Human Development & Family Studies

Completion of our Human Development and Family Studies major prepares students for work in a variety of human service settings. These include youth services organizations, parent education programs, allied health care settings, juvenile and adult corrections, family and community services, long-term care facilities, and church and military family life programs.

Graduates are also well prepared to pursue an advanced degree in the behavioral and social sciences, marital and family therapy studies, human development, or other professional programs, leading to teaching, counseling, research or administrative positions in social service, government, education or church settings.

The Human Development and Family Studies graduate is also qualified to receive provisional certification in Family Life Education from the National Council on Family Relations.


Part 1: General Education Core
(See Core Studies Requirements)

Part 2: Human Development and Family Studies

Specified Core Courses: PSY 140/141, SOC 140; 41-42 credits.

15 credits in residence, 26 upper division. Required:

Major Core:
HD 311 Prenatal/Early Childhood Development 3
HD 312 Mid-Child/Adolescent Development 3
HD 313 Adult Development, Aging and Dying 3
HD/HE 320 Human Sexuality 3
SS 393 Research Methods and Applied Statistics 4
Family Studies Courses:
SS/COMM 200 Interpersonal Communication 2
EDPSY 420 Learning Theory 3
EDPSY 320 Family Life Education Methodology 2
HD 314 Parenting Through the Life Cycle 3
REL/SOC 310 Religions of the World 3
SOC 280 Marriage and Family 2
SOC/PS 345 OR SW 482 Social Problems and Public Policy
Child Welfare
SOC 380 Contemporary Family Issues 3
SW 480 Family Resource Management 2
PSY 392 OR
PSY 492
Junior Internship
Senior Internship

Major Competencies

  • Practice respect for diversity in socio-cultural arenas.
  • Exemplify sensitivity to the feelings of others.
  • Articulate an understanding of family dynamics.
  • Prioritize family process over the family structure.
  • Apply developmental theories as they analyze people throughout the life cycle.
  • Plan and implement a family life education class.
  • Identify and access community and national resources available to parents.
  • Exhibit knowledge and skills that will equip them to be effective family life educators.
  • Personify integration of their personal faith and values around the topic of human sexuality.
  • Defend systemic definitions of marriage and family.
  • Utilize knowledge of and experience with concepts of the family in its public and private functions.
  • Propose the implications of ethical challenges for the field of family life education.
  • Demonstrate information literacy by applying appropriate internet and library resources in the development of family life presentations.
  • Discuss the complexities of national origin, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, and cultural relations and how these social divides challenge people as they seek to live and work respectfully with all persons.

(Updated May, 2017)