Mission statement

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies focuses on applied research, teaching, and service. From an ecological perspective, we prepare scholars and professionals in their understanding and appreciation of the complexity and diversity of individuals and their relationships. The educational process encourages critical thinking and the application of knowledge to improve the quality of life for individuals and families across the life span.

Work with children and families in unique ways

We do interdisciplinary work. A degree in child development, family studies, or early childhood positions you to enter a variety of occupations. Our students often pair a Human Development and Family Studies degree with programs such as psychology, sociology, health professions, or a minor within our department.

We offer you many unique experiences including internships, specialty training and certifications, research opportunities, and experience in the nationally-recognized Child Development and Learning Laboratory.