Jay Trenhaile, Department Head
Department of Counseling and Human Development
Wenona Hall 109/Wagner Hall 369
605-688-4190 or 688-4367
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The minor in Human Development and Family Studies 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: a Social Services Case Worker, Provider at Residential Treatment Center, Youth Organization Worker, Program Director for Youth, Family or Senior Citizen Center.
Student Learning Outcomes
HDFS students will share a common base of knowledge, skills, and experiences:
- Knowledge and understanding of:
- developmental stages and processes across the lifespan.
- family dynamic processes.
- the multi-directional influences of social contexts and the development of individuals, couples, and families.
- the interpersonal skills required for an effective helping relationship.
- Skill and ability to:
- interpret and evaluate current information regarding human and family development.
- use human development and family theories to understand and explain individual growth and family interaction.
- plan and evaluate intervention strategies designed to enhance the development of individuals, couples, and families.
- Experiences in:
- the ranges of settings that human development and family studies professionals inhabit.
- supervised work in a professional setting.
Students must earn at least a C in all courses for the minor.