University of Arkansas

Department of Human Development & Family Sciences
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Human Development and Family Sciences students study the growth, development, and interpersonal dynamics of individuals and families across the lifespan. The curriculum promotes an integrated understanding of individual and family development through intensive professional training and hands-on experiences. Courses emphasize life-span development, family dynamics, and methodologies for working with families and individuals of all ages. HDFS provides understanding of individual development within the context of families and communities. Students are challenged to understand the interconnectedness between individuals of different ages within their family systems as well as the interconnectedness of individual family systems with larger systems reflected in their communities and across the world.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Tim Killian
Department Emphasis
  • 50% Child Development
  • 50% Lifespan Development
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
Department Address

118 Home Economics Building
School of Human Environmental Sciences
Fayetteville, AR 72701
United States

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Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Child Development
  • Life Span/Family Studies
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Family Relations
  • Child Development
  • Adolescent Development
  • Adult Development
  • Family as Consumers
  • Professional Development
  • Parenting & Family Dynamics
  • Infant & Toddler Development & Lab
  • Child Guidance & Lab
  • Administration & Evaluation of Child Development Programs
  • Child Development Practicum Lab
  • Lifespan Development
  • Families in Crisis
  • Dynamic Family Interaction
  • Gerontology
  • Public Policy Advocacy
  • Family Resource Management
Undergrad Comments

The HDFS undergraduate curriculum offers students an opportunity to obtain professional training that opens many career opportunities. Students gain experience and forge professional networks through volunteer and fieldwork experiences, activities in professional organizations, and networking with professionals in the community and around the state. The School also sponsors two laboratory schools, the Infant Development Center and the Nursery School, where child development students obtain first-hand experience in the developmental needs of children and educational methodologies. Successful HDFS undergraduates have the opportunity to complete a supervised internship giving them hands-on professional experience in the area of their career emphasis.

Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Tim Killian
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Advanced Family Relations
  • Theories of Human Development
  • Research Methods in Human Development & Family Sciences
  • Advanced Child Development
  • Adult Development
  • Gerontology
  • Families as Consumers
  • Administration & Evaluation of Child Development Programs
  • Dynamic Family Interaction
  • Public Policy Advocacy
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Human Development
  • Family Sciences
  • Rural Sociology
Masters Comments

The HDFS Masters program offers students the opportunity to focus their work in their area of interest. Although, five core classes are required, there is flexibility in the selection of the other courses in the degree plan. Students work closely with their faculty advisor to create the program that best suits their needs. Students also have the opportunity to target their work efforts toward their particular area of interest through either a teaching or a research graduate assistantship. Masters graduates from the program have moved into a wide variety of professional opportunities working with individuals and families of all ages.

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.