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University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignCollege of ACES
Department of Human Development and Family Studies
Give to Human Development and Family Studies

Minor in Adult Development

Minor Advisor: Barbara Anderson, 237 Bevier Hall, banders9@illinois.edu

Adulthood is a stage of the lifespan during which an individual’s development continues in a range of contexts that include family and friendship groups, professional relationships, and community. Development during adulthood affects both youth and families as adults give and receive care, shift among social roles, and use community services.

The adult development minor combines theoretical and practical approaches to understanding issues faced by adults as individuals, partners, family members, learners, caregivers, citizens, and clients of social agencies. Course work 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 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.

Requirements for the Minor in Adult Development

Foundation Courses (9 hours)
  • HDFS 105 – Intro to Human Development
  • HDFS 310 – Adult Development1
  • One course selected from:
    • HDFS/CHLH 404 – Gerontology
    • EPSY 407 – Adult Learning and Development
    • PSYC 361 – The Psychology of Aging
Adult Roles in Family Context (3-4 hours)
One course selected from:
  • HDFS 225 – Close Relationships
  • HDFS 425 – Critical Family Transitions
  • HDFS 426 – Family Conflict Management
Adult Choices/Challenges (6 hours)
Six hours from:
  • SOCW 240 – Death and Dying
  • SOCW 415 – Social Services for the Aged
  • KIN 459 – Physical Activity and Aging
  • RST 316 – Leisure and Human Development
  • HDFS 450 – Practicum in HDFS or equivalent2
  • HDFS 294 – Research Assistantship or equivalent2
  • HDFS 494 – Advanced Research Methods or equivalent2

1HDFS majors pursuing the minor may not use this course to meet a major requirement.

2No more than 3 combined hours of HDFS 294, HDFS 450, HDFS 494 or equivalent field/research experience may be counted toward minor requirements.

At least 6 hours of advanced course work must be distinct from credit earned for the student’s major or another minor. Courses in the minor may not be taken Credit/No Credit.