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Human Development and Family Studies

Build an understanding of people and the challenges they face

Students majoring in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) learn about contemporary social issues that affect children, youth, adults, and families.  Courses are taught by award-winning instructors who are devoted to student success.

  • Do you want to be a health professional who knows both medicine and the emotional, social, and cognitive development of children and adolescents?
  • Do you want to help teens and families from diverse backgrounds?
  • Do you want to influence law and policy with cutting-edge research on what children, youth, and families need?

Choose HDFS, a major that sets the foundation for becoming a compassionate physician, lawyer, counselor, family policy specialist, child advocate, human resource specialist, childcare provider, marriage and family therapist, physical therapist, and more.

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