Human Development & Family Studies Bachelor of Science
Department of Human Development & Family Studies
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OVERVIEW OF MAJOR
Are you curious about the way human beings grow and develop? Have you ever wondered how environmental and social factors affect physical, cognitive, and emotional development? Are you interested in learning more about specific stages of human development such as infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood and aging? Does the study of family dynamics or the aging process intrigue you? Have you ever thought about a career in family counseling or working with youth in various settings? Would you like to work with hospitalized children to help reduce the stress of medical treatment on them and their families? If your answer to any of these questions is “yes” then a major in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) may be for you.

Human Development and Family Studies is a major focusing on the interdisciplinary study of the development of individuals and families across the lifespan. Students learn to identify factors that influence cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development through infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and later adulthood in the contexts of culture and family.

Students complete human development and family studies foundational requirements -- such as biology, psychology, sociology, and individual and family development -- as well as courses toward one or two concentrations. Students may choose from the following concentration areas:
- Human Development and Family Studies
- Early Childhood Professions
- Pre-Health Professions
- Prevention and Intervention Sciences
- Leadership and Entrepreneurial Professions

Selecting a concentration allows students to specialize their coursework based on post-graduation goals and interests. Details about the concentrations are outlined on the HDFS website.

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CHARACTERISTICS AND SKILLS
* Capacity to understand emotional and physical needs of others
* Interest in the empirical research related to human development and family studies
* Ability to inspire respect, trust and confidence
* Ability to identify factors that influence personal development
* Ability to help persons through stressful situations
* Dependable and patient
* Strong written and oral communication skills
* Organized and creative

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POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS
HDFS graduates are prepared to work in a variety of human service settings including youth services and early childhood organizations, elementary, and parent education programs, allied health care, juvenile and adult corrections, family and community services, and long-term care facilities.

HDFS graduates are also well prepared to pursue an advanced degree in the behavioral and social sciences, or other professional programs. Career occupations include but are not limited to:
* Adult protective services
* Adult recreation programming
* Advocacy programs
* Career development programs
* Child life hospital programs
* Community recreation programs
* Correctional services
* Counseling and therapy (would require advanced degree)
* Director/ manager of organization
* Early childhood administration
* Elementary and parent education programs
* Employment training and development
* Family/ social services
* Healthcare
* Human resources
* Legislation/ government/ public policy
* Long-term care facilities
* Mental health services
* Non-profit agency administration
* Prevention and intervention programs
* Residential treatment centers
* Retirement transition planning
* Senior centers
* Services for individuals with disabilities
* Volunteer management
* Women's centers and programs

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RELATED STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
* Health and Human Sciences College Council 
* HDFS Student Outreach and Undergraduate Leadership (SOUL)
* Campus Connections

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MORE INFORMATION
Department of Human Development and Family Studies
301 Behavioral Sciences Building
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1570
970-491-4947
http://www.hdfs.chhs.colostate.edu/students/undergraduate/index.aspx
* Academic and career advising for majors


Career Center
120 Lory Student Center
Fort Collins, CO 80523
970-491-5707
http://career.colostate.edu
* Major and career exploration/Job search information

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