What can't you do with HDFS? A major in Human Development and Family Science provides you with knowledge of individual, family and community development in diverse settings. Our students are interested in pursuing careers in social work; marriage and family therapy and professional counseling; healthcare; policy-making or law, just to name a few.
Many of our courses have the following prerequisites:
To complete elective coursework, select classes that correspond to your career path:
As an HDFS major you're required to complete an internship so you can get work experience, which sets you above the competition when looking for a job. You also have options for Education Abroad and Service Learning.
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 that requires a syllabus.
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.
Do you want to specialize your learning through a directed study? Here are the steps:
All HDFS students working with HDFS faculty must fill out the 3010 Agreement Form.