While a Human and Family Development minor will benefit any student interested in a particular age-group or aspect of human development, academic majors that directly lend themselves to this orientation include:

  • Psychology
  • Education
  • Social work
  • Communications
  • Sociology
  • Anthropology
  • Pre-medical sciences
  • Nursing
  • Physical therapy

The program is not designed to equip students with the technical skills or knowledge needed in any particular profession.  Rather, it is designed to supplement the knowledge base of students by providing a human and family development specialty orientation to their fields of major interest.  A variety of professions involve an academic background in human and family development, including:

  • Child care
  • Early Intervention
  • Family services
  • Mental health services
  • Nursing
  • Social work
  • Developmental disabilities and early childhood services
  • Elementary and secondary education
  • Gerontology

Student Comments

Heather Laroque

Heather Laroque, HFD Minor
Although I have only just begun my college journey, the Human and Family Development program has already widened my opportunities as a UM student.  As a Psychology major, I plan to go on and pursue my masters in Occupational Therapy.  The Human and Family development minor has given me opportunities I can look forward to as I continue on with my undergraduate study.

Rebecca Hamler

Rebecca Hamler, HFD Minor
I worked for nine weeks at Clark Fork School as summer camp counselor.  This was one of the best educational opportunities I have had as a college student.  I gained hands-on experience working with five to fourteen children ranging from three to seven years of age.  Weekly filed trips to art museums, rivers, parks, theatres, and hiking the "The M" prepared me for just about anything!  I enjoyed meeting the incredible staff, parents, and students at Clark Fork, and gained an appreciation for the outdoors in beautiful Missoula MT.  This internship helped me accomplish my goals while earning credit, and provided me with some very entertaining stories.  I would recommend being a part of this internship process through the HFD department because it is wildly diverse. The possibilities are endless!