Texas Tech University

Human Development & Family Sciences

Human Development and Family Sciences- Health and WellnessHuman Development and Family Sciences Graduate Student Awarded by the National Council on Family Relations for Pregnancy ResearchWoosang Hwang Joins Human Development and Family Sciences Department as Assistant Professor

Exploring the science of development across the lifespan

The Department of Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS) offers a wide range of courses in the areas of early childhood, human development across the life span, interpersonal relations, and family studies. Graduates of the department become qualified to pursue a variety of careers in education, human services, health, advocacy, and business, 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

  • Life Span Human Development
  • Cross-Cultural Perspectives 
  • Contemporary Families
  • Family Interactions
  • Prenatal & Infancy Development
  • Adolescent Development
  • Middle Adulthood
  • Gerontology
  • Exploring development in context (e.g., cultural, ecological)
  • Measuring brain function using fMRI
  • Inter-generational family relationships process research
  • Close/Romantic Relationships

Experiential Learning

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