The Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) curriculum provides students with an in-depth understanding of developmental processes of individuals and families across the life-span, the dynamics of relationships, environmental contexts affecting children and families, and community services that meet child and family needs. In addition to a core group of courses that provide a foundational survey of human development and family studies content areas, specialized courses are also offered that focus on issues of diversity in families.
The curriculum emphasizes the development of critical thinking, communication, and management skills. Graduates are prepared to work in and contribute to the following areas:
· child advocacy
· child-care programs and preschools
· youth programming
· community outreach services
· family and community development and service delivery
· public and private agencies
· older adult organizations
· family life education.
Graduates are also prepared to seek advanced degrees in human development and family studies, child development, gerontology, and related areas.
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