College of Education

Department of Liberal Studies

Human Development & Family Science BS

First Human Development and Family Studies graduating cohort

The Human Development & 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 or social service programs.


Project Title: Getting Comfortable With End-of-Life Planning

Description: End-of-Life planning with family members should not be put off until the last minute; this one hour session will teach you easy conversation starters and general care options. Taylor Gardner has been working with Heartland Hospice during her senior year at CSUMB, and has tips to help you plan ahead with your loved ones. Presentation will be on Thursday, 18 April 2019 in Playa, bldg 2 conference room from 12:00pm-1:00pm

Human Development and Family Science

Related Careers



  • Preschool and child care center directors
  • Pre-K, special education, and elementary teacher
  • Recreation therapist
  • Adult literacy, English-as-Second-Language (ESL), and General Equivalency Development (GED) teacher

Counseling and Social Work

  • Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Social worker
  • School psychologist or counselor
  • Youth and family services


  • Survey researchers
  • Political scientist
  • Sociologists
  • College professor

Health Services

  • Paramedical
  • Home health aide
  • Occupational therapy
  • Child life specialist


  • Human resources
  • Public relations
  • Training and development managers
  • Compensation and benefits manager
  • 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.