Penn State University–Dubois

Department of Human Development & Family Studies
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The HDFS major is a multidisciplinary degree that examines the development of individuals and families across the life span. It enables students to prepare for professional, managerial, or scientific roles in health and human service professions, in public and nonprofit agencies, and in business and industry, as well as for advanced professional or graduate study. Students obtain a broad background in individual and family development across the life span. Courses emphasize biological, psychological, social/cultural, and economic aspects of development. Through course work and undergraduate internships, students develop skills relevant to career objectives, such as counseling, human assessment, program planning and evaluation, and research.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
James Kuterbach
Department Emphasis
  • 60% Child/Human Development
  • 15% Family Studies
  • 15% Addictions
  • 10% Gerontology
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
Department Address

1 College Place
109C Hiller Building
Du Bois, PA 15801
United States

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Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Lifespan Human Services
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Introduction to Human Development & Family Studies
  • Personal & Interpersonal Skills
  • Foundations of Marriage
  • Infant & Child Development
  • Adolescent Development
  • Adult Development & Aging
  • Values & Ethics in Health & Human Development Professions
  • Leadership & Technology Skills for Human Service Professionals
  • Human Development & Family Studies Interventions
  • Empirical Inquiry in Human Development
  • Family Development
  • Project Planning, Implementation & Evaluation in the Human Services
  • Human Services Seminar
  • The Helping Relationship
  • Adult-Child Relations
  • Resolving Human Development & Family Problems
  • Family Relationships
  • Advanced Child Development
  • Developmental Problems in Childhood & Adolescence
  • Developmental Transitions to Adulthood
  • Development Throughout Adulthood
  • Issues in Gerontology
  • Development & Administration of Human Development Programs
  • Internship
  • Foundations of Marriage
  • Dying and Death
Undergrad Comments

The undergraduate option in Life Span Human Services is designed for individuals who are seeking preparation as human services professionals with proficiencies in human development and the delivery of human services in communities. This program combines the theoretical underpinnings of human development across the life span with applied study in a community setting. Students develop written and oral communication skills throughout the program, acquire contemporary computer skills, and participate in active learning, team-building, and group exercises. The program prepares students for positions in community human services agencies serving children, adolescents, families, and the aged.

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.