Utah State University

Department of Human Development and Family Studies
CFLE Approved
Last Updated

This is a great department where students can have experiences that will enrich their lives and prepare them for the future. Our programs provide the exciting opportunity to study individual development, family relationships and consumer issues as they affect each other, and to learn how to improve the quality of life for individuals and families in many settings. Our mission is to provide high quality undergraduate and graduate instruction to help students develop greater personal understanding and prepare for successful professional careers. For those who are exploring the professional options provided in this major, we are available to answer your questions and to help you make an informed decision.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Scot M. Allgood
Department Emphasis
  • 44% Family Studies
  • 44% Child/Human Development
  • 6%Consumer Science
  • 3%Early Education
  • 3% Family Therapy
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
  • Master’s
  • Doctoral
Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Early Childhood - Master's
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Doctoral
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Older Adults (Gerontology) - Master's
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

2905 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-2905
United States

Phone Number
Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Human Development and Family Studies
  • Family & Consumer Sciences
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Careers in FCHD
  • Human Development Across the Lifespan
  • Seminar & Practicum in Early Childhood Education
  • Marriage & Family Relationships
  • Child Development Associate Training
  • Parenting & Child Guidance
  • Human Sexuality
  • Abuse & Neglect
  • Research Methods
  • Families & Cultural Diversity
  • Infancy & Early Childhood
  • Children in the Middle Years
  • Adolescence
  • Adult Development & Aging
  • Family Crises & Interventions
  • Families & Social Policy
  • Social & Family Gerontology
  • Family Life Education Methods
  • Preschool Methods & Curriculum
  • Consumer & the Market, Consumer Policy
  • Housing Issues
  • Family Finance
  • Consumer Credit Problems
  • Family Finance Career Seminar
  • Senior Honors Project/Thesis/Seminar
  • Pre-Practicum Skills
  • Gerontology Integration
  • Practice Teaching in Child Development Laboratories
  • Gerontology Practicum
  • Readings & Conference
  • Financial Services
  • Housing & Financial Counseling Services
Undergrad Accreditations/Approval
Undergrad Comments

The Family, Consumer, and Human Development Department offers undergraduate programs in Human Development and Family Studies; Family and Consumer Sciences; and Early Childhood Education. All programs are designed to prepare students for successful careers serving individuals and families across the life span. Through classroom study and applied experiences, majors study how human development, family relationships, family economics, and consumer issues affect the individual and family. Undergraduate studies prepare students for employment or graduate studies in the fields of family and human development or consumer science. Students are required to complete at least one practicum experience, arranged with the coordinator locally or in other geographical areas. Practicum sites include state agencies, hospitals, preschools/daycare centers, nursing and retirement homes, parenting programs, drug and alcohol programs, detention and crisis intervention centers. Practicum experience in the human development emphasis is required in the Child Development Lab setting.

Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Beth Fauth
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Measurement in research methods
  • Statistical modeling
  • Extant data methods
  • Survey of Family Relations Research
  • Survey of Human Development Research
  • Survey of Consumer Economics
  • Research Methods
  • Human Development Theories
  • Family Theories
  • Family Economics
  • Topical Seminar in Family Relations
  • Seminar in Family Diversity
  • Seminar in Family Crises & Interventions
  • Seminar in Family & Social Policy
  • Seminar in Parent/Child Relationships
  • Survey of Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Foundations of Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Marriage & Family Therapy Practice I (Traditional Approaches)
  • Marriage & Family Therapy Practice II (Contemporary Approaches)
  • Clinical Practice in Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Ethical & Professional Development in Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Assessment in Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Topical Seminar in Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Practicum in Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Topical Seminar in Human Development
  • Topical Seminar in Infancy
  • Topical Seminar in Childhood or Adolescence or Adult Development & Aging
  • Topical Seminar in Consumer Science
  • Readings & Conference
  • Thesis Research
  • Graduate Practicum
  • Advanced Research & Theory in Human Development
  • Advanced Research & Theory in Family Relations
  • Advanced Research & Theory in Consumer Sciences
  • Professional Development
  • Dissertation Research
  • Advanced Graduate Practicum
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Adolescence & Youth
  • Adult Development & Aging
  • Consumer Economics
  • Family Finance
  • Family & Human Development
  • Housing Policy & Issues
  • Infancy & Childhood
  • Marriage & Family Relationships
  • Marriage & Family Therapy
Masters Comments

Graduate students receive a strong research and theoretical base in family relationships, consumer sciences, and human development. In addition to the core courses required for each of the specializations, students have the opportunity to achieve their program goals with a wide range of other graduate courses in the department, as well as designated courses in related programs at USU. Graduate students also engage in independent study, practica, and other specialized professional experiences that help them to acquire specific skills. The department provides advanced graduate education and training for students to (1) establish the professional competency necessary for employment in research, teaching, marriage and family therapy, extension, and administration; (2) develop skills necessary for agency administration in the field of family and child care services; (3) receive clinical training in marriage and family therapy from a COAMFTE accredited program; (4) develop the skills for supervisory responsibilities in child development laboratories, childcare facilities, and adolescent programs; and (5) develop the skills and expertise to work in financial and consumer services agencies and organizations.

Doctoral Level
Doctoral Program Options
  • Human Development
  • Marriage & Family Relations
Doctoral Comments

Our Ph.D. is designed for students who desire careers in academia or as research associates. Students in the Ph.D. program complete a major research dissertation that makes a significant contribution to the theoretical and empirical knowledge in family studies, human development, or consumer science. There is also a B.S/B.A to Ph.D. option available for qualified students.

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.

Program Approved Since
March 2002, January 2010 (online).
CFLE Contact
Sarah Tulane
CFLE Contact Email