Department of Human Sciences

Human Development and Family Science Undergraduate Programs

Do you like people? Do you want to make a difference in the world? If so, HDFS is the major for you!

The Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) major is a great choice for a “people person”. This major prepares students for careers that help others, contribute to one's community, and provide a sense of making a difference in one's society. Many factors make an HDFS major very valuable, such as a growing older adult population, a stable high divorce rate, and more dual income families leading to more children being in child care. Having the knowledge of how children and families develop is an extremely valuable asset for a variety of careers, from teaching children, to working in social service settings with children and families, to working with older adults.

Students who major in Human Development and Family Science can choose one of three undergraduate program options:

Subject Matter of the Program

  • the nature and process of human development over the life span
  • the dynamics of marital and family relationships
  • conditions in the family, community, and society that enhance, support, and impede individual
  • development and family well-being
  • dysfunctional family systems/family therapy
  • family life education

Instructional-Research Laboratories/Cooperative Extension Program

  • Couple and Family Therapy Clinic, Mount Hall - Serves students, faculty/staff, and community; site for supervised clinical practicum in couple and family therapy for doctoral students in a COAMFT/AAMFT accredited Ph.D. program and for clinical research, with 4 therapy and 3 observational rooms, one-way windows, audio-video technology
  • Extension Education Program in Human Development and Family Science - Research-based educational programs designed to contribute to the well-being of individuals and families.

Professional Staff

  • Eugene Folden - Ph.D.,The Ohio State University, Director of Undergraduate Studies