Undergraduate Program

Human Development and Family Sciences Undergraduate Program

Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS) is a department within the School of Human Ecology (SoHE). Currently, HDFS is home to over 400 undergraduate majors who focus on the study of families and the individuals within the family unit.

Our program is unique in that it is located in the College of Natural Sciences, giving our majors a solid background in mathematics as well as the physical and natural sciences. Our HDFS curriculum focuses on students developing knowledge and experience about individuals and the family through observation, interaction, research, and writing, and provides ample opportunities for students to implement the skills they have mastered. The combination of science and HDFS gives students an excellent preparation for a future in allied health professions, graduate school or advance degrees, research careers in HDFS, or for employment that has indirect or direct contact with children, families, or adults.

Students choose between five tracks, Early Childhood, Human Development, Families and Personal Relationships, Families and Society, and General Human Development and Family Sciences, which requires a 3.00 GPA. Regardless of a student’s track or course work, all diplomas read Human Development and Family Sciences.

Students interested in finding internships, exploring career opportunities, or planning for graduate school should visit the College of Natural Sciences Career Design Center Web site and schedule an appointment with an adviser by calling 512-471-6700. The Natural Sciences Career Design Center can provide access to an exclusive college job database (e-Recruiting) and add you to the hdfs-career listserv.