Human Development and Family Sciences
Are you interested in making a difference in the lives of children, youth, adults and families and changing the world for the better … one person, family and community at a time?
If so, this multidisciplinary and holistic Human Development and Family Sciences program will give you the most current knowledge, practical skills and hands-on experience to excel in a field dedicated to improving the human condition by intervening during crises, helping people access resources and advocating for changes in the systems that affect the lives of those in need.
Few careers offer as many opportunities to directly and profoundly impact lives as one related to HDFS. With a degree in this profession, you will be ready for graduate study in HDFS, social work, counseling, or marriage and family therapy, or for a variety of careers including child welfare, counseling, education, social work, public administration and many others.
Prepare for a rewarding career empowering individuals, families and communities to survive and thrive by exploring research, theory and teaching in one of three options:
- Child Development option
- Human Development and Family Sciences, General
(this option also available through eCampus )
- Human Services option
View online course catalog for class requirements for all HDFS majors
Strengthen your professional skills through hands-on, learn-by-doing experiences. Through internship, you earn college credit for practical experience in the workplace. View HDFS internships.
*Additional Teacher Licensure required
- Adoption agency counselor
- Activity director
- Childcare coordinator
- Crisis intervention worker
- Early childhood policy advocate
- Extension educator
- Elementary educator
- Elementary teacher*
- Emergency relief worker
- Family support worker
- Foster care caseworker
- Hospice worker
- Housing service coordinator
- International relief worker
- Marriage and family counseling
- Parent educator
- Preschool or childcare teacher
- Senior advocate
- Social caseworker
- Volunteer coordinator
- Youth development specialist