School of Health and Human Sciences

Adding a minor to your major in Human Development & Family Studies will provide you additional expertise in an area that you find interesting. A minor can assist you in demonstrating your interests and abilities to potential employers or when applying to graduate school.

HDFS majors may declare minors in any area that interests them. Below are some minors HDFS majors have enjoyed in the past.

To declare a minor, complete the Major/Minor Request Form.

Visit the UNCG Catalog to learn more about these minors and to confirm current requirements.


Possible Minors

African American and African Diaspora Studies

This minor provides an opportunity to study the cultures, histories, and experiences of the African World – from Africa, to the Americas, the Caribbean, and the Indian Ocean.

Requires a minimum of 18 credits hours.

Required Courses (6 credit hours):

  • ADS 201 – Introduction to African American Studies
  • ADS 210 – Blacks in American Society

Elective Courses (12 credit hours) to be selected from options listed in the UNCG Catalog.

Forced Migration and Resettlement Studies Undergraduate Minor

(Through Peace & Conflict Studies in collaboration with the Center for New North Carolinians Fellows)

In this minor, students learn about the reasons for and experiences of forced migration and resettlement, engage with forcibly displaced individuals in our local community, and complete a practicum that will allow them to immerse themselves in refugee/migrant/asylum seeker support history, networks, and service-providers as well as engage in the work of promoting access and integration for refugees through community engaged learning, service, and research.

Min. 15 credits.


  • PCS 309 Conflict and Culture
  • PCS 460 Forced Migration Minor Seminar

Select 9 Credits from the following list:

  • CTR 314 Recreation Services with Underrepresented Groups
  • HEA 307 Global Health
  • HEA 471 Immigrant and Refugee Health
  • HHS 376 Race, Class, and Health Equity: Examining Systems, Power, and Institutions in Society
  • PCS 406 or SWK 405 Environmental Justice
  • PCS 433 Restorative Justice
  • SWK 427 Human Services for Immigrants and Refugees


The Gerontology minor is designed for undergraduates with any major who are interested in a career in aging or personally interested in the topic. This minor should be of special interest to undergraduates who are planning to pursue careers in the allied health fields, with businesses or non-profits providing services or products to older adults and their families, or after attending graduate school, as researchers focused on aging and older adults.

Completion of 12 credit hours (outside of major area of study):

  • GRO 201 Envisioning YOUR Old Age

Select 9 hours (3 courses) from the following:

  • BIO 425 Biological Clocks
  • BIO 436 Biology of Aging
  • CSD 452 Communication and Aging
  • CSD 487 Adult Language Disorders
  • CTR 314 Recreation Services with Underrepresented Groups
  • GRO 411 Silver Industries or
  • ENT 411 Silver Industries
  • GRO 444 Baby Boomers
  • GRO 451 Gerontology Independent Study
  • HDF 111 Human Development Across the Life Span
  • HDF 204 Adult Development
  • KIN 479 Exercise and Older Adults
  • NTR 313 Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle
  • NUR 481 End of Life Care
  • PHI 275 Philosophy of Aging
  • PSY 375 Psychology of Aging
  • REL 104 Religion, Rituals and the Arts
  • SWK 470 Social Services for the Aging


This minor focuses on the translation and application of scientific principles of human nutrition.

Completion of a minimum of 15 credit hours earning at least a grade of C (2.0) or better in all required courses.

(NOTE: In order to complete the Nutrition minor, all course prerequisites, including BIO 111/111L, 277/277L; CHE 103, 104 and 110, must be completed with a C or better.)

  • NTR 103  Introduction to Food Science
  • NTR 213  Introductory Nutrition

Select 3 courses from:

  • NTR 313  Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle
  • NTR 413  Intermediate Nutrition
  • NTR 421  International Nutrition and Cultural Foods
  • NTR 431  Nutrition/Human Metabolism
  • NTR 450  Nutrition Assessment
  • NTR 460  Advanced Nutrition
  • NTR 476  Sports Nutrition

Peace and Conflict Studies

Students in this minor learn about human interaction which aims towards the understanding of conflict and the assistance of communities to realize the development of peace and justice.

Min. 15 credits.


  • PCS 112 Intro to PCS
  • PCS 305 Foundations of PCS
  • PCS 308 Working through Interpersonal Conflict

Select 6 Credits from the following list:

  • PCS 205 Violence in the Modern World
  • PCS 215 Conflict Transformation
  • PCS 218 Managing Conflict in Professional Contexts
  • PCS 309 Conflict and Culture
  • PCS 311 Conflict Research
  • PCS 415 Global Peacebuilding
  • PCS 416 Practicum
  • PCS 420 Senior Seminar


This minor focuses on understanding human behavior, thinking, and emotions, including development, cognition, how others affect us, and mental disorders. HDFS students might particularly be interested in developmental psychology offerings.

Completion of 18 credit hours (minimum of 9 hours in psychology at UNCG) with a C- or better:

  • PSY 121 – General Psychology

Select (6 credits) any two 200-level psychology courses. Note: HDF 111 counts as PSY 250 with psychology department approval.

Select (3 credits) one 300-level psychology course. Select (6 credits) any two additional psychology courses at any level

Social Work

A minor in social work will orient students to social work values and ethics and help prepare students for an advanced degree in social work.

Completion of 15 credit hours, with a C or better:

  • SWK 215 – Introduction to Social Work
  • SWK 311 – Human Behavior and Social Environment
  • SWK 315 – Social Work, Diversity, and Vulnerable Populations

2 courses from our SWK 400 upper-level electives.


This minor provides for a multidimensional understanding of an unlimited number of subjects in society including crime, social & criminal justice, family, gender, race & ethnicity, class, natural and man-made disasters, music, social inequality, housing & communities, immigration, the environment, globalization, social movements and education.

Completion of 15 credit hours in SOC (minimum of 9 hours at UNCG).

Sport Coaching

(Housed in Kinesiology)

This minor focuses on learning the profession of sport coaching including the nature of the profession, qualifications, skills, and issues relative to coaching in community, youth sport, and interscholastic sport activities. Students will culminate their minor experience with opportunities to assume various responsibilities in selected sports under the guidance of qualified coaches.

Completion of 19 credit hours 

  • KIN 220 – Lifetime Wellness
  • KIN 286 – Foundations of Coaching
  • KIN 287 – Coaching in Community-Based Sport Programs
  • KIN 353 or KIN 265 – Injuries and Illnesses in Physical Activity -OR- Strength Training and/or Conditioning
  • KIN 388 or KIN 230- Psychology of Physical Activity -OR- Psychological Skills for Optimal Performance
  • NTR 213-Introductory Nutrition
  • KIN 477- Coaching Practicum*

* KIN 477 is the last course to be taken in the minor and may be taken only after all other courses are completed.