Human Development and Family Studies (B.A.|B.S.)

Department of Family and Consumer Studies

Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) focuses on understanding human growth and development across the lifespan.  HDFS integrates knowledge from various disciplines such as psychology, sociology, economics and biology to provide a contemporary and comprehensive understanding of human behavior and family dynamics; and the impact cultural and societal factors have on the individual and families.  Students gain practical knowledge in research methods, data analysis, and effective communication through classes and real-life opportunities. 

A degree in HDFS provides graduates with the knowledge and skills to work in settings such as social services, healthcare, education, counseling, family advocacy, and community development.  Students are also encouraged to pursue advanced degrees in fields like human development & social policy, psychology, counseling, social work, law and public policy.

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Child/Human Development and Family Science/Studies
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