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Human Development & Family Studies (B.S.)

The goal of the B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies is to provide an interdisciplinary approach to study and work with individuals and families. This program draws from theory and research that examines the process of human development across the lifespan and the dynamic interaction of family members. Students pursuing the B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies gain knowledge and experience in the science of human growth and development, human interaction and family relationships. Graduates work in careers that promote healthy development and positive family functioning across the lifespan, such as: a Social Services Case Worker, Provider at Residential Treatment Center, Youth Organization Worker, Program Director for Youth, Family or Senior Citizen Center.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Work well with other people
  • 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

  • Prevention specialist
  • Social services case worker
  • Program director for youth, family or senior citizen center
  • Family and child advocate
  • Graduate school

Recent Employers

  • Department of Social Services
  • Safe House
  • East Central Behavioral Health
  • Sanford Health
  • Boys and Girls Club

Internship Opportunities

  • Youth Clubs and Agencies
  • Assisted Living and Nursing Home Facilities
  • Department of Social Services
  • Mental Health Agencies
  • Adjustment Training Centers

Suggested Minors

  • Rehabilitation Services
  • Gerontology
  • Psychology

Clubs and Organizations

  • Human Development & Family Studies Club

Still deciding? Reflecting on your values, interests, personality traits, and skills will provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. FOCUS 2 CAREER, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you do just that. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 CAREER by using the code: jacks. After completing FOCUS 2 CAREER, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.