Human Development & Family Studies
Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies
Our bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Studies provides you with superior preparation for careers in teaching, social services, early childhood education, and related fields.
The Human Development and Family Studies program at Texas Tech explores the science of development across the life span with a focus on relationships – within the family and among peers and reaches beyond home, family and school to relationships and development throughout the lifespan. Biological, cognitive, social, emotional, environmental, and cultural aspects of development are studied in the context of their impact on growth, change, risk, resilience and well-being over time.
Get personal attention and specialized training from a nationally recognized child and family development program.
In a recent national study, Texas Tech University was named as one of the nation's best schools for Human Development and Family Studies.
You will enjoy advanced opportunities at Texas Tech that few bachelor's degree programs
offer. Our human development and family studies program enables you to:
- Work directly with children and families from your freshman year onward. Texas Tech's on-site Child Development Research Center (CDRC) hosts 80 families with children aged 5 and younger. Texas Tech's Center for Early Head Start (EHS) serves 96 families with children aged 3 and younger. You can observe professional case workers and work with real clients in this state-of-the-art learning laboratory.
- Pre-Health Career Options. The Human Development and Family Studies program is great places for students interested in pre-professional health careers. A human development degree will be prepare students for careers supporting patients and their families through collaboration and interdisciplinary care. Students develop a dynamic understanding of individuals and families as well as professional communication skills.
- Gain internship experience and perform community service. Texas Tech has connections with all types of child and family service agencies, including schools, child care centers, adoption services, youth development programs, nonprofit agencies, family counseling practices, retirement communities, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, probation offices, and group or foster care centers. We will help you find an internship that is specifically tailored to your career goals, and provides you with meaningful, hands-on experience.
- Participate in research projects. Research opportunities are available through a number of institutes and research centers, including the CDRC, Center for Early Head Start, Institute for Developmental Science, and Texas Tech University Neuroimaging Institute.
Acquire a Broad Foundation for a Human and Family Development Career
The human development and family studies bachelor's degree supports a wide range of professional goals. Our graduates pursue many different types of career paths, including:
- Early childhood
- Social services
- Adoption services
- Child advocacy or protective services
- Family counseling
- Mental health services
- Pre-Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences
- Other Pre-Health Careers
You can increase your marketability by combining the Human Development and Family Studies degree with a Family and Consumer Sciences secondary teacher certification. Texas Tech's HDFS department received high praise in a recent national study, so employers and graduate school admissions personnel will recognize your degree as a mark of high quality.
More career opportunities can be found here.