The Department of Human Development and Family Science prepares students for a wide variety of careers and professions studying and serving children, youth, adults and families across the lifespan. HDFS faculty excel in instruction, research and outreach, and we are rated among the leading departments of our type in the nation.
We are seeking a new department head. See our position description for more information.
We serve nearly 500 majors and 150 minors in a wide variety of courses leading to the Bachelor of Science degree. Undergraduates may choose from several degree options to meet their specific interests and career plans. These include a General HDFS program or specialized tracks in Child Life or Family Life Education. Many of our graduates select careers in family service agencies, nursing, teaching and senior care. Many also pursue graduate degrees.
Each year,approximately 50 students are pursuing their MS or PhD degree in the Department of Human Development and Family Science. There is a general Masters Degree program and one with an emphasis in Child Life. Doctoral students select a HDFS or a Marriage and Family Therapy emphasis. Most of our students receive generous assistantship or scholarship support. Students completing the HDFS graduate program are conducting research, teaching and administering child and family programs at leading universities and agencies nationwide.
Recent Graduates: Learn what our graduates are doing and how studying HDFS at UGA prepared them for their career.
Current Graduate Students in the News: News about noteworthy accomplishments of our current students.
Tae Kyong Lee completed an M.S. in Human Development and Family Science from the University of Georgia in August 2011. He also holds M.A. degree in Child Psychology and Education (emphasis: Developmental Psychology) from at Sungkyunkwan University in South Korea. Tae's area of specialization is Progression of Mental and Physical Health problems in adolescence. Research from his thesis has recently been accepted for publication in a top-tier journal:
Lee, T.K., Wickrama, K.A.S., & Simons, L.G., (in press). Chronic family economic hardship... Read More
The UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences now offers a certificate program for students interested in entrepreneurship. The program, offered jointly with the Terry College of Business, provides students with the skills necessary to start their own business or to seek a career as a social entrepreneur.
The National Council on Family Relations offers the best in family research, education, and networking to those studying, teaching about, and serving families. NCFR provides access to academic articles, conference presentations, member forums, teaching materials, news updates, certification of family educators, and career development resources that make the organization the leading professional association for the multidisciplinary understanding of families. Visit www.ncfr.org for examples of member services and benefits such as the online Professional Resources Library, samples of NCFR publications including our three academic journals, NCFR News, and other membership details.