Department of Human Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Science

The undergraduate program in Human Development and Family Science is the only program at Ohio State with a primary concentration on family and human development. You'll get a broad base of knowledge about how children, adults and families develop, undergraduate research opportunities and the personalized attention from faculty that makes a large university seem small.


Students who study Human Development and Family Studies at Ohio State learn the history, theories and latest research on child, family and human development across a lifespan.

Your base knowledge in Human Development and Family Science will be established in family development, early and middle childhood, adolescence and emerging adults as well as human sexuality. You'll also learn research methods vital to research-based inquiry and valuable to your career or continued education.

Throughout the program, you will be prepared for a professional career or to further your education with graduate study. Our professional specializations give you the opportunity to create a degree program that meets your interests and professional goals. And if one of our pre-designed specializations don't meet all your goals, you can customize your own.

Areas of Professional Specialization

  • Family/Community Human Services
  • Aging Studies
  • Adolescent and At-Risk Youth
  • Intimacy/Sexuality Studies
  • Social Policy and Population Studies
  • Pre-medicine
  • Integrated Studies

Faculty in Human Development and Family Science have long-standing relationships with several organizations that will give you a first-hand look at human development. Field experiences at the Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy, Star House and adult rehabilitation centers are just a few of the organizations students can see their future career in action.

Our minor in Human Development and Family Science also is an option students at Ohio State can pursue. It is a great complement to any degree program, but is particularly helpful if you plan for a career working with children, families or individuals in helping professions.

Career Paths

Getting a degree in human development and Family Science prepares you for a variety of professions in the human services, law enforcement and corrections or student affairs sectors. Examples include:

  • Program coordinator
  • Caseworker
  • Probation officer
  • Parole officer
  • Community corrections officer
  • Admissions counselor
  • Outreach coordinator
  • Prevention educator
  • Social service manager
  • University student services administrator
  • Academic advisor
  • Researcher

Program Requirements

Prerequisites: Minimum 2.0 GPA, 15 OSU credit hours, Sociology 1101 (2.0 GPA required), Psychology 1100 (2.0 GPA required)
Minimum semester hours to degree completion: 120
Coursework: Sociology, psychology, family studies, research methods, human development
Course requirements: University courses (47-53 hours), electives (2-8 hours), major courses (19), major elective courses (28 hours), professional specialization (18 hours)
Academic opportunities: Internships, honors option, field experience, research practicum


Suzanne Bartle-Haring, PhD, Professor
Michael Betz, PhD, Assistant Professor
Cynthia Buettner, PhD, Associate Professor
Xin Feng, PhD, Associate Professor
Claire Kamp Dush, PhD, Associate Professor
Keeley Pratt, PhD, Assistant Professor
Kelly Purtell, PhD, Assistant Professor
Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan, PhD, Professor
Natasha Slesnick, PhD, Professor
Anastasia Snyder, PhD, Associate Professor
Deanna Wilkinson, PhD, Associate Professor
Jen D. Wong, PhD, Assistant Professor


Human Development and Family Science
135 Campbell Hall
1787 Neil Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43210

H. Eugene Folden, PhD
Undergraduate Studies Chair

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