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Human Development and Family Studies

Human Development and Family Studies

Human Development and Family Studies is a multidisciplinary program that examines the development of individuals and families across the life span. It enables students to prepare for professional, managerial, or scientific roles in health and human services professions, in public and nonprofit agencies, and in business and industry, as well as for advanced professional or graduate study. 

HDFS students learn about development and families from many different points of view—including biology, psychology, and sociology. 

Psychological: Emotions and attitudes, learning, beliefs, stress management; Social: family, peer relationships, culture, socioeconomics; Biological: physiological, medications, neurochemistry, genetics.

We focus on child and adolescent development, adult development and aging, biological and social aspects of human development, family studies, intervention and prevention research, and developmental research methods.

Practice - Theory - Research