College of Education

Human Development and Family Science Department

About the Human Development and Family Science Major

The Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) 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 and social service programs.

The HDFS program accepts Freshmen, Transfer students, AS-T Certified Early Childhood Education students, and AA-T Certified Child and Adolescent Development students.

HDFS Major Learning Outcomes 

  • HDFS Content Knowledge: Students assess theories, research methods, and concepts of physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional development and of family processes across the lifespan.
  • Diversity in HDFS: Students analyze the diversity of lifespan development and family processes within real-life settings, and across local, national, and global contexts.
  • HDFS Integration and Application: Students evaluate and develop solutions to real-world issues that affect children, youth, adults, and families.
  • HDFS Professional Application: Students evaluate and develop effective and ethical professional HDFS skills and ethical and reflective practices to serve and advocate for individuals and families in diverse, multicultural communities.