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Human Development and Family Science (HDFS), Bachelor of Science

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As the only program at Ohio State with a primary focus on family and human development, you will learn how humans develop physically, emotionally and socially throughout the lifespan in the context of the family. This broad-based interdisciplinary degree provides students with the knowledge and expertise to shape an interesting and impactful career helping individuals, families and communities. And the personalized attention from the HDFS faculty makes a large university seem small, where students feel understood, challenged, encouraged and supported.

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Student opportunities

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Elective Opportunities

With a large number of elective courses available, you can double major, double minor, or simply take supporting courses to meet your learning interests and professional goals.

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Career Paths

Human development and family science prepares you for a multitude of career options in human service, non-profit and public service. 

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Degree requirements


This major is direct admit.

Minimum program hours


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Deadline to apply

November 1

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