Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Human Development and Family Studies

The Department of Educational Psychology offers this degree program.

Is this program for me?

A Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) provides a broadly based study of the intellectual, emotional, social, and moral development of individuals and families.

HDFS graduates have a variety of opportunities available to them. Many students go on to graduate school in the fields of Social Work, Psychology, Education, Medicine, and Law.

Since degree plans change periodically, students will follow the degree plan that is in place at the time in which they complete an official, signed degree plan. Following are the most current sample degree plans for HDFS majors:

It will typically take about 4 years to complete the program if students are enrolled full-time (12 hours).

What will I learn?

The HDFS curriculum focuses on:

  • Contemporary Families
  • Different periods of lifespan
  • Parent education
  • Delivery of human services
  • Early childhood education

The program includes coursework, a practicum and an internship.

What can I do with my degree?

Graduates may pursue the following careers:

  • Elementary School or Special Education Teacher (through the UH Teacher Education Program)
  • Early Childhood Intervention Specialist
  • Human Services Administrator
  • Employment in Nonprofit Organizations
  • Day Care Director
  • Graduate School

Graduates may pursue the following certificates:

Students may also choose to take courses to prepare them for the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Certificate (formerly American Humanics) which prepares students to manage nonprofit organizations.

Undergraduates in Human Development and Family Studies prepare for the following teacher certifications in the State of Texas through the UH Teacher Education Program:

  • Early Childhood (EC) - 6th grade generalist
  • Special Education EC -12

To apply for this major, make an appointment with the Human Development and Family Studies Undergraduate Advisor.

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