Oregon State University

Human Development & Family Sciences
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Human Development and Family Sciences is committed to ensuring the optimal development, health, and well-being of individuals and families across the life course. Our transformational research, excellence in instruction, and active community engagement make us leaders in the advancement and application of scientific knowledge toward innovative solutions to the pressing challenges that confront communities, families, and individuals today. HDFS is situated in an accredited College of Publics Health and Human Services which provides a rich context for research and learning about health and well-being. 

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Karen Hooker
Department Emphasis
  • 50% Human Development
  • 25% Family Science
  • 25% Human Services
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
  • Master’s
  • Doctoral
Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Doctoral
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Older Adults (Gerontology) - Undergraduate
Department Address

402 Waldo Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331
United States

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Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Child Development
  • Human Development and Family Sciences
  • Human Services
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Special Projects
  • Contemporary Families in the U.S.
  • Introductory Internship
  • Infant and Child Development
  • Human Sexuality
  • Sepcial Topics
  • Parenting Research and Application
  • Adolescent Development
  • Adult Development and Aging
  • Fostering Learning in Early Childhood Development
  • Directed Experience in Early Childhood
  • Family Studies
  • Critical Thinking in Human Development and Family Sciences
  • Applied Research Methods
  • Research
  • Independent Study
  • Thesis
  • Reading and Conference
  • Projects
  • Seminar
  • Workshop
  • Advanced Internship
  • Student Teaching in Early Childhood Development and Education
  • Family, School, and Community Collaboration
  • Children and Youth With Special Needs
  • Family Violence and Neglect
  • Families and Poverty
  • Program Development and Proposal Writing
  • Skills Human Services Professionals
Undergrad Comments

Human Development and Family Sciences is the sixth largest undergraduate program at Oregon State University. Our students study toddlers, teens and adults of all ages, as well as families of all shapes and sizes. More than half of our students go onto graduate school to become teachers, counselors, human service professionals, policy makers, and researchers.

Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Robert Stawski
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Research
  • Independent Study
  • Thesis
  • Reading and Conference
  • Special Problems
  • Projects
  • Seminar
  • Workshop
  • Practicum
  • Theories of Human Development
  • The Life Course
  • Social Gerontology
  • Topics in Early Childhood Education
  • Research in Human Development and Family Sciences I, II, & III
  • Qualitative Research Methods I & II
  • Social Policy and Human Development
  • Social Program and Policy Evaluation
  • Theories of Family Studies
  • Families and Poverty
  • Family Studies
  • Topics in Human Development and Family Sciences
  • Research
  • Independent Study
  • Dissertation
  • Reading and Conference
  • Special Projects
  • Seminar
  • Workshop
  • Internship
  • Advanced Topics in Child-Adolescent Development
  • Advanced Topics in Adult Development and Aging
  • Quantitative Methods in Family and Individual Development
  • Advanced Topics in Family Studies
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Human Development & Family Studies
Masters Comments

Our unique Human Development and Family Studies graduate program focuses on the development of individuals and families across the lifespan and in multiple contexts. This focus contributes to the success of our graduates in university teaching, research careers, and leadership positions in both the private and public sectors. Our experience in cultivating this focus makes us one of the top programs in the western United States.

Doctoral Level
Doctoral Program Options
  • Human Development & Family Studies
Doctoral Comments

The Ph.D. program in Human Development and Family Studies is designed to prepare students for careers in research, teaching, or applied professional settings. The program emphasizes strong research specialization while maintaining an understanding and appreciation of broader issues and applied problems in human development and family studies. The thesis/dissertation and associated research play a dual role, enabling the student to develop in-depth knowledge of a specific area. At the same time the student gains experience in planning, conducting, and reporting on a major original study.

CFLE Information

NCFR recognizes schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with course work that follows the Standards and Criteria required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). NCFR approval allows the school to offer their graduates the opportunity to apply for Provisional Certification using the Abbreviated Application process. The CFLE Checklist represents the courses that meet the CFLE criteria at that school. Students must complete all the courses on a checklist in order to qualify to apply for the CFLE designation through the Abbreviated Application process.