The adult development minor combines theoretical and practical approaches to understanding issues faced by adults. Coursework examines adults from age 25 to 90+ in the contexts of evolving family roles, health issues, and social service needs. Students planning careers in social or health-related services will find an understanding of adult development and its attendant issues an asset when applying for entry-level positions or graduate/professional school.
The adult development minor is beneficial to many careers such as:
Students in this minor learn about the psychology of aging, critical family transitions, physical activity and aging, along with adult development. When working with adults, students can better understand the lives of their clients and gain the expertise needed to excel at their chosen profession.
The minor requires a minimum of 18 hours: nine hours of courses on adult development and aging, three or four hours of courses on adult roles in families, and six hours of courses examining particular adult capabilities and challenges. Students may meet part of the last requirement via a community-based practicum or research project related to adult development.