Students in the masters and doctoral degree programs in HDFS share a year-long course of study in research methods as well as coursework in life span human development and family studies, theories, and program and policy development and evaluation. Taking these core courses together promotes higher levels of knowledge and integration, as well as collegial relationships among students.
Doctoral students pursue additional coursework in research methods and theory. Depending on career goals, students pursue minors or additional coursework in gerontology, psychology, public health, sociology, women's studies, and other fields.
Masters and doctoral degree students elect courses in such diverse topics as: