Human Development and Family Studies
The Department of Human Development and Family Studies gets students started on their path to making communities and lives better as they pursue careers across education and intervention, social services, nonprofit organizations, health settings and more.
- Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Needs
- Developmental and Family Science
- Family and Consumer Sciences Education
- Human Services
- Addiction Studies Concentration (Human Services majors only)
- Interdisciplinary Programs:
In the research-focused doctoral program, you’ll take a multilevel approach to studying human development while receiving individual mentorship with faculty across a variety of research areas, including early childhood education and care, interpersonal relations, culture and diversity, health and well-being, and military families.
As work environments shift, families take different forms and individuals live longer than ever before, our faculty are generating knowledge to promote the health and well-being of individuals and families across all stages of life.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The Department of Human Development and Family Studies infuses diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice into our research, teaching, administration and engagement to create a supportive environment within the department and beyond. We integrate diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) throughout our academic programs and focus our research on a variety of DEI-related topics, including parenting practices across cultures, preschoolers’ perceptions and interactions with children with disabilities, and pathways to literacy readiness across diverse groups.Learn More
Our faculty and students work together to offer high-quality early education and child care services to the community in the Ben and Maxine Miller Child Development Laboratory School, creating an engaging environment where children can learn and grow.Learn More