Human Development and Family Studies
A Versatile Major
Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) focuses on understanding human growth and development across the lifespan. HDFS integrates knowledge from various disciplines such as psychology, sociology, economics and biology to provide a contemporary and comprehensive understanding of human behavior and family dynamics; and the impact cultural and societal factors have on the individual and families. Students gain practical knowledge in research methods, data analysis, and effective communication through classes and real-life opportunities.
A degree in HDFS provides graduates with the knowledge and skills to work in settings such as social services, healthcare, education, counseling, family advocacy, and community development. Students are also encouraged to pursue advanced degrees in fields like human development & social policy, psychology, counseling, social work, law and public policy.
Find Your Path
For students with a genral interest in HDFS and a variety of career interests.
Child Health Care
For students interested in working with children & families in the medical field.
Early Childhood Education Emphasis
For students interested in working with pre-school children ages 0 - 5 years of age.
Early Childhood Education Emphasis w/ K-3 Licensure
For students interested in working with ages K-3rd grade
Infant Mental Health Certificate
For students interested in working in infant and early childhood mental health.