Academic Programs Catalog

College of Social Science

Department of Human Development and Family Studies

Undergraduate Programs
Human Development and Family Studies - Bachelor of Arts

Graduates will be committed to improving the health and well-being of diverse individuals and families across the lifespan through research, teaching, and professional practice. Recognizing, understanding and addressing the central role of diversity and interdependence among families and communities is a core value of graduates. Students gain knowledge of basic research and the application of research to improving the lives of individuals in the context of the family, the community, and policy. Practical experience in real-world settings is incorporated into the degree program.  Students are prepared to work in community and governmental agencies and organizations that provide human services within changing societies and serve children, youth, and families. Upon graduation, students may apply for provisional certification as a Family Life Educator and with additional work experience they can earn full certification.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Development and Family Studies

  1. The University requirements for the bachelor’s degree as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development and Family Studies.

    The University’s Tier II writing requirement for the Human Development and Family Studies major is met by completing Human Development and Family Studies 345. This course is referenced in item 3. below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Social Science for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
  3. The following requirements for the major.
                   
    a. All of the following courses (46 credits):  
      HDFS 145

    The Individual, Marriage, and the Family

    3

      HDFS 225 Lifespan Human Development in the Family

    3

      HDFS 270 Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies

    4

      HDFS 345 Principles of Family Studies (W)

    3

      HDFS 414 Parenting  

    3

      HDFS 442 Ethnic Families in America

    3

      HDFS 444 Interpersonal Relationships in the Family

    3

      HDFS 445 Human Sexuality

    3

      HDFS 447 Management of Human Service Programs

    3

      HDFS 448 Child and Family Policy

    3

      HDFS 454 Family Financial Management

    3

      HDFS 472 Evaluation of Human Service Programs

    3

      HDFS 481 Research and Quantitative Methods in Human 3
            Development and Family Studies  
      HDFS 493 Internship   6