Human Development & Family Studies BA

The Human Development & Family Studies major focuses on human development from infancy through old age. Students will examine how family and community dynamics affect the development of individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds and life experiences. Through fieldwork, program evaluation, and service learning, students become prepared to work with children, youth, families, and elders in education or social service programs.

To learn more about the major, visit the Liberal Studies Department.

Required Courses

Special Requirements

AA-T and AS-T-certified students can earn a Human Development & Family Studies B.A. by completing the special requirements in the following programs:

All other HDFS majors, see below:

Standard Requirements

In order to graduate, you will also need to complete your general education and university requirements.

Complete all of the following core courses:

Complete nine (9) units total from the Phase-specific coursework in List A and List B:

List A

List B

Complete a minimum of six (6) units from the following Development in Context coursework:

Complete a minimum of six (6) units from the following Family Science coursework:

Complete one of the following Interdisciplinary Health Science courses:

Learning Outcomes

Human Development and Family Studies Content Knowledge

Students explain, interpret, and compare theories, research methods, concepts, processes, and implications of family processes, and physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional development across the lifespan.

Diversity in Human Development and Family Studies

Students apply HDFS Content Knowledge to interpret, compare, and analyze the diversity of lifespan development and family processes within real-life settings, and across local, national, and global contexts.

Human Development and Family Studies Integration and Application

Students integrate and apply HDFS Content and Diversity Knowledge to examine and evaluate solutions to real-world issues that impact the development of children, youth, adults, and families in their real-life everyday settings and contexts.

Human Development and Family Studies Professional Application

Students evaluate, critically analyze, and apply HDFS Content and Diversity Knowledge to develop effective and ethical professional skills and practices to serve and advocate for individuals and families in diverse, multicultural communities.