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.

Whatever your career path, all Human Development and Family Science students are required to complete an internship. During this educational applied learning experience, you have the opportunity to apply your knowledge in a personal way to help you obtain your future goals.

Additional Opportunities

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.

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.

  • Prevention/Intervention Track

    Prepare for graduate study in prevention and intervention fields such as Family Life Education Professional Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Social Work and Policy/Law.

    4 Year Plan
  • Child Life Track

    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.

  • Individuals with Disabilities Certificate

    This track prepares students to work directly with individuals with disabilities, their family members, and in advocacy positions for individuals with disabilities.

    4 Year Plan
  • Health Related Careers

    This track is for those interested in entering health careers such as pre-med, pre-occupational therapy, pre-physical therapy, speech language pathologist, physician assistant.

    4 Year Plan