Human Development & Family Studies (HDFS)
Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS)
Are you interested in learning about how young children develop? In understanding families and how they're shaped by their communities and culture? If so, the Human Development and Family Studies major may be for you!
Click on the links below and at left to learn more about course requirements for the HDFS major and its two concentrations - Child and Adolescent Development, and Family Studies - and how you can plan your program to include study abroad, pre-med or other pre-professional preparation, and your other academic or career interests.
HDFS Core Program:
General Education and other courses that all HDFS majors take.
Courses specific to one of the two HDFS concentrations. NOTE: All HDFS students must choose one of the two concentrations listed here.
HDFS Applied Experience Fee
One of the unique features of our HDFS program is providing applied course work, experiential learning opportunities and research experiences to our students. These intensive educational programs are a hallmark of the human development and family studies major, distinguishing our students as being very well prepared for success in the professional workforce and graduate and professional study. We are committed to maintaining these enriched course offerings despite the extensive resources they require in the form of faculty time and expertise.
To help cover costs associated with these applied, experiential and research internship courses, all HDFS students pay a one-time HDFS Applied Experience Fee, assessed for the fall semester of the student's junior year. Junior and senior transfers will have the fee assessed for their first fall semester following admission to the HDFS major. This fee will be $1,095 in Fall 2013.