+ Human Development and Family Studies
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The undergraduate Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) degree program is guided by a life-span human development perspective and a family science context. Accredited by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), the HDFS degree enables graduates to apply for the Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) designation. The curriculum focuses on families in society, interpersonal relationships, internal dynamics of families, human growth and development, human sexuality, family resource management, parent education and guidance, family law and policy, ethnics, and family life education methodology. The ecological contexts of child, family, school, and community are emphasized to provide students with an in-depth understanding of individuals and families.
The HDFS degree prepares graduates to work in fields such as family life and parent education, community outreach services, child and youth programming, family and community development, social service delivery, elder care facilities, and child advocacy. Graduates are also prepared to seek advanced degrees focusing on HDFS and related areas.
Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in Human Development and Family Studies are expected to:
- Demonstrate substantive knowledge in life-span human development and family science that is based on the most current research and theory and that emphasizes important ecological, systemic, and contextual factors;
- Show understanding of the importance of developing collaborative partnerships to serve the needs of children, families, and individuals across the life-span;
- Articulate and demonstrate professional ethics and conduct in all work with agencies, families, children, and individuals;
- Understand and appreciate multiple aspects of diversity of individuals, families, cultures, and communities;
- Demonstrate critical and reflective thinking as well as analytic abilities, facility in oral and written communication, and management skills;
- Understand the impact of public and private policies at multiple levels on children, families, education, and the professions involved with children, families, and individuals across the life-span.