General Information


Whether you want to work with young children, teenagers, adults, or older adults, the HDFS major provides you with the knowledge to serve diverse audiences in a variety of professional settings. An HDFS degree is versatile and graduates typically find employment in human and social service positions working for non-profit organizations, community agencies, healthcare, community-based education, and government-funded agencies.

Upon completion of the HDFS degree, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate empirical and theoretical knowledge of life-span human development and family science context.

2. Recognize, respect, and affirm individual, family, community, and cultural diversity.

3. Understand, evaluate, and utilize research and theory to optimally inform practice when working with individuals and families.

4. Demonstrate content knowledge and analytic abilities employing diverse modes of communication.

5. Demonstrate professional ethics and conduct in service learning, field experience, and internship contexts.


Faculty members are committed to helping students succeed. Students in the HDFS major receive advising from HDFS faculty members. Freshmen and recent transfer students also receive advising from the College of Education and Human Development’s Student and Academic Services ( This office provides a variety of services to assist all students in meeting their professional goals.
HDFS Student Handbook is an excellent resource for students.


BGSU Office of Admissions Application

Admission to the program is contingent upon admission to Bowling Green State University. To successfully complete the program, you must meet university and college requirements. Refer to the online Undergraduate Catalog for a description of these requirements.


The Human Development and Family Studies major has received program approval from the National Council on Family Relations. Upon graduation, students are eligible to apply to become a Certified Family Life Educator (


Students who will be pursuing graduate studies or who are interested in research have the opportunity to conduct an undergraduate research project. The HDFS major includes an undergraduate research methods course and students have the opportunity to work with faculty on research projects. Students are encouraged to pursue undergraduate research through the Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (


Program Coordinator:
Dr. Laura Landry Meyer, CFLE
Eppler North 111
(419) 372-7848