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 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.
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Melissa completed her doctorate in Human Development and Family Science at UGA in 2011. Beginning in Fall 2011, Melissa will join the HDFS faculty as a lecturer. Melissa summarizes her experiences in graduate school by saying, "Professional goals can change, and this department prepares you for every potential opportunity. Through the varied assistantships that I had, I worked on internships, teaching, and research. Faculty members were mentors and supported opportunities to learn first-hand how to navigate the world of academia. In addition... Read More
Maria Bermudez, an assistant professor in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, aims to help individuals and families overcome adversity and other life challenges through her research and outreach. Read More