The University of Delaware’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies is an academic unit that prepares undergraduate and graduate students for a career in early childhood education, family studies or human services.
We value diversity, inclusion and the promotion of positive human development within the rapidly changing global environment in which we live. By providing a rigorous curriculum and practical field experience, our students develop the skills to become leaders in their fields.
Our department, within the College of Education and Human Development, offers undergraduate programs in Human Services and Early Childhood Education, and graduate programs for students pursuing a Master of Science or Doctorate of Philosophy in Human Development and Family Studies.
Our students have the opportunity to work closely with faculty members to conduct research and provide service throughout the region, country and world.
Our programs help students make a difference in the world by working in:
- Family and community services
- Legislative advocacy
- Early childhood education
- Non-profit administration
- Family law
- Disabilities and early intervention
- In Remembrance of Wafaa Khalifah
December 6, 2016Wafaa Khalifah came from Saudi Arabia to University of Delaware, Department of Human Development and Family Studies. She was enrolled... Read More
- Allison Karpyn to study food insecurity as Fulbright
November 21, 2016Dr. Allison Karpyn, assistant professor of human development and family studies, and associate director of the Center for Education Research... Read More
- Giving for Global campaign initiative
November 15, 2016November is #UDGlobalMonth and the College of Education and Human Development has launched a "Giving for Global" campaign. The goal... Read More
- Dr. Fleury-Steiner partners with students on domestic violence research
November 14, 2016Dr. Ruth Fleury-Steiner, associate professor in human development and family studies, and Dr. Susan Miller, professor of sociology and criminal... Read More
- HDFS students collaborate with community organizations
October 27, 2016During summer session, HDFS students had the chance to work with organizations on service learning projects under the guidance of instructor... Read More