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Adult Development

Explore issues faced by adults as individuals, partners, family members, learners, caregivers, citizens, and social services clients

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:

  • Occupational therapy
  • Counseling
  • Marriage and family therapy
  • Medicine
  • Family policy
  • Law
  • Public relations
  • Human resources

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.

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To learn more about the minor and/or declare the minor, please contact the HDFS advisor, Barbara Anderson at  You can also schedule an appointment with Barbara here.

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An undergraduate minor is a coherent program of study requiring some depth in the subject, but not as extensive of a program as the major, and allow students to gain expertise in an area secondary to their major. Our campus has more than 100 undergraduate minors to choose from. Most minors entail a comprehensive study of the discipline, rather than focusing on a narrow subfield of study. In general, minors consist of at least 16 and no more than 21 hours of coursework.