Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS)

Human Development and Family Studies is the only discipline and professional field with a primary focus on the family. The Human Development and Family Studies program area is concerned with the study of human development across the lifespan, the dynamics of marital and family relationships, and the conditions of the family and community. The ecological contexts of child, family, school, and community are emphasized to prepare graduates to effectively serve families, children, youth, adults, and older adults. Faculty engage in research, teaching, outreach, and professional service to effectively prepare students to become professionals who enhance the lives of individuals and families.

The Human Development and Family Studies program is a four-year program that meets the National Council on Family Relations criteria for the Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) and results in a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Upon graduation, you will be eligible for CFLE designation.

Why HDFS as a Major?

Whether you want to work with young children, teenagers, adults, or older adults, the HDFS major provides you with the knowledge to work with a variety of audiences in a variety of settings.