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Human Development & Family Sciences

Human Development and Family Sciences- Health and WellnessNarges Hadi is researching the intergenerational solidarity with digital communication and mental health between older parents and adult childrenStella Courtney Crockett left a lasting impact on early childhood education, focusing on reading skills in special education classrooms

Exploring the science of human, relationship, and family development

The Department of Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS) offers a wide range of courses in the areas of early childhood education, human development across the lifespan, interpersonal relationships, and family sciences. Graduates of the department become qualified to pursue a variety of careers in healthcare, social services, education, public policy, public health programs, non-profit agencies, counseling parent and family life education, and/or pursue graduate studies.

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences is to promote the health and well-being of individuals, families and relationships across the life span through research, teaching, service and community outreach and engagement.

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Potential Areas of Study

  • Lifespan Human Development
  • Dynamics of Family Interactions
  • Prenatal & Infancy Development
  • Adolescent Development
  • Middle Adulthood
  • Gerontology and Older Adulthood
  • Parenting
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Close/Romantic Relationships
  • Cross-Cultural Perspectives 

Experiential Learning

  • 90-150 Hours of Community Practicum
  • Direct Experience Working with Children & Families
  • Undergraduate Research Opportunities
  • Faculty-Led Study Abroad
  • Service Learning Courses
  • Graduate Research Opportunities
  • Graduate Student Assistantships