Adolescent and Youth Development (Minor)

Adolescent and Youth Development (Minor)

HDFS Adolescent and Youth Development

The departments of Recreation Management and Policy and Human Development and Family Studies offer an interdisciplinary minor designed to give students an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills regarding adolescence and youth development. The two required courses offer a foundation in theory, research, and practice, and students choose three additional courses in order to better prepare students to work with this age group.

Interested? Contact one of the Minor Coordinators: Dr. Cindy Hartman ( in Recreation Management and Policy or Dr. Erin Hiley Sharp ( in Human Development and Family Studies.

Curriculum & Requirements

The Adolescent and Youth Development minor requires students to complete 20 credits.

Two (2) Required Courses:
RMP 668Youth Culture and Programs4
HDFS 624Developmental Perspectives on Adolescence and Early Adulthood4
Students must select three supporting courses (12 credits) approved by a minor advisor. Potential supporting courses toward this minor include:
EDUC 556Mentoring Adolescents with Disabilities in the Transition to Work2
EDUC 717Growing up Male in America4
HDFS 707Practicum1-6
HDFS 776Children, Adolescents and the Law4
RMP 563Recreation Management and Policy Practicum2
RMP 560Recreational Sport Management4
RMP #730Camp Administration and Leadership4
SOC 525Juvenile Crime and Delinquency4
SPST 565Principles of Coaching4
SW 705Child and Adolescent Risks and Resiliency: Program, Policy and Practice4
Other adolescent or youth-based courses as approved by minor coordinator.
  • RMP majors may use RMP 668 Youth Culture and Programs to meet both major and minor requirements.
  • The Adolescent and Youth Development Minor follows UNH's policy on minors. Following University policy, students must complete 20 semester hours with a grade of C- or better and a 2.00 grade point average. 
  • No more than 8 credits used by a student to satisfy major requirements may be used for the minor.
  • Students must submit a Certification of Completion of Minor form during their final semester to one of the Minor Coordinators: Dr. Cindy Hartman in RMP or Dr. Erin Sharp in HDFS.

Erin H. Sharp

Associate Professor
(603) 862-2151
Human Development & Family Studies
Pettee Hall Rm 213
Durham, NH 03824

Cindy L. Hartman

Assistant Professor
Recreation Management & Policy
Hewitt Hall Rm 108
Durham, NH 03824

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