Human Development and Family Studies
We help children and families thrive
We prepare you for the important work of supporting children and families so that everyone thrives. Our classes focus on applying what you learn to the real worlds of childcare, advocacy, intervention, education, health care and policy, among many others. As a student in one of our programs, you develop an understanding and appreciation of the complexity and diversity of individuals and their relationships. Together, we strive to improve the quality of life for individuals and families across the lifespan.
We apply an ecological perspective in our applied research, teaching, and service. This means we engage in the relationship-based study of development that includes the many influences of one's environment.
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.
Gow Recognized as Top 10 in 10
Family Studies Alum, Brooke Gow, is recognized for exceptional achievements within a decade of graduation.
Hoffman Receives Honor
The Mid-American Conference honors Dr. Holly Hoffman for outstanding support inside and outside the classroom.