Texas Tech University

Department of Human Development & Family Sciences
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The Department of Human Development and Family Sciences is a multidisciplinary department that applies contextual and systemic frameworks to the study of individual development and relationship processes across the life span through research, teaching, and service. The department offers a wide range of courses in the areas of human development and family studies. A Bachelor's degree from the department prepares students for a variety of human services vocations and/or for pursuing graduate study. An advanced (i.e., Master's or Doctorate) degree prepares students for careers as university or medical school faculty, researchers, and human service providers.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Mitzi Ziegner
Department Emphasis
  • 50% Family Studies
  • 50% Human Development
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
Department Address

Box 41230
Lubbock, TX 79409
United States

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Undergraduate Program
Undergraduate Director
Dr. Mitzi Ziegner
Undergrad Program Options
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Human Development & Family Studies
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Gender Roles: Life Span Developmental Perspectives
  • Life Span Human Development
  • Developmental Assessment of Young Children
  • Introduction to Early Childhood
  • Basic Interpersonal Skills
  • Partnering: The Development of Intimate Relationships
  • Theories of Human Development and the Family
  • Child and Adolescent Guidance
  • Prenatal and Infant Development
  • Development During Childhood
  • Development in Adolescence
  • Problems of Adolescence
  • Development in Young Adulthood
  • Development in Middle Adulthood
  • The Contemporary Family
  • Human Sexuality Through Family Life Cycle
  • The Family in the Community
  • Dynamics of Family Interaction
  • Families in Crisis
  • Parenting
  • Aging in the Family
  • Development in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • Family Life Education and Ethics
  • Family Law and Public Policy
  • Research Methods in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Supervised Experiences with Infants and Toddlers
  • Supervised Experiences with Young Children
  • Individual Study
  • Preparing Environments for Children
  • Managing Early Childhood Programs
  • Community Practicum in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Research in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Program Development and Evaluation
Undergrad Accreditations/Approval
Undergrad Comments

From a foundation of research and theory, the human development and family sciences specialization focuses on development across the lifespan (prenatal to late adulthood) in the context of couple, marriage, family, and peer relationships. This program focuses on intra-personal (e.g., personality, cognition), interpersonal (e.g., relationship conflict, self-disclosure), and societal (e.g., race/ethnicity, class) forces as they affect personal and family well-being. The early childhood specialization prepares professionals to work with children from infancy through 6th grade.

Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Elizabeth Trejos-Castillo
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Research Methods
  • Quantitative Methods I, II, III, IV
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Analyzing Developmental Data
  • College Teaching in HDFS
  • Colloquium in HDFS
  • Problems in HDFS
  • Issues and Research in HDFS
  • Practicum in HDFS
  • Program Development and Evaluation
  • Research
  • Master's Thesis
  • Doctor's Dissertation
  • Theories of Human Development
  • Psychosocial Development
  • Infant Development
  • Adolescent Development
  • Development in Adulthood
  • Introduction to Gerontology
  • Advanced Topics in Human Development
  • Family Theory
  • Interpersonal and Family Dynamics
  • Sex-Gender Roles
  • Parent-Child and Peer Relationships
  • Relationship Development
  • Family Problems
  • Advanced Topics in Family Studies
  • Socialization Processes and Addiction
  • Seminar in Risk Taking
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Human Development & Family Studies
  • Post-Bac Ph.D.
Masters Comments

The Human Development and Family Sciences Master's degree prepares students for careers in extension, junior college teaching, human services, medical settings, and leadership roles in public and private institutions. The master's degree also offers preparation for entry into Ph.D. programs.

Post-Bac Ph.D. Program:

Human Development & Family Sciences Applicants who have had prior experience with research as undergraduates and know that they want to pursue a Ph.D. may apply to be accepted as post-bac Ph.D. students. Post-bac Ph.D. students who remain in good academic standing with the Graduate School and complete a Master's thesis move immediately into Ph.D. status upon successful defense of the thesis.

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

The Ph.D. program in Human Development and Family Sciences prepares students for faculty positions in universities or medical schools, careers in research, or leadership positions in governmental or private organizations. Offerings in quantitative and qualitative methods, grant writing, writing for publication, advanced statistics, and university teaching produce graduates who are well prepared for success in academia.

Courses Offered:

Research MethodsQuantitative Methods I, II, III, IVQualitative MethodsAnalyzing Developmental DataWriting for PublicationGrant WritingCross Cultural Research MethodsCollege Teaching in HDFSAdvanced Teaching in Social SciencesProgram Development and EvaluationTheories of Human DevelopmentFamily TheoryAdvanced TheoriesInterpersonal and Family DynamicsSex-Gender RolesFamily Law and Public PolicyRelationship DevelopmentFamily ProblemsSocialization Processes and AddictionSeminar in Risk TakingFamily Strengths and DiversityAbuse and Trauma in Children and FamiliesDevianceAdvanced Topics in Family StudiesPsychosocial DevelopmentLanguage DevelopmentBrain, Cognition, and DevelopmentInfant DevelopmentParent-Child and Peer RelationshipsAdolescent DevelopmentDevelopment in AdulthoodIntroduction to GerontologyAging and the FamilySpirituality and AgingCross Cultural DevelopmentAdvanced Topics in Human DevelopmentColloquium in HDFSProblems in HDFSIssues and Research in HDFSPracticum in HDFSResearchMaster's ThesisDoctor's Dissertation

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.

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Dr. Mitzi Ziegner
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