Human Development & Family Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences
The Human Development and Family Sciences 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.
Our bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Sciences from Texas Tech University provides you with a pathway to endless possibilities including careers in social services, nonprofits, advocacy and teaching. In addition, it is a pathway to preparation for careers in professional healthcare, counseling, law and higher education.
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 Sciences, and the number 2 program in the state of Texas.
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 first 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 caseworkers and work with children and families in this state-of-the-art learning laboratory.
- Pre-Professional Health Career Options. The Human Development and Family Sciences program offers a strong foundation 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 vital in quality patient care. Learn more about this pathway.
- Complete a Community Practicum experience and gain internship experience. Texas Tech has connections with many child and family service agencies, including schools, child care centers, adoption agencies, youth development programs, nonprofit agencies, family counseling practices, retirement communities, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, group or foster care centers and agencies that serve special populations. A 90 or 150-hour community practicum experience can be specifically tailored to your career goals, and provides you with meaningful, hands-on experience.
- Undergraduate research opportunities. In addition, meaningful undergraduate research opportunities are available through a number of labs, institutes and 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 such as Occupational & Physical Therapy
You can increase your marketability by combining the Human Development and Family Sciences 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.