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, and 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
- Steele Symposium recognizes student research
April 10, 2017On Friday, April 21st, HDFS undergraduate and graduate students are participating in the 32nd Annual Steele Symposium. The Steele Symposium... Read More
- Dr. Bahira Trask delivers keynote at UN event
April 6, 2017On Tuesday, April 4, Dr. Bahira Trask delivered a keynote address at the United Nations headquarters in New York City.... Read More
- Greek Guest Scholars at UD April 24-28: Global Research Series and Public Forum
March 31, 2017At the end of April, HDFS is hosting two scholars from the University of Patras, Drs. Eugenia Arvanitis and Pandelis... Read More
- April interest meeting added for Tuscany study abroad
March 23, 2017On Wednesday, April 5 from 5:30-6:30pm in 220 Alison Hall, there will be an information session on the Spring 2018 study... Read More
- In Memoriam: Mary Jane Strattner-Gregory
March 21, 2017Campus remembers advocate for early childhood education Mary Jane Strattner-Gregory, associate professor emerita in the University of Delaware’s Department of Individual... Read More