The major emphasis in HDFS programs is family and human development over the life span. Students gain an understanding of the development of children and adults and their interaction in the family and society.
The HDFS department and Minot State University's Social Work Program have teamed up for a new collaborative degree program. Students can earn an HDFS degree from NDSU, Family Science option, and a B.S.W. in Social Work from Minot State University at the same time. All courses are taught on the NDSU campus, and the total degree credits required are only 133.
- Adolescent Development
- Adult Development and Aging
- Child Development
- Children and Families Across Cultures
- Children, Families and Public Policy
- Introduction to Family Studies
- Issues in Human Sexuality
- Life Span Human Development
- Parent-Child Relations
- Risk, Resilience and Competence in Couples and Families
- Social Work
Students majoring in HDFS enroll for credit in field experience as a critical part of their program of study. The department offers opportunities to work with children, youth, adolescents, older adults and families in various settings.
Facilities for the Department of Human Development and Family Science are housed in the Evelyn Morrow Lebedeff Hall and the Family Life Center. Included in these buildings are classrooms, conference rooms and a child development laboratory serving young children and their families. The laboratory provides day care services for infants, toddlers and preschool children and is used as a training facility for HDFS students. Children between the ages of 6 weeks and 5 years are enrolled in the center. The equipment in the center is appropriate for young children and for children with special needs. The department also has a Family Therapy Center which provides services to couples and families.
EML Hall 277
1310 Centennial Blvd.
Fargo, ND 58102
the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area offers a conductive setting for study. Students have the opportunity to work in a number of community institutions serving children and families. Professionals working with the elderly, child care programs, mental health center, chemical dependency treatment center, medical facilities and welfare agencies visit classes and conduct tours to explain their programs for children and families.
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Students may enhance their involvement in the HDFS area by participating in groups such as the HDFS Club, the North Dakota Association for the Education of Young Children, Social Work Organization, and the North Dakota Family and Consumer Sciences Association.