Human Development and Family Studies B.S.
This program examines the ways people grow and develop, form relationships and families, and learn to cope with the common and uncommon events of life. The program integrates developmental and ecological systems perspectives. Students learn basic and applied concepts of human development and acquire skills in working with individuals and families of different ages and backgrounds in a variety of settings. Field experience is required of all students.
Human Development and Family Studies is also available as a major concentration for students in the Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Special Education, and Physical Education licensure programs, and as a minor available to students across the university.
Students in the Human Development and Family Studies program are required to complete a minimum of 120 credits including General Education requirements in diversity, sustainability, writing and information literacy, social sciences, communication skills, humanities, physical and biological sciences and research methods. They also enroll in a sequence of professional courses designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of individual and family development across the life span and in diverse socio-cultural contexts. These courses are arranged in three blocks: introductory, intermediate, and advanced.
The introductory block includes four core courses in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS). The first, “Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies and Academic Service-Learning” (HDFS 001), provides majors with an introduction to the disciplines and practice of HDFS, with special emphasis on preparing students for more advanced course work and professional practice. The other three courses in the introductory block introduce students to core topics in the field, including individual development across the life span: “Human Development” (HDFS 005), “Family Context of Development” (HDFS 060), and “Human Relationships and Sexuality” (HDFS 065). These courses also introduce students to typical experiences, changes and challenges at different points in the life course and to factors that influence individual development, such as gender, race and social class. These introductory courses are designed to examine how questions are pursued from a human development perspective, how they relate to everyday life, how knowledge in the discipline is constructed, and the types of skills necessary to both acquire and appropriately use this knowledge.
The intermediate block builds upon the introductory block through the next set of four professional course requirements. In HDFS 161, students are offered a deeper introduction to and opportunity to analyze critically the major social institutions and cultural contexts that affect human development. HDFS 141 focuses in depth on White identity and the context of privileging whiteness. The remaining two courses in this intermediate block introduce students to major theories of development used to help us understand individual development in context (HDFS 189) and to the HDFS profession through the study and practice of essential helping relationship skills and ethical practice (HDFS 101). Both courses also provide students the opportunity to apply developmental theories to practice.
The advanced block consists of a series of advanced seminars and a six-credit field experience. All majors take at least three advanced seminar courses selected in consultation with an advisor. The internship is the final professional requirement and serves as a capstone senior year experience. Taken for a minimum of six credits and typically completed over the course of one semester, students engage in direct field work (for a minimum of 12 hours per week) and related academic work (approximately 6 hours per week) focusing on deepening students’ knowledge, understanding, and ability to apply human development and ecological perspectives to direct practice. Students choose a placement from a variety of local agencies. Field placement sites have included legal aid, the court system, battered women’s shelters, centers for abused and neglected children, city and state government agencies, public and private schools, group homes, rehabilitation centers, local business and industry, childcare settings, youth organizations, hospitals, senior-citizen centers, and other human service agencies and social justice organizations.
Human Development and Family Studies
|University General Education Requirements|
D1 - Race and Racism in the U.S.
D2 - The Diversity of Human Experience
|Writing and Information Literacy||3|
Any course with an "SU" designation
Any course with a "QR" designation
|CESS General Education Requirements|
|Behavioral and Social Sciences|
|PSYS 001||Intro to Psychological Science||3|
|ENGS 001||FW: Written Expression||3|
|SPCH 011||Effective Speaking||3|
|or CALS 183||Communication Methods|
|Elective course beginning with the subject prefix ASL, CS, Writing Course, Foreign Language, or MATH||3|
|Choose two elective courses beginning with the subject prefixes: ARTH, ART, CLAS, HST, Literature, MU, PHIL, REL, or THE||6|
|Physical & Biological Science|
|NFS 043||Fundamentals of Nutrition||3|
|BIOL 003||Human Biology||3|
|or BIOL 004||The Human Body|
|Science Elective - a course beginning with the subject prefixes BIOL, CHEM, ENSC, ENVS, GEOL, NFS 063, PBIO, PSS, or PHYS||3|
|Research Methods 2|
|PSYS 053||Research Methods||3|
|or SOC 100||Fund of Social Research|
|or STAT 111||QR: Elements of Statistics|
|or STAT 141||QR:Basic Statistical Methods 1|
|HDFS 001||Int Hum Dev&Fam Std for Majors||4|
|HDFS 005||Human Development||3|
|HDFS 060||Family Context of Development||3|
|HDFS 065||Human Relationships&Sexuality||3|
|Intermediate Level Courses 3|
|HDFS 141||D1:Interrogatng White Identity||3|
|HDFS 161||Social Context of Development||3|
|HDFS 101||The Helping Relationship||3|
|HDFS 189||Theories of Human Development||3|
|Upper-level Courses/Seminars 4,5|
|Select THREE upper-level seminars (200-level)||9|
HDFS 141 (D1) and HDFS 167 (D2) may not fulfill BOTH the diversity and professional requirements.
Complete prior to HDFS upper level courses/seminars
HDFS 005 and HDFS 060 must be completed prior to taking any intermediate level courses
HDFS 161 and HDFS 189 must be completed prior to taking any upper level courses/seminars. HDFS 167 may also be counted as a 200-level seminar
HDFS 290 and 292 are not approved to meet this requirement.
Program completion in Human Development and Family Studies requires a minimum of 120 approved credit hours.