A minor in human development and family science provides non-majors with supplemental training in family therapy, occupational and speech therapy, law, social work and child development. Students will be exposed to both practical and theoretical content in areas such as dating and relationship formation, gender roles, marital relationships, human sexuality, parenting, family dynamics and families and society.

Career Options

  • Adoption Services
  • Child Development Education
  • Community-based Social Services
  • Counseling
  • Elder Care Services
  • Family Intervention/Education
  • Family Law
  • Government and Public Policy
  • Occupational and Speech Therapy
  • Social Work
  • Youth/Teen Services


  • The Bell Center
  • Birmingham Crisis Center
  • Children’s Hospital
  • Crisis Line
  • Family Court
  • IMPACT Family Counseling
  • Jessie’s Place
  • Jimmy Hale Mission
  • Lakeshore Foundation
  • Lifeline Children’s Services
  • Lovelady Center
  • Mitchell’s Place
  • M-Power Ministries
  • Sav-A-Life
  • Special Equestrians
  • United Way and United Way affiliated settings

Awards and Recognition

  • 100% of human development and family life education students conduct original research projects
  • Samford students have been recipients of the Outstanding Undergraduate Paper Award from the National Council on Family Relations for three consecutive years

Required Courses

HDFE 202—Marriage and the Family
HDFE 331—Family Dynamics
Three additional upper-level courses

Total Required Credits: 20

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