The University of Delaware’s Department of Human Development and Family Sciences 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, Early Childhood Education, and Human Relations Administration and graduate programs for students pursuing a Master of Science or Doctorate of Philosophy in Human Development and Family Studies, or a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Development and Programming.
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
- Biden Institute features blog by Dr. Bahira Trask
March 15, 2018Dr. Bahira Trask published a blog with the Biden Institute discussing how HDFS is "Preparing Students for 21st Century Careers"... Read More
- Film Screening of What’s Race Got to Do With It?
March 13, 2018HDFS is hosting a screening and discussion of What's Race Got to Do With It? on Wed. April 4 from 1:30-3:30... Read More
- Social entrepreneurship series returns on 3/14 with Dr. Courthney Russell, Jr.
March 9, 2018Dr. Courthney Russell, Jr. of Mastermind Society will lead the HDFS Social Entrepreneurship Professional Development series on March 14th at 12:15pm... Read More
- Drs. Earnshaw and Barnes looking at bullying based on stigma
March 8, 2018Dr. Valerie Earnshaw and Dr. Tia Barnes have published a study in Developmental Review looking bullying based on stigmatized characteristics... Read More
- Save the date: Virtual Grad Student Conference May 31 & June 1
March 6, 2018HDFS graduate students will host a two-day virtual conference, “Collaboration in the Human Sciences: Moving from Theory to Practice in Local... Read More