What is human development and family sciences?

More than a career. A calling.

Human development and family sciences (HDFS) focuses on understanding human development from birth through adulthood.

Discover how lives and relationships develop within the context of family, school, work and society.

Use and create scientific knowledge to build compassionate and effective solutions for 21st century social challenges.

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What can you do with an HDFS degree?

At Oregon State, we equip you with skills and experience that align with your interests. With a bachelor’s degree in HDFS, you join an expanding field with numerous career opportunities.

Enjoy working with kids? Earn a degree focused in childhood development.

Want to make a difference in the community? Explore the human services option.

Not sure, but working with and for people gets you excited? Learn more about our general option.

A healthy life, their whole life

Our college is home to the OSU Child Development Center, where you can help children explore their world through purposeful, developmentally appropriate play.

Your future starts here

As an HDFS major, internships are built into your course requirements. Gain hands-on experience and make valuable connections with professionals in the field.

Outside the classroom

Our college offers multiple opportunities for faculty mentored research. Dig in and become more competitive in the job market and graduate school admissions.

Regan Benitez, ’21

Regan Benitez, ’21
Currently attending Portland State University’s Master of Social Work program

“I always knew I wanted to work with people. I wanted something that was ever changing and that made a difference in the community. That led me to human development and family sciences.”