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Human Development

The Human Development minor is useful for students planning a career in the human services (such as teaching, social work or occupational therapy) and majoring in other disciplines. The minor allows students to focus on a limited part of the life span (infancy through adolescence or infancy and adulthood), to select the cultural context of interest (the family or cross-cultural emphasis) and to select courses that would provide information specific to their career goals (a consideration of cognitive development or of varieties of developmental disabilities, for example).

The minor is also useful for students planning marriage and parenthood, as it gives them an opportunity to gain information about normal development, family structure and changes throughout the life cycle.


20 units

Complete the following four courses (12 units)

  • HDE 100A Infancy and Early Childhood (4 units)
  • HDE 100B Middle Childhood and Adolescence (4 units)
  • HDE 100C Adulthood and Aging (4 units)
  • or HDE 110 Contemporary American Family (4 units)

Choose two (8 units)

  • HDE 101 Cognitive Development 4
  • HDE 102 Social and Personality Development 4
  • HDE 103 Cross-Cultural Study of Children 4
  • HDE 130 Developmental Psychopathology 4
  • HDE 132 Individual Differences in Cognition 4
  • HDE 161 Applied Cognition and Aging 4
  • HDE 163 Cognitive Neuropsychology in Adulthood and Aging 4

Total = 20 units

Minor Advisor

HDE Advising Office
(530) 752-1805