Human Development and Family Relations

Minor

Designed to enhance your academic and career options, CU Denver’s minor in Human Development and Family Relations prepares undergraduate students to serve culturally and linguistically diverse families and individuals in a variety of community and social service settings.

The Program at a Glance

School: School of Education & Human Development Campus: CU Denver Classroom: Online and on campus classes Credits required for completion: 15

The Details

What you'll learn

Designed to enhance your academic and career options, CU Denver's minor in Human Development and Family Relations prepares undergraduate students to view culturally and linguistically diverse families from a strengths-based perspective and to serve them in a variety of community and social service settings.

This minor provides a strong foundation for students who wish to go to law school for child and family law, medical school for pediatrics or family medicine, social work, graduate school or counseling education. It is offered in on-campus, hybrid and online formats.

This minor pairs nicely with a range of majors including but not limited to: Communications, Criminal Justice, Education, Ethnic Studies, Nursing, Political Science, Public Health, Psychology, Spanish, Sociology and other Humanities and Social Sciences majors. For students considering a teaching career, our classes address many issues facing families today and are an excellent addition to the education curriculum.

The University of Colorado Denver offers on-campus and hybrid versions of the Human Development and Family Relations minor. We foster a closely knit, dedicated community of students, each of whom is mentored by professors who care. We walk alongside you from the first class to the last, supporting you each step of the way.

This program is the first bilingual (Spanish) Human Development and Family Relations program in the country. You can take your courses entirely in English, or take some of your online courses in a Spanish/English bilingual format. The bilingual courses are uniquely constructed so that you do not need to speak Spanish in order to participate. This exposure to another language can provide you with both the competencies you need to truly be an advocate for Spanish language speakers in your community, as well as a competitive edge over graduates of other programs as it relates to gainful employment and graduate school applications.

Our students may choose from the following concentrations:

  • Bilingual (Spanish) Family and Community Services
  • Family Gerontology
  • Pre-Higher Education and Student Affairs
  • Leadership and Community-based Organizations
  • Pre-individual, Couple and Family Therapy/Counseling
  • Additional options: Students may enroll in courses in the program areas listed below. For additional information, please schedule an appointment with your faculty mentor for approvals.
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Educational Foundations
    • Literacy Education

Courses

The Human Development and Family Relations minor is offered in a hybrid format with both in-class and online courses. We support the needs of talented students from all backgrounds, including nontraditional and underrepresented students.

Students have the option of taking courses that are delivered in a bilingual Spanish and English format. A student is not required to understand Spanish in these courses. English speaking students have been very successful in these courses.

A minimum of 15 credit hours of the following courses, with grade C or better, is required to minor in HDFR. At least nine credit hours must be completed at CU Denver.

Admissions Requirements

This minor requires a minimum of 15 credit hours. We seek individuals who wish to work with diverse people in fields such as health care, education and helping professions, which are areas of employment where you work directly with individuals, families, schools and communities, potentially in diverse or underserved contexts. Many of our graduates pursue further education by enrolling in law school or master’s programs in areas such as family science, counseling, social work, school counseling, family therapy, school psychology and student affairs in higher education and other fields.

Declare the minor today

Schedule an appointment with the HDFR academic advisor Rosalinda Martinez

Rosalinda.Martinez@ucdenver.edu

303-315-4103

Schedule an appointment with the HDFR program leader Dr. Ruben Viramontez Anguiano

Ruben.anguiano@ucdenver.edu

303-315-0089

For more information, email education@ucdenver.edu or call 303.315.6300.