Human Development and Family Studies (B.S.)
The University offers a bachelor of science (B.S.) in human development and family studies that prepares students for careers in the human development and/or human services field.
Working with families and children is a complex and multifaceted job that offers challenges and opportunities to truly make a difference. The Human Development and Family Studies Program provides the critical thinking and problem-solving skills needed to assist families in overcoming the obstacles of everyday life. The program offers students an interdisciplinary approach that includes psychology, sociology, health and families with an emphasis on education and prevention. Coursework in the major includes a required core — plus courses in areas such as:
- Applied family theory
- Child, adolescent, and adult development
- Family and child welfare
- Families in later life
- Family life education
- Family relationships
- Family resource management
- Parent education
In addition, students complete two semesters of practicum in agencies that serve children and families. Students also complete the University's Foundational Studies Program, which provides the knowledge students need in critical thinking, leadership, and interpersonal and communication skills. Students may participate in the student chapter of the Indiana Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (INAFCS), an organization of professionals who collaborate to improve the quality of individual and family life through communication, educational programs, and influencing public policy.