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HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY STUDIES (HDFS)

Major in human development and family studies (HDFS). The major in human development and family studies provides an understanding of growth and development throughout the lifespan. Following are descriptions of the concentrations available to HDFS majors, including courses required in each concentration. There are also recommended elective courses to enhance the various programs of study. A list of these courses is available from the student’s departmental advisor.

Concentration in family studies. The concentration in family studies provides an understanding of the development of the family system and the dynamics of family relationships. Students who earn a grade of “C” or better in each course in the program are eligible to apply for certification as a family life educator by the National Council on Family Relations. This concentration prepares students to work in a variety of educational and enrichment programs such as parenting programs, family service agencies, industry, schools, social service, churches, home economics, and 4-H extension. This concentration is also well-suited for students interested in pursuing graduate degrees in marriage and family therapy as well as other areas in family studies.

Each student completing the family studies concentration must have an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher before enrolling in HD 497 Family Studies Internship. Many internship opportunities require an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher. Students should contact the internship coordinator for further information.

Courses Hours
HD 202 Child Development: Infancy and Toddlerhood 3
HD 205 Child Development: Early Childhood 3
HD 262 Marriage and the Family 3
HD 302 Child Development: Adolescence 3
HD 382 Parent and Family Development 3
HD 462 Interpersonal Relationships 3
HD 472 Program Evaluation 3
HD 475 Human Sexuality/Sex Education 3
HD 483 Family Life Education (W) 3
HD 488 Senior Seminar 2
CSM 201 Individual and Family Resource Management 3
   
Choose one of the following:  
CSM 430 Family and Consumer Law, or
HD 480 Children and Divorce
3
HD 497 Human Development and Family Studies Internship 6
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Concentration in adolescent and youth development. The adolescent and youth development concentration is planned for students who are interested in the growth and development of adolescents and youth within the family, peer, and school contexts. The goal of this concentration is to prepare students for work in a variety of settings including community-based programs, home-based programs, and mental-health agencies. Additionally, this concentration provides the necessary background for students interested in pursuing graduate studies in adolescent and youth development. The curriculum consists of the HDFS core courses as well as specialty courses that highlight adolescent and youth issues.

Each student completing the adolescent and youth development concentration must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher on HD coursework before enrolling in HD 498 Human Development and Family Studies Internship. Many internship opportunities require an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher. Students should contact the internship coordinator for further information.

Required courses Hours
HD 202 Child Development: Infancy and Toddlerhood 3
HD 205 Child Development: Early Childhood 3
HD 302 Child Development: Adolescence 3
HD 382 Parent and Family Development 3
HD 462 Interpersonal Relationships 3
HD 472 Program Evaluation 3
HD 488 Senior Seminar 2
HHE 378 Drug Awareness/Education 3
HD 475 Human Sexuality 3
HD 498 Adolescent and Youth Internship 6
PY 372 Social Psychology 3
CJ 240 Youth Development and Juvenile Delinquency Control or
SW 208 Social Services for Delinquents and Their Families
3
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Concentration in general human development and family studies. 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 (there is no internship requirement). This program of study is especially relevant for students who would like to pursue advanced coursework in preparation for professional degrees (e.g., medical school). Other students who might find this option appropriate include students who wish to double major within four years, or students who for family or employment reasons find a semester-long internship a particular hardship.

Required courses Hours
HD 101 Human Development 3
HD 202 Child Development: Infancy and Toddlerhood 3
HD 205 Child Development: Early Childhood 3
HD 262 Marriage and Family 3
HD 302 Child Development: Adolescence 3
HD 382 Parent and Family Development 3
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Choose four courses from the following block (12 hours):
HD 412 Adult Development
HD 422 Administering Children’s Centers and Programs
HD 462 Interpersonal Relationships
HD 472 Program Evaluation
HD 475 Human Sexuality
HD 480 Children and Divorce
Approved HD course at the 300 or 400 level

AND

Choose four courses from the following block (12 hours):
CJ 240 Juvenile Delinquency or SW 208 Juvenile Delinquency: Causes, Control, and Services
CSM 201 Individual and Family Resource Management
CSM 430 Family and Consumer Law
HHE 378 Drug Awareness/Education
HHE 475 Human Sexuality
SPE 471 Developmental Perspectives of Young Children with Disabilities
PY 372 Social Psychology

 
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42 total hours

Concentration in child life. The child life concentration is planned for students who wish to study and work with children and youth in health care settings. The curriculum consists of a comprehensive foundation of courses related to the growth and development of the healthy child as well as children with illnesses. Through specific courses, students participate in laboratory and practicum experiences with children. These experiences, along with the theoretical information, provide a foundation necessary for working with hospitalized children and their families. This curriculum enables a student to become a candidate for the national certification exam administered by the Child Life Certifying Committee of the Child Life Council. Students must make application to the child life program after completion of 60–90 hours with at least 12 hours of HD courses. Acceptance and retention in the program are determined by (a) satisfactory recommendation by HD faculty committee and (b) overall grade point average of 2.5 and an average of 2.5 in HD courses. Each student enrolled in the child life concentration must have a GPA of 2.5 or better in human development coursework before enrolling in HD 496.

Courses Hours
BSC 215 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BSC 216 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
HD 202 Child Development: Infancy and Toddlerhood 3
HD 203 Medical Terminology 2
HD 205 Child Development: Early Childhood 3
HD 302 Child Development: Adolescence 3
HD 382 Parent and Family Development 3
HD 321 Conceptual and Creative Experiences for Young Children I 3
HD 322 Conceptual and Creative Experiences for Young Children II 3

HD 422 Administering Children’s Centers and Programs (W)

3
HD 426 Hospitalized Children and Youth 3
HD 451 Loss and Bereavement 3
HD 472 Program Evaluation 3
HD 488 Senior Seminar 2
PHL 204 Medical Ethics 3
HD 496 Child Life Internship 12
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Minor in human development and family studies. The minor in human development and family studies requires 18 hours including HD 202, HD 205, HD 302, HD 382, HD 462 and one HD elective at the 300 or 400 level.

Sample Curriculum for the HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY STUDIES major

FRESHMAN YEAR
Courses Hours
EN 101 and EN 102 or (EN 103) (FC) 6
HES 100 3
BSC 109 or BSC 114/115 (N) 4
Computer science (C) or foreign language (FL) 3–4
Math (MA) 3
PY 101 (SB) 3
History (HI ) and social and behavioral sciences (SB) 9
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  31–32
   
SOPHOMORE YEAR
   
Courses Hours
HD 202 3
HD 205 3
Computer science (C) or foreign language (FL) 3–4
Natural science (N) 4
Humanities (HU) and fine arts (FA) 12
Human development elective or concentration courses 3
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  28–29
   
JUNIOR YEAR
   
Courses Hours
HD 302 3
HD 382 3
Human development electives 6–9
Elective 6
Concentration or minor 12
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  30–33
   
SENIOR YEAR
   
Courses Hours
HES 310 3
HD internship, if applicable 6–12
HD 472 3
HD 488 2
Concentration or minor 9
Electives 9
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  31–38

 

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