Human Development & Family Sciences – Online Minor

Discover the journey of human transformation

Uncover the intricate dynamics of human growth within families, schools, and communities when you enroll in the human development and family sciences minor online at Oregon State University. With engaging coursework developed by Oregon State's renowned College of Health, you'll gain a comprehensive understanding of how biology and relationships influence growth throughout the lifespan.

This program will equip you with the skills to create a positive impact on individuals and communities, enriching your future with empathy, insight and meaningful contributions.

Elevated conversations, enduring connections

As a student in the human development and family sciences minor online, you’ll learn how to navigate and facilitate challenging conversations that foster stronger relationships within families and communities. Empower yourself to collaborate across generations, extending from youth to seniors, while actively promoting mental and emotional well-being. In doing so, you'll become a catalyst for positive change and essential connections within our ever-evolving social landscape.


The online coursework in this 28-31 credit minor helps you uncover the dynamics of human development and how social justice plays a role in our daily lives. 

You can view a complete list of courses in the HDFS minor in the OSU General Catalog.

Sample course topics

  • Family change
  • Social influences on child development
  • Adult development and aging
  • Modern family dynamics
    Adolescent development

And you also have the option of pursuing a full bachelor's degree in HDFS online with Oregon State Ecampus.

Benefits of learning online with Oregon State

  • All classes are developed by Oregon State's world-class faculty, who are renowned for their research, expertise and innovation.
  • Oregon State is institutionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
  • Oregon State Ecampus consistently ranks among the nation’s 10 best providers of online education according to U.S. News & World Report.
  • OSU Ecampus students receive the same transcript as on-campus students.