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Human Developmental Sciences Minor with a Specialization in Equity and Diversity

The HDS Minor specialization in Equity and Diversity includes core coursework selected from broad-based developmental science classes, as well as specific coursework in Equity and Diversity, including one practicum. The selection of Equity and Diversity coursework for this minor is similar to the concentration in the major Specialization. A total of 7 courses (1 lower-division, 6 upper-division) are required to complete a Human Developmental Sciences Minor Specialization in Equity and Diversity. Courses are listed below.

How to Declare the Minor

You do not need to meet for an advising session prior to declaring the HDS minor specialization in Equity and Diversity; however, if the below information does not answer all of your questions, please reach out via VAC or schedule an appointment to discuss our HDS minors in more detail.

 You can declare the Equity and Diversity minor specialization (Minor code HS27) via TritonLink. Students will need to list the classes that they have taken and/or plan to take for the minor from the below options at the bottom of this page.

Requirements for a Human Developmental Sciences Minor with a specialization in Equity and Diversity

  • All courses must be taken for a letter grade; pass/no pass grades are not accepted (with an exception: Courses taken Spring 2020 through Spring 2021 may be pass grades).
  • All coursework must be completed with a grade of C- or better.
  • Two upper-division courses may overlap between a student's major and the HDS Minor in Equity and Diversity. The remaining four upper divsion courses for the HDS minor should not be from the student's major department.
  • Please check with your college regarding overlaps allowed between upper-division minor courses and general education requirements.


Lifespan Coursework (4 courses)

Must complete all 4 courses below:

  • HDS 1 - Introduction to Human Developmental Sciences
    Must be taken in residence. offered fall and spring.
  • HDS 110 - Brain and Behavioral Development
    Prerequisite: HDS 1 or PSYC 101. Typically offered in winter.
  • HDS 122 - Development of Social Cognition
    Prerequisite: HDS 1 or equivalent. Typically offered in spring.
  • HDS 133 - Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Developmental Science
    Prerequisite: HDS 1 or PSYC 1. Typically offered in winter.

Equity and Diversity Concentration (3 courses)

Must complete one practicum from the following list

  • Equity & Diversity Practicum : COMM 102C, EDS 130, EDS 131, or EDS 136.
    Note: (EDS courses require EDS enrollment clearance. Two units of EDS 139 is a corequisite).

Must complete 2 courses from this selection:

  • HDS 171 - Diverse Communities in Human Development
    Prerequisite: Upper division standing.
  • HDS 173 - Race, Media, and Identity across the lifespan
    Prerequisite: Upper division standing.
  • HDS 175 - Power, Wealth, and Inequality in Human Development
    Prerequisite: Upper division standing.

  • The following courses now accepted (by request)! Please notify us in VAC if you would like to use any of the following, so we can credit your degree audit:

    ANBI 130. Biology of Inequality (4)
    Biological and health consequences of racial and social inequalities. Psychosocial stress and measurement of health impact. Effects on disease and precursors to disease, including measures of molecular biology (e.g., epigenetics, gene expression), and biomarkers of inflammation, cardiometabolic health, and immune function. Prerequisites: upper-division standing.

    ANSC 113. Language, Style, and Youth Identities (4)
    Young people draw on language as well as clothing and music to display identities in contemporary societies. We examine the relation of language to race, class, gender, and ethnicity in youth identity construction, especially in multilingual and multiracial societies. Prerequisites: upper-division standing.

    ANSC 162. Language, Identity, and Community (4)
    This course examines the use of language difference in negotiating identity in bilingual and bidialectal communities, and in structuring interethnic relations. It addresses social tensions around language variation and the social significance of language choices in several societies. Prerequisites: upper-division standing.

    BILD 60. Exploring Issues of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Relation to Human Biology (4)
    This course will examine diversity, equity, and inclusion beginning with a biological framework. Focus will be on how underlying biological differences have been used to support bias and prejudice against particular groups such as women, African Americans, and Latinos. This course is approved to meet the campus Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) requirement. Prerequisites: BILD 1 and BILD 2 or 3.

    EDS 117/SOCI 117. Language, Culture, and Education (4)
    (Same as SOCI 117) The mutual influence of language, culture, and education will be explored; explanations of students’ school successes and failures that employ linguistic and cultural variables will be considered; bilingualism and cultural transmission through education. Students may not receive credit for EDS 117 and SOCI 117 and EDS 117GS. Prerequisites: upper-division standing.

    SOCI 127. Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity (4)
    Examination of the role that race and ethnicity play in immigrant group integration. Topics include theories of integration, racial and ethnic identity formation, racial and ethnic change, immigration policy, public opinion, comparisons between contemporary and historical waves of immigration. Prerequisites: upper-division standing. Will not receive credit for SOCI 127 and SOCB 127.

    SOCI 173. Sociology of Health, Illness, and Medicine (4)
    This course will explore the social forces that shape our health and the way we understand illness. Themes will include American public health and health care, inequality and biomedicine, as well as special topics like suicide, lead, autism, and HIV/AIDS. Prerequisites: upper-division standing.