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Family and Youth Minor

Students in the Family and Youth minor concentrate on courses that address topics such as the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of youth and families as facilitated by families, educators, child care professionals, and others. These courses prepare students for career opportunities in a variety of settings, including extension, 4H, Early Head Start, juvenile care centers, child life hospital centers, juvenile day report centers, group homes, and temporary facilities.

The minor consists of 6 courses (18 credit hours) offered through WVU Online and Extended Campus. At least 9 hours must be at the 300 level or above.

This minor is available three categories of students:

  1. Traditional students enrolled at WVU in majors other than Child Development and Family Studies who might want to minor in this area of study
  2. Students enrolled in the Multidisciplinary Studies (MDS) program
  3. Non-traditional adult learners enrolled in the Regents Bachelor of Arts (RBA) program

Minimum Performance Standards

  • minimum grade of ā€œCā€ or better in required and chosen courses
  • cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 in all Family and Youth coursework


CDFS 110: Families Across the Life-Span

Explores the physical, psychological, and cognitive developmental changes of individuals who are functioning in family systems that change across the life span. CDFS 110 is a prerequisite for all courses in the minor. (3 credit hours)

CDFS 112: Marriage and the Family

Explores the various dimensions of self-development and personal preference relevant to dating, mate selection, marriage, having children, parenting, divorce, and remarriage. CDFS 112 is required for the minor. (3 credit hours)

CDFS 412: Adolescent Development

The adolescent in contemporary American culture, including normative physical, social, and personality development; relationships within various typical social settings (e.g., family, school, community, peer group). CDFS 412 is required for the minor. (3 credit hours, Jr/Sr standing or consent)

Select one of the following:

CDFS 210: Introduction to Parenting

Introduction to terminology, descriptions, and explanations of the parental role and parent-child interactions. Emphasis on social and personal definitions of the parental role and on the problems and changes in parent-child relationships. (3 credit hours)

CDFS 212: Early Childhood Development

Physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of children from three-to-seven years of age with implications for guidance and care in practical settings. (3 credit hours, prerequisite CDFS 110)

Select two of the following:

CDFS 413: Contemporary Issues in Family Relations

Study of the recent research findings in the major areas of family relationships. Topics include effects of family violence, substance abuse, poverty, and health. (3 credit hours, Jr/Sr standing or consent)

CDFS 414: Adolescent Problems/Disorders

Focuses on developmental psychopathology with particular attention to patterns of non-normality in adolescent developing, including behavioral and emotional problems. Various preventions and intervention strategies are examined relative to the topic. (3 credit hours, Jr/Sr standing or consent)

CDFS 415: Family Interaction and Communication

The family as a social group; processes related to well-being for a variety of family relationships. (3 credit hours, Jr/Sr standing or consent)