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Make a difference in the lifelong health of people and families.
Corvallis Ecampus Bend
Help a child develop the social and emotional skills to thrive. Provide comfort and care to an aging adult. Help a family work through trauma.
In Oregon State’s nationally ranked human development and family sciences program, you’ll address human development across all ages and learn how to help improve the human condition.
Study human development to be part of a rewarding career that empowers individuals, families and communities to survive and thrive.
Select an option that matches your interests and career goals, whether it’s working with children, the elderly or providing services for families and communities.
Human services and child development internships help prepare you for a full-time position upon graduation.
Examples of internship types:
Jennifer Macias Morris, ’11
To work in early childhood education, you first need to understand early childhood. Jennifer Macias Morris graduated with a degree in human development and family sciences and was recently recognized as one of America’s 20 most inspiring educators.
With an HDFS degree, you can make a real impact in the lives of youth and their families. Many of our students come with an interest in psychology, and some enter education, human services or pediatrics after graduation.
According to College Factual, human development, family sciences and human services careers are expected to grow 10% between 2016-2026
*These roles may require post-baccalaureate/graduate/professional education to qualify.
Nyssa Cronin, ’20
“I chose to major in human development and family sciences because of my interest in understanding why people do the things they do, how people navigate different relationships within their life, and how or why communities struggle or thrive.”
If you have questions regarding classes, student clubs or campus, our peer advisors would love to chat. Call or email them for advice.
For questions about the program, application process or requirements, contact our director of student recruitment and admissions, David Cortez, MEd.