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Human Development and Family Services (A.S.)

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Study lifespan development within the family, community, and society.

The human development and family services program involves the study of lifespan development in the context of family, community and society. The human development and family services major prepares students for careers assisting prevention specialists, advocates and educators working with children and families. Graduates are employable in schools, hospitals, clinics, childcare facilities and non-profit organizations.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Enjoy working as part of a team.
  • Are interested in the complexity of human relationships.
  • Want to make a difference in people's lives.
  • Have strong communication skills.
  • Are involved in your community.

Career Opportunities

  • Human service specialist
  • Prevention specialist aide
  • Care specialists
  • Youth caseworker/aide
  • Teaching aide

Recent Employers

  • LifeScape
  • Lutheran Social Services in Sioux Falls
  • Boys and Girls Club

Clubs and Organizations

  • Human Development and Family Studies Club

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The exploratory studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the exploratory studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.