Human Development and Family Sciences

Undergraduate Program

Learn to empower individuals, families and communities to survive and thrive. Explore how individuals develop and become resilient over time — particularly within the contexts of family, school, work and society. Consider how difficult environments, such as living in poverty, can make lives and relationships more challenging.

Few careers offer as many opportunities to directly and profoundly impact lives. With an HDFS degree, you’ll be ready for rewarding professional work or graduate study in fields such as education, HDFS, social work or public administration.

We’re building on a 100-year-plus legacy of ensuring health and well-being for people across the lifespan — in the United States and beyond. Join us!

The BS in Human Development and Family Sciences can be pursued through one of four required options listed below:

View online course catalog for class requirements for all HDFS majors


HDFS undergraduate minor

The HDFS undergraduate minor complements other academic degrees such as education, public health, psychology, sociology and allied health sciences.


Hey, Portland!

If you enjoy online learning but also crave face time, consider completing your degree via Ecampus and in-person sessions at the Portland Center. Check out our HDFS degree in Portland.


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.


Head of the class

If your GPA is over 3.75 (3.5 for current Oregon State students and transfer students), you’re eligible to earn your degree through the Honors College. This prestigious option means you get more faculty support and the opportunity for undergraduate research. It also gives you a leg up with future employers and graduate programs. Curious about how this works? Visit the Honors College to learn more.


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