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.

Discover how individuals develop and change, and how family, community, and society affect human development with this Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) that combines coursework and field experience in individual and family development across the lifespan. With a family studies major, you'll be prepared for career opportunities in areas such as early childhood services, adolescent intervention, programming for older adults, support for children and families in hospital settings, and community outreach.

Our core curriculum covers topics like:

  • Individual and family development
  • Child, adolescent, and adult development
  • Professional skills development
  • Parenting
  • Research methods

An optional gerontology interdisciplinary minor can be added to further develop your understanding of the aging process and give you a specialized set of skills needed for a wide range of gerontology careers.

You can also choose to pursue early childhood Director Qualifications through this degree program. In choosing this option, you'll work with your advisor to select electives that help you meet the state of Colorado requirements and prepare you to seek early childhood education credentials upon completion of the degree.

Regardless of which direction you choose, the foundational coursework of our human development program builds skills in observation, program development and implementation, grant writing, and social policy information as these relate to diverse populations.

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