Human Development & Family Studies

Build a foundation as you hone your interests

As you do the work of human development and family studies core courses, you will also begin to target more specific interests. With the assistance of an academic advisor, you can direct your area of study by taking electives in selected fields, including psychology, sociology, social work, criminal justice, or even the biological sciences. You will also have many opportunities to learn outside of the classroom, including individual research projects with faculty members, involvement in service and professional organizations, and a required internship with faculty supervision.


Human development and family studies majors may work in community services for families or youth, mental health agencies, or careers of service to individuals with special needs. You will also have an excellent foundation if you wish to apply to graduate programs in social work, public health, medicine, counseling, and other related fields. Our career coaches in the Office of Career Services will help you consider your future.