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Online Human Development and Family Studies (B.S.)

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Human Development and Family Studies is the study of lifespan development in the context of family, community and society. The Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) major prepares students for careers such as working with children and families, or assisting prevention specialists and advocates. Graduates are employable in schools, state government, clinics, childcare facilities and non-profit organizations.

The program works to draw from theory and research to examine human development across the lifespan and the dynamic interaction of family members. Students will gain knowledge and experience in the science of human growth and development, human interaction and family relationships. Graduates will typically work in careers that promote healthy development and positive family functions.

Student Learning Outcomes

HDFS majors will share a common base of knowledge, skills and experiences:

  • Knowledge and understanding of
    • Developmental stages and processes across the lifespan
    • Family dynamic processes
    • The multi-directional influences of social contexts and the development of individuals, couples and families
    • The interpersonal skills required for an effective helping relationship
  • Skill and ability to
    • Interpret and evaluate current information regarding human and family development
    • Use human development and family theories to understand and explain individual growth and family interaction
    • Plan and evaluate intervention strategies designed to enhance the development of individuals, couples and families
  • Experiences in
    • A range of settings that human development and family studies professionals inhabit
    • Supervised work in a professional setting

Career Opportunities

  • Social Services Case Worker
  • Provider at Residential Treatment Center
  • Youth Organization Worker
  • Program Director for Youth
  • Family or Senior Citizen Center

Program Contact

Carla Anderson, EHS Academic Success Team Coordinator
Wagner Hall 421
Phone: 605-688-6145

SDSU Continuing and Distance Education

Phone: 605-688-4154

SDSU Admissions

Phone: 605-688-4121