Penn State University–Brandywine

Department of Human Development & Family Studies
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The Human Development and Family Studies program at Penn State was among the first of its kind in the nation, and continues to be one of the most respected. Our multidisciplinary program helps students explore the development of individuals and families across the life span, in order to prepare for professional, managerial, or scientific roles in health and human services professions, in public and nonprofit agencies, and in business and industry, as well as for advanced professional or graduate study. Courses emphasize biological, psychological, social/cultural, and economic aspects of development, as well as applied skills in intervention and evaluation, prevention, and the formulation of social policy. An internship in a setting that serves children, youth, adults, or the aged is required for this degree program. Through course work, undergraduate internships or research projects, students develop skills relevant to career objectives, such as counseling, assessment, program planning and evaluation, and research.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Jennifer Zosh
Department Emphasis
  • 40% Child/Human Development
  • 30% Family Studies
  • 30% Human Services
Campus Enrollment
1,500
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
Areas of Study
  • Community - Undergraduate
Department Address

25 Yearsley Mill Rd.
Media, PA 19063
United States

Phone Number
610-892-1205
Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Lifespan Developmental Science
  • Lifespan Human Services
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Adolescent Development
  • Adult Development and Aging
  • Advanced Child Development
  • Development and Administration of Human Services
  • Development Throughout Adulthood
  • Developmental Problems in Adolescence
  • Developmental Sport & Exercise Psychology
  • Developmental Transition to Adulthood
  • Empirical Inquiry in Human Development
  • Family Development
  • Family Disorganization: Stress Points in the Contemporary Family
  • Human Development and Family Studies Interventions
  • Infant and Child Development
  • Infant Development
  • Intercultural Community Building
  • Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies
  • Professional Practicum in Human Services
  • Project Planning, Implementation and Evaluation in the Human Services
  • Resolving Human Development and Family Problems
  • The Helping Relationship
  • Values and Ethics in Health & Human Development Professions
Undergrad Comments

Small classes, a focus on active and collaborative student-centered learning, and a high degree of faculty/student interaction are some of the benefits of the program. Courses emphasize the biological, psychological, social/cultural, and economic aspects of individual and family development across the life span. Undergraduate internships and research projects help students develop skills in counseling, human assessment, program planning and evaluation, and research.

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.