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Students major in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) are passionate and committed to improving the well-being of individuals, families, and communities.

To prepare for positive impact, students majoring in HDFS complete core courses focused on applied development science, then choose advanced coursework and hands-on learning experiences based on their personal and professional interests.

Students graduating with a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies work in case management, direct support, advocacy, and program administration in a variety of health and human service fields, including early childhood, youth, family, and aging services.

With the ability to customize course work and hands-on learning around career interests, a B.S. in HDFS can also be great preparation for graduate study and professional degrees in social work, counseling (including mental health and school counseling), public policy, law, and research. Students majoring in HDFS can also work with the University’s pre-health advising office to integrate their HDFS path with preparation for graduate or professional study in occupational therapy, child life, second degree nursing, and medical school.

Learn more about the HDFS major