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Undergraduate Programs

Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) is an interdisciplinary major focusing on the development of families and individuals across the life span. Students learn to identify factors that influence cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development through infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and later adulthood in the contexts of culture and family.

The Human Development and Family Studies Department offers two undergraduate majors: Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) and Early Childhood Education (ECE). The HDFS Major can be completed on campus or online. To help guide students in their career planning, there are five concentrations that students select from in the HDFS major. The declared concentration(s) are listed on students’ transcripts and thus indicate specialized training within the HDFS degree program.

Students can also apply for the Early Childhood Education major which provides classes for a teaching licensure for pre-school through 3rd grade.

Please click on the link titled “B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies or B.S. in Early Childhood Education” to the right under Academic Programs to learn more.

Graduate Programs: Master’s and Ph.D.

Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) is an interdisciplinary program focusing on the development of families and individuals across the life span. Faculty research interests and expertise encompass the entire lifespan and embrace a range of interests at the intersection of basic and applied research. Faculty research areas include:

  • Risk, Resilience, and Developmental Psychopathology
  • Treatment, Intervention, and Prevention Science
  • Emotion, Regulation, and Relational Processes
  • Adult Development and Aging
  • Cultural Context and Diversity
  • Focus on Methodological Rigor

Is the HDFS major for you?

  • Are you curious about the way human beings grow and develop?
  • Have you ever wondered how environmental and social factors affect physical, cognitive, and emotional development?
  • Are you interested in learning more about specific stages of human development such as infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood and aging?
  • Does the study of family dynamics or the aging process intrigue you?
  • Have you ever thought about a career in early childhood education, in family counseling, or working with youth in various settings?
  • Would you like to work with hospitalized children to help reduce the stress of medical treatment on them and their families?

If your answer to any of these questions is “yes” then a major in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) may be for you.

This major is offered on campus and online.

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IS THE ECE MAJOR FOR YOU?

  • Are you curious about the way children grow and develop?
  • Have you ever wondered how environmental and social factors affect physical, cognitive, and emotional development?
  • Are you curious about development within the context of family, community, and culture?
  • Are you interested in learning more about specific stages of child development?
  • Are you interested in teaching children from infancy through age 8?
  • Have you ever considered becoming a childcare center administrator?

If your answer to any of these questions is “yes” then a major in Early Childhood Education (ECE) may be for you.

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The Gerontology Interdisciplinary Minor helps students to develop an understanding of the aging process, including the biological, psychological and social aspects of adult development and aging. This minor is offered on campus and online.

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The department offers a Master of Science degree in HDFS, with two different tracks: The Prevention Science program and the Marriage and Family Therapy program.

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The Ph.D. Program in Applied Developmental Science (ADS) offers graduate training in research and its application to issues that affect the quality of life of individuals, families, and communities.

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