The Department of Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS) is an interdisciplinary academic unit within the College of Education and Human Development that prepares undergraduate and graduate students for a career in early childhood education, family studies or human services. The applied research of our faculty and students serves to meet the needs of individuals across the lifespan, and create solutions for the great challenges of today’s world whether they exist in a small community, or on the global scale. The department’s affiliated centers provide services locally and globally in the areas of early childhood education and disability leadership.

Facts about HDFS (Fall 2018):

  • Early Childhood Education Majors: 157
  • Human Services Majors: 268
  • Human Relations Administration: 29
  • HDFS Minors: 172
  • M.S. Candidates: 24
  • Ph.D. Candidates: 18
  • Faculty Members: 30


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