What is human development and family science?

What is human development and family sciences?

Oregon State University’s human development and family sciences (HDFS) program addresses human development across all ages and helps improve the human condition.

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 today’s social challenges.

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What can you do with an HDFS degree?

With an HDFS degree, you can make a real impact in the lives of youth and their families. 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

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.

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HDFS internship student working with elderly woman

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.

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Undergrad researcher assessing pre-schooler's impulse control

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.

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Faith Bowen

Faith Bowen, ’23
HDFS-Human Services Option

“I chose to study human services because I enjoy helping people and serving the population. I am passionate about prevention for youth, empowering others and advocating for mental health.”

Meet Faith