Minor in Applied Human Development

The Applied Human Development minor is an opportunity for undergraduate students across Boston University to explore an interest in applied human development. Undergraduates interested in human development, health, wellness, and working with youth both in and out of schools will benefit from this minor. The study of Applied Human Development prepares students to address crucial issues of child advocacy, mental health, religion and spirituality, as well as social and psychological well-being, both from a domestic and an international perspective. The minor offers 10 credits in core coursework in human development, 6 credits of focused coursework in one of four tracks (health, physical education, coaching, or positive youth development) and 8 credits of elective work.

Requirements for the Minor

Students are required to complete a total of 24 credits, 10 credits in foundation of human development, 6 credits within one of the four tracks, and 8 credits of elective work. The requirements are as follows:

Foundation Courses (10 credits)

  • CE 305 Introduction to Human Development (3 cr)
  • CE 341 Working with Multicultural Populations (3 cr)
  • PE 500 Universal Design for Working with Youth (2 cr)
  • PE 103 Introduction to Physical Activity and Wellness (2 cr)

Track Requirements (6 credits)

Health Track Physical Education Track Coaching Track Positive Youth Development Track
HE 221 Foundations of Health Behavior (2 cr) PE 211 Movement Education (2 cr) PE 250 Community Leadership through Youth Sport Coaching (2 cr) HE 221 Foundations of Health Behavior (2 cr)
HE 524 Curriculum Development for Health Movement and Wellness (4 cr) HE 524 Curriculum Development for Health Movement and Wellness (4 cr) PE 501 Methods of Coaching (4 cr) ED 212 Introduction to Positive Psychology (2 cr)
and
PE 502 Intervention Design (2 cr)

Elective Options (8 credits)

This is not an exhaustive list, but these are the recommended courses.*

  • HE 221 Foundations of Health Education (2 cr)
  • PE 211 Movement Education: Early Childhood to Adolescence (2 cr)
  • PE 250 Community Leadership through Sports Coaching (2 cr)
  • PE 375 Psychology of Sport (4 cr)
  • SE 401 Special Education (Cognition and Learning) (4 cr)
  • HE 522 Community Health (4 cr)
  • PE 501 Methods of Coaching (4 cr)
  • PE 502 Movement and Physical Activity in Schools (2 cr)
  • PE 506 Motor Development (4 cr)
  • DS 504 Adolescent Development (2 cr)
  • PE 515 Institute on Physical Fitness (4 cr)
  • PE 529 Psychology of Coaching Teams (4 cr)
  • CT 524 Institute on Values in Physical Education and Sport (4 cr)

*Note: If a course listed as an elective is required for the “track requirements”, it cannot be counted twice.