Human Development and Family Studies undergraduate program

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, 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:

View online course catalog for class requirements for all HDFS majors


Internship Program

Strengthen your professional skills through hands-on, learn-by-doing experiences. Through an internship, you earn college credit for practical experience in the workplace.


Career Options

*Additional Teacher Licensure required

  • Adoption agency counselor
  • Activity director
  • Caseworker
  • 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