Creating a diverse, multicultural environment intent on improving lives through exceptional teaching, research, and outreach

Take a Look Inside HDFS

Human Development & Family Studies (HDFS) prepares students to address real-world problems in communities across the globe. Through innovative research and outreach programs, students can improve the lives of children, adolescents, adults, and families.

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies addresses contemporary social issues that affect the health and well-being of children, youth, adults, and families, through high-quality and innovative research, teaching, and outreach programs. We seek to recruit students and build collaborations with others who share our interests.

Our students combine classroom work with practical experience to gain an in-depth understanding of how children/teens develop, how families function effectively, and how to improve the lives of children/teens, families, and the professionals who work with them. Majoring in HDFS is a great foundation for training and careers in health-related professions (e.g., pediatrics, occupational therapy), human services (e.g., counseling, marriage and family therapy), law or human resources (e.g., family attorney, HR specialist), and other meaningful fields of work. We encourage you to apply!