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Human Development Minor

Degree Type: Minor

College(s): Arts and Sciences

Required Courses  Credit Hours 
PSYC 226 Lifespan of Human Development 3
PSYC 341 Child Psychology 3
PSYC 342 Psychology of Adolescence 3
SOCY 345 The Field of Aging 3
Choose two from the Social Sciences List or one from the Social Sciences List and one from the Non-Social Sciences List
Social Sciences List
PSYC 241 PSYC-Exceptional Children 3
SOCY 225 Marriage and the Family 3
Non-Social Sciences List
BIOL 101 Genetics-Human Aspects 3
BIOL 370 Developmental Biology 3
BIOL 375 Principles of Genetics 3
CAHS 205 3
CRIM 260 Delinquency Prevention-Control 3
EDCD 110 Child Development 1 3
LITR 326 Children's Literature 3
LITR 327 Adolescent Literature 3
RMLS 245 3
SCWK 261 Soc Service for Children-Youth 3
THTR 255 Educational Theatre 3

Why Choose the Human Development Minor?

Does your career require you to work with people of various ages? Perhaps you need to communicate effectively with people much older than you are. Perhaps your job requires you to understand the needs of young children. Maybe you plan on having children of your own and you wish to understand how they grow and change.

Virtually all careers (including parenting) require successful human interaction. Humans differ, however, in many ways. One of the most important ways we differ is development across the years. We all know that 3-year-olds are different from 10-year-olds who are different from 20-, 50-, and 80-year-olds. Successful human interaction demands understanding of these kinds of differences.

The Human Development minor provides an examination of the psychological and social aspects of human development across the life span. Graduates will develop practical knowledge of people in different life stages. Because every career deals with human beings, this knowledge will help students become more effective within their chosen field. Eighteen credits are required for the minor.

The Human Development minor will provide students with a solid foundation for understanding these differences. This foundation will help students become more effective workers in a wide variety of careers.

Admission Requirements

This Human Development minor is open to any student admitted to Ferris State and pursuing a baccalaureate degree except those pursuing the B.S. in Psychology degree. The minor is designed to complement any Ferris major program. Students may use only one-third of the credits in a minor that overlap with the student's major. For example: If a minor is 18 credits, 6 credits may be applied to the minor that are also used in the major. Students may apply 6 credit hours of overlap between minors.

Graduation Requirements

An academic minor may only be awarded upon completion of a baccalaureate degree at Ferris State. This minor requires a minimum of 18 credits with a minimum 2.0 grade average in these courses.

Also, 50 percent of the credits for a minor must be taught by Ferris State University.

More Information

ADVISOR: Dr. Jeff Nagelbush
PHONE: 231-591-5880
E-MAIL: nagelbuj@ferris.edu

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