Students in the Human Development and Family Sciences major must complete the following requirements: HDFS 1070; PSYC 1100, 1103 (or 1101); SOCI 1001 or HDFS 1060; and STAT 1000Q or 1100Q (Note: These courses may also fulfill University General Education requirements). Students must meet the information literacy and writing competency requirements through satisfactory completion of HDFS 2004W and one of the following: HDFS 4007W, 4087W, or 4181W.
The major in Human Development and Family Sciences requires 43 credits at the 2000 level or above including 31 credits in Human Development and Family Sciences and 12 credits in courses related to but outside the major department. A student completing requirements for a major must have a grade point average of 2.0 or better in the credits that count toward the major in Human Development and Family Sciences. Students are allowed much flexibility in tailoring their major to meet their particular interests and educational goals. Working with their advisors and other faculty, students can develop their HDFS plan of study to reflect inter-related areas of expertise in areas such as Early Childhood Education, Child and Adolescent Development; Adulthood, Aging, and Gerontology; Couples, Parents, and Families; Health, Wellbeing, and Prevention; and Diversity and Culture.
This major also must include at least nine credits from the following courses: HDFS 2142E, 3042, 3083*, 3092**, 3095, 3098, 3101, 3102, 3103, 3110, 3120, 3122, 3123, 3125, 3127, 3141, 3240, 3249, 3250, 3251, 3252, 3261, 3268, 3277, 3310, 3311, 3319, 3340, 3341, 3342, 3343, 3420, 3421, 3423, 3425, 3430, 3431, 3432, 3433, 3442, 3473, 3510, 3520, 3530, 3540, 3550, 4004, 4007W, and 4255.
* No more than six credits can be counted toward the nine selected credits.
** No more than three credits can be counted toward the nine selected credits.
The Human Development and Family Sciences Honors Program offers motivated students a way of enhancing their studies while providing distinction to their academic records through more in-depth study and the opportunity for independent projects or research. Human Development and Family Sciences majors with an overall GPA that meets the University Honors minimum and a GPA in the major of 3.5 or higher are eligible to apply to the Honors Program in Human Development and Family Sciences. Students should apply as early as possible, and applications will not be accepted after the first semester of a student’s junior year. Honors Scholars who complete the required honors course work and an approved honors thesis project, as well as maintain the required GPA, will graduate with a degree with Honors. For more information on this program, contact the Human Development and Family Sciences Honors Advisor.