University of Nevada–Reno

Department of Human Development & Family Studies
CFLE Approved
Last Updated

HDFS is committed to the well-being and healthy development of individuals and families. Faculty are social and behavioral scientists and practitioners with training across several disciplines, engaging in classroom and community teaching, multidisciplinary research, and outreach collaborations. Faculty address critical issues facing children and families in society. Individual faculty members have expertise in diverse and specific areas of study, such as the study of grief, family economics, early education, intergenerational interactions, and development during infancy, early childhood, adolescence, and older adulthood. The program's work aligns with federal and state foci on our nation's most vulnerable members infants and young children, at-risk youth, families in poverty, individuals with disabilities, immigrant families, the frail elderly, cultural minorities, and the disenfranchised. Through innovative outreach, the program seeks to improve professional and public efforts to understand risk and protective factors in the lives of children, youth, families, and communities that impact healthy functioning.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Bill Evans
Department Emphasis
  • 55% Child/Human Development
  • 45% Family Studies
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
  • Master’s
  • Doctoral
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

William Raggio Building
Mail Stop 0140
Reno, NV 89557
United States

Phone Number
Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Human Development & Family Studies
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Lifespan Human Development
  • Introduction to Families
  • Practicum Across the Lifespan
  • Family Resource Management
  • Advanced Studies (in Infancy, Childhood, Adolescence)
  • Family Interaction
  • Child Guidance and Parenting
  • Introduction to Research
  • Advanced Studies in Human Sexuality
  • Family Life Education
  • Child Socialization: A Systems Perspective
  • Youth Mentoring
  • Children and Families in a Multiethnic Society
  • Families and Public Policy
  • Contemporary Family Issues
  • Special Topics
  • Diversity in Children
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Preschool Curriculum I
  • Preschool Curriculum II
  • Pre-professional Internship
Undergrad Accreditations/Approval
Undergrad Comments

The undergraduate program provides a base in both human development, especially child and adolescent development, and family studies. Students observe and work with children, adults, and families across the academic program to better understand individual development within family contexts, as well as the dynamics of family interaction, and the family within the community.

Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Bill Evans
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Family Theories
  • Theories of Human Development
  • Research Methods
  • Statistics
  • Internship
  • Professional Paper (with CFLE emphasis)
  • Thesis
  • Program Development and Evaluation Research
  • Advanced Studies in Human Sexuality
  • Family Interaction
  • Advanced Studies (in Infancy, Childhood, Adolescence)
  • Children and Families in a Multiethnic Society
  • Families and Public Policy
  • Independent Study
  • Advanced Preschool Curriculum II
  • Child Socialization: A Systems Perspective
  • Graduate Studies in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Individual Reading
  • Graduate Research
  • Courses and Internship in Addiction Treatment Services
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Human Development & Family Studies
  • Human Development & Family Studies with a Specialization in Addiction Treatment Services
Masters Comments

The Masters of Science degree provides a balance of theory, research, applied knowledge and skills, and community involvement. Students can prepare for positions in community colleges, social or health agency administration, applied research, business or industry, educational systems, government or public policy, and family agencies. The degree also provides research experience, methodological and statistical background, and conceptual knowledge that can be applied in a doctoral degree.

Doctoral Level
Doctoral Comments

HDFS does not have a doctoral program but is affiliated with two doctoral programs. The College of Education at the University of Nevada, Reno, offers a doctorate in Education with an emphasis in Learning, Development, and Technology. Within this emphasis, students may focus primarily on lifespan human development.  Several HDFS faculty are also faculty within the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Social Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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
CFLE Contact
Jenna Dewar, M.S., CFLE
CFLE Contact Email