Human Development and Family Studies Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Human Development and Family Studies

Degree Overview

See how this bachelor's degree gives you the skills needed to help individuals and families throughout different stages of life.

This Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) combines coursework and field experience in individual and family development across the lifespan. Learn how individuals develop and change, how family, community, and society affect human development. With a family studies major, you learn how to apply this knowledge in career areas such as early childhood services, adolescent intervention, programming for older adults, support for children and families in hospital settings, and community outreach. Coursework in this human development major program builds skills in observation, program development and implementation, grant writing, and social policy information as these relate to diverse populations.

  • Are you curious about the way human beings grow and develop from infancy to adulthood?
  • Do you wonder how environmental and social factors affect physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development?
  • Are you an early childhood professional or thinking of a career focused on the developmental needs of young children?
  • Do you currently work or are interested in working with children, families, or the elderly?
  • Are you considering a career in family counseling, youth services, or education programs?

If your answer to any of these questions is "yes," then a human development degree may be the right path for you.

Human Development Professor Wins OnlinePlus Innovative Educator Award

OPIE Award

Julie Taylor, assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS), received the bi-annual OnlinePlus Innovative Educator (OPIE) Award at the Fall 2013 Graduation Luncheon.Taylor is the second HDFS representative to win the OPIE honor.

“The OPIE award is our opportunity to recognize a faculty member who has worked hard to engage with students, exemplifying outstanding instruction and relationship building in an online program,” said Jordan Fritts, CSU OnlinePlus interim associate provost.

Learn more about the OPIE award, and read Dr. Taylor’s Q/A with

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