Human Development and Family Studies

Because our courses can change from time to time, it is important to keep in close contact with your advisor to learn about any alterations to your degree plan.

The Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) concentration is designed to prepare the graduate for employment in a variety of occupations that serve individuals, in a child and family services agency as a counselor, child and elder care as a caregiver or administrator, or to enter an internship to become a certified child life specialist through the Child Life Council, Inc.

Small class size allows blending of theory and practice “hands on” learning. Student involvement in the Association for Childhood Education International is encouraged to provide more complete personal and professional development that enables students to compete successfully in the job market.

Career Opportunities

• Case Worker

• Activities Director/Specialist

• Child Care Center Director

• Child Life Specialist Preparation

• AgriLife Extension Agent

Demand for Human Development and Family Studies graduates is very high. Students in HDFS will gain a knowledge of nutrition and foods; human development and family studies; consumer economics and family resource management; curriculum development; and occupational programs. Students may select a minor course of study.

The Marc Cisneros Center for Young Children provides opportunities for students to gain experience in working with preschool age children and their parents in a closely supervised setting.

This page was last updated on: May 1, 2017