Human Development and Family Studies

Description

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies offers a major in HDFS, which provides an understanding of growth and development throughout the lifespan. The HDFS curriculum prepares graduates to work with children, adolescents and families in a variety of programs, including government, private and corporate settings. HDFS majors are equipped with critical knowledge and transferable skills for maintaining currency in today's rapidly changing society. Along with a strong liberal arts education, students complete extensive coursework and practical experience in family systems. Students receive handson practice from faculty who have professional experience and outstanding academic credentials. Also, students have opportunities to participate with faculty in research programs focused on the student's field of study.

Interests and Skills

Students majoring in Human Development and Family Studies have a genuine concern for children and families and seek the challenge of helping people learn, solve life problems and successfully interact with others. Students gain an understanding of the development of the family system and the dynamics of family relationships. Students concentrating in Adolescent and Youth Development are interested in the growth and development of adolescents and youth within the family, peer and school contexts. The General HDFS concentration provides a flexible program for students interested in preparing for professional work or further study related to children and families through coursework only, with no internship required. This program of study is especially relevant for students who would like to pursue advanced coursework in preparation for professional degrees, such as medical school.

Degree Options

A student majoring in Human Development and Family Studies graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Human Environmental Sciences degree. Students may continue their education and pursue a Master of Science in Human Environmental Sciences. Some students move to one of our collaborative doctoral programs in Education or Psychology.

Career Opportunities

HDFS graduates often pursue graduate study at UA or other prominent universities, or they develop careers in various settings for children, youth and adults. Most importantly, HDFS graduates work in rewarding careers ultimately improving the quality of life for individuals and families.

Types of Jobs Accepted

Family Studies graduates find jobs as family relationships/parenting educators in businesses, mental health agencies, and community or church-related programs. Child Life graduates work in hospitals, outpatient clinics and large pediatric practices. Adolescent and Youth graduates work in private clinics, human service organizations, community-sponsored programs or with youth groups in churches, synagogues, and other privately funded organizations.

Jobs of Experienced Alumni

Teachers, Administrators, Community Service Providers, Social Services Representative, Travel Agent , Teen Mom Program Director, Child Life Specialist in a research hospital, Adult or Child Daycare Provider, Consumer Protection Agent, Business Manager, Writer/Editor of Children's Books, Parent Counselor, Hospice Manager , State Department of Education, Women's Protective Agency, State Department of Human Resources, State Department of Children's Affairs and Child/Family Advocate.

Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS-HCL)

Semester 1 Semester 2
EN 101 EN 102
PY 101 HISTORY CORE
HES 100 HD 205
MATH CORE BSC 109
ELECTIVE HD 101 CORE
Semester 3 Semester 4
FINE ARTS PHL 204 HU CORE
NATURAL SCI CORE HD 382
HD 202 HU L, OR FA
LITERATURE CORE HD 321
SB OR HI  
Semester 5 Semester 6
HD 322 HD 203
FL OR C HD 422 W CORE
HES 310 BSC 216
BSC 215 HD 491
HD 302 ELECTIVE COURSE
Semester 7 Semester 8
WRITING CORE HD 472
FL OR C HD 491
HD 451 HD 426
HD 496  

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Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS)

Semester 1 Semester 2
EN 101 EN 102
FL OR C HISTORY CORE
HES 100 HD 101
MATH CORE BSC 109
PY 101 LITERATURE CORE
Semester 3 Semester 4
FINE ARTS HU, L, OR FA
NATURAL SCI CORE HD 202
HD 205 FL OR C
CONCENTRATION COURSE CONCENTRATION COURSE
HU, L, OR FA IF NEEDED
Semester 5 Semester 6
HD 382 HES 310
CONCENTRATION COURSE CONCENTRATION COURSE
WRITING CORE  
Semester 7 Semester 8
HI OR SB HI OR SB
CONCENTRATION ELECTIVE ELECTIVE COURSES
  CONCENTRATION COURSE

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