Human Development and Family Science

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Human Development & Family Science

Build stronger, healthier relationships. Nurture families. Improve communities. The people-focused, hands-on coursework in the Human Development and Family Science program challenges students to devise, defend, discuss and refine research-based solutions that enrich the quality of life for families, individuals and communities.


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Undergraduate Major

The Bachelor of Science program brings a multidimensional approach to understanding human behavior and relationships from psychological, social, cultural and biological perspectives. Students apply their knowledge for a career or graduate program in fields such as social work, counseling, nursing, psychology, occupational therapy, human resources and child program management.

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Undergraduate Minor

The Human Development and Family Science minor allows students to explore issues within families and individuals across the lifespan. Coursework prepares students for professions that improve the quality of life for individuals of all ages, couples and families.

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Graduate Program

The Ph.D. program offers cutting-edge training in Human Development and Family Science, with an emphasis on developing skills for conducting basic and applied research. Graduate coursework includes classes in theory, applications and rigorous research methodology and statistics.

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The program has an excellent network of community agencies and partners who provide internship opportunities and hands-on learning for students to apply what they learn in the classroom to real-world settings.

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Advanced Scholarship

Working closely with faculty mentors, students participate in active research labs, present at professional conferences, take on leadership roles locally and in professional organizations, and author scientific manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals.

Career Planning

The Student Engagement and Career Development Center offers advice on career direction, graduate school preparation and research opportunities.

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Are you passionate about making a difference in the world? Are you ready to be a catalyst for positive change? Talk with a Human Development & Family Science advisor to begin your journey to professional fulfillment.

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