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.
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:
- Requirements for AS-T certified students in Early Childhood Education
- Requirements for AA-T certified students in Child & Adolescent Development
All other HDFS majors, see below:
Complete all of the following core courses:
- HDEV 301: Advanced Reading and Writing in HDFS (3 units)
- HDEV 302: Research Methods in HDFS (3 units)
- HDEV 305S: Practicum and Professional Development (2 units)
- HDEV 380S: Service Learning Human Dev (2 units)
- HDEV 400A: Pre-Capstone (1 units)
- HDEV 400B: Capstone Seminar (3 units)
- PANM 422: Program Development: Planning (2 units)
- PANM 432: Program Development: Evaluation (2 units)
Complete nine (9) units total from the Phase-specific coursework in List A and List B:
Complete a minimum of six (6) units from the following Development in Context coursework:
- HDEV 341: Family Violence: Identification, Prevention, and Intervention (3 units)
- HDEV 342: Human Development, Technology and the Media (3 units)
- HDEV 344: Death and Dying (3 units)
- HDEV 353: Cross-Cultural Human Development (3 units)
- HDEV 355: Behavioral and Emotional Disorders of Childhood and Adolesence (3 units)
- HDEV 377: Geriatrics & Gerontology (3 units)
Complete a minimum of six (6) units from the following Family Science coursework:
- HDEV 310: Parenting Across Lifespan (3 units)
- HDEV 315: Risk and Resiliency in Families (3 units)
- HDEV 320: Immigrant Families Across the Lifespan (3 units)
- HDEV 321: Diverse Families (3 units)
- HDEV 340: Close Relationships and Family Development (3 units)
Complete one of the following Interdisciplinary Health Science courses:
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.