Students in Human Development and Family Science have diverse interests. In this department, you have the opportunity to specialize your learning and tailor your coursework to fit your intended career path.
To learn more about areas of interest, you are encouraged to participate in Undergraduate Research through the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO), or as part of a Research Internship (HDFS 5950). We also offer Directed Studies (HDFS 3010), so complete these steps: 1) talk to a faculty member about opportunities to learn more about a specific topic; 2) meet with your advisor; 3) complete the agreement form.
If you are interested in pursuing graduate education, you are strongly encouraged to take a selection of courses that strengthen your research knowledge and skills as well as help you continue to advance your writing skills. Learn more about coursework and research opportunities.
The emphasis in Child Life prepares you to work with children and families in healthcare settings. You will learn about the unique effects of hospitalization on children and families.
I am currently a second year medical student at the Medical College of Georgia and having a degree in HDFS has been a tremendous benefit. I am able to appreciate the family dynamics that can dictate a particular treatment plan or how a sick child can affect the entire family. Learning to become a doctor is so much more than understanding disease and learning treatments, I know that I will be a better doctor because my of degree in HDFS.
Lauren Daniels, UGA Class of 2010