across the life-span.

UG 490 Practicum in Human Development Variable cr. (R-6) Offered intermittently. Prereq., 12 credits in HFD. Supervised fieldwork in settings relevant to developmental topics, including school classrooms; child/family welfare agencies; various institutions and programs for children, juveniles, or the aged.

UG 494 Seminar in Human Development 1 cr . (R-3) Offered autumn. Discussion of selected problems in human development. Emphasis on integrating theory and practice.

UG 495 Special Topics Variable cr. (R-9) Offered intermittently. Experimental offerings of visiting professors, new courses, or one-time offerings of current topics.

UG 498 Cooperative Education Experience Variable cr. (R-4) Prereq., consent of chair. Extended classroom experience which provides practical application of classroom learning during placements off campus. Prior approval must be obtained from the faculty supervisor and the Internship Services office.



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