Human Development and Family Sciences (B.S.)

Department of Human Development and Family Sciences

The Department of Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS) at UT-Austin has a lifespan developmental perspective that focuses on the exploration of the psychological, social, and biopsychosocial processes that lead individuals and families to a spectrum of outcomes, from productivity, health, and well-being at one end to illness, dysfunction, and distress at the other. All of our HDFS majors participate in our practicum course in which students choose from a variety of internship options including working with community partners, getting hands-on experience working with young children and families at The Priscilla Pond Flawn Child & Family Laboratory, and working directly with our faculty in their research labs. Our graduates have numerous and varied post-college careers in health professions, counseling, non-profit organizations, and teaching to name just a few.

HDFS at UT-Austin is a dynamic program that is among the nation's best interdisciplinary departments. Our faculty are award-winning teachers, leaders in prestigious scientific societies, recipients of national and international awards for outstanding research accomplishments and distinguished careers, and recipients of major grants from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and numerous private foundations. Our senior faculty are among the elite researchers in the discipline, and our junior faculty are some of the field's brightest up and coming stars.

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Child/Human Development and Family Science/Studies
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
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