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Department of Human & Community Development
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Our Mission
The mission of the Department of Human and Community Development (HCD) is to address contemporary social issues that affect children, youth, adults, and families through high quality research, teaching, and outreach programs.
An Environment for Student Success
"You are able to get a lot of hands-on experience that will help you as you decide what you would like to do after graduation. The advisors and professors really care about your success, and they are very willing to help you."
— Jasmine Washington, HDFS Student

Fathers who read to their infants with autism and take active roles in caregiving activities not only promote healthy development in their children, they boost moms’ mental health too, new research suggests.

The Graduate College recently announced seven Focal Point projects that will receive funding for 2015-16. Now in its seventh year, Focal Point is a Graduate College initiative designed to stimulate new interdisciplinary research through collaborations among faculty members and graduate students from multiple fields.

Why HCD?

Unique opportunities for undergraduates


Centers and Services

Our state-of-the-art centers, outreach programs, and lab facilities give students and faculty the ability to work on issues affecting the community and the world.