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Human Development and Family Science

Human development and family science (HDFS) provides a program of study for students interested in a variety of careers that involve work with children, adults and/or families. Students majoring in HDFS may obtain a bachelor’s degree. 

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Career Interest Areas

Career interest areas available at the undergraduate level include:

  • Adolescent Development
  • Adult Development and Aging
  • Child Development
  • Cooperative Extension Service
  • Family and Human Services
  • Family Economics
  • Financial and Consumer Literacy
  • Health Services
  • Hospital Child Life
  • Parenting and Family Life
  • Gerontology

The Program

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. 

Students majoring in HDFS have five options: child and adolescent development, family science, child development/ elementary education, adult development and aging, or family science/social work. Courses include:

  • Adolescent Development
  • Adult Development and Aging
  • Child Development
  • Children and Families Across Cultures
  • Children, Families and Public Policy
  • Introduction to Family Science
  • Issues in Human Sexuality
  • Life Span Human Development
  • Parent-Child Relations
  • Family Dynamics of Aging
  • Couples, Marriages, and Families

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. 

Career Opportunities

Career directions through HDFS can be divided into two general areas:

  • Direct Service to Children, Adult and Families -- community service worker, outreach worker, parent educator, gerontology outreach, extension agent, financial counselor, child life specialist.
  • Support Service to Children, Adult and Families -- program director for nursing or retirement facility, child care director, community and human service worker, consultant in human development, hospital-related services, researcher, child advocate, family life education.

Some of the listed careers require a planned minor or a double major. Other careers require preparations beyond the bachelor's degree level. An HDFS degree is excellent preparation for students considering graduate work in counseling, family therapy or child and human development. Study in HDFS provides course work for students interested in careers involving human relations. 

Graduates from HDFS are currently employed in a variety of careers. These include extension agent, Head Start program director, child care director, home visitor for Head Start, crisis family counselor, hospital child life specialist, family life educator, developmental disabilities worker, volunteer coordinator, parent support specialist, parent educator, financial counselor and financial planner. 

The Facilities

Facilities for the Department of Human Development and Family Science are housed in Evelyn Morrow Lebedeff Hall and the Family Life Center. Included in these buildings are classrooms, conference rooms and a child development center serving young children and their families. The department also operates the NDSU Family Therapy Center. 

Community Setting

The Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area offers a conducive 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 centers, chemical dependency treatment centers, medical facilities and welfare agencies visit classes and conduct tours to explain their programs for children and families. 

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

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, and the North Dakota Family and Consumer Sciences Association. 

Sample Curriculum

General Education Requirements

Credits

_________________________________________________________

First Year Experience

  HD&E 189 - Skills for Academic Success

1

Communication

  COMM 110 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3

  ENGL 110, 120 - College Composition I, II

3, 3

  ENGL 325 - Writing in the Health Profession or
   ENGL 358 - Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences or
    ENGL 459 - Research and Writing Grants and Proposal



3

Quantitative Reasoning

3

Science & Technology

  CSCI 114 - Microcomputer Packages or
   CSCI 116 - Business Use of Computers


3 or 4

Science and Technology Electives

7

Humanities & Fine Arts

6

Social and Behavioral Sciences

  PSYC 111 - Introduction to Psychology

3

  SOC 110 - Introduction to Sociology

3

Wellness

2

Cultural Diversity

  HDFS 475 - Children and Families Across Cultures

-

Global Perspective

-

Total

40

College/Department Requirements

Credits

_________________________________________________________

HD&E 320 - Professional Issues

1

Total

1

Major Requirements Child and
  Adolescent Development Option

Credits

_________________________________________________________

HDFS 135 - Family Science

3

HDFS 230 - Life Span Development

3

HDFS 250 - Intro to Research Methods in HDFS

3

HDFS 320 - Prenatal, Infant and Toddler Development

3

HDFS 330 - Child Development

3

HDFS 340 - Adolescent Development

3

HDFS 353 - Children, Families and Public Policy

3

HDFS 475 - Children and Families Across Cultures

3

Field Experience

5

HDFS Electives

9

Total

38

Major Requirements Family Science Option

Credits

_________________________________________________________

HDFS 135 - Family Science

3

HDFS 230 - Life Span Development

3

HDFS 242 - Couples, Marriages and Families

3

HDFS 250 - Intro to Research Methods in HDFS

3

HDFS 353 - Children, Families and Public Policy

3

HDFS 357 - Personal & Family Finance

3

HDFS 462 - Methods of Family Life Education

3

HDFS 475 - Children and Families Across Cultures

3

Field Experience

5

HDFS Electives

9

Total

38

Major Requirements Adult Development and Aging

Credits

_________________________________________________________

HDFS 135 - Family Science

3

HDFS 230 - Life Span Development

3

HDFS 250 - Intro to Research Methods in HDFS

3

HDFS 353 - Children, Families and Public Policy

3

HDFS 460 - Adult Development and Aging

3

HDFS 475 - Children and Families Across Cultures

3

HDFS 481 - Gender and Aging

3

HDFS 482 - Family Dynamics of Aging

3

Field Experience

5

HDFS Electives

9

Total

38

Curriculum Total

122

This sample curriculum is not intended to serve as a curriculum guide for current students, but rather an example of course offerings for prospective students. For the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of entrance into a program, consult with an academic advisor or with the Office of Registration and Records.

Evelyn Morrow Lebedeff Hall
Room 283


Evelyn Morrow Lebedeff Hall is located in the center of campus on Centennial Boulevard and is connected to the east end of the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Family Life Center (Campus Map)

Contact Information

Dani Kvanvig-Bohnsack, Academic Advisor
College of Human Development and Education
North Dakota State University
Dept 2600, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-9849 / Fax: (701) 231-7174
Email:Danielle.Kvanvig@ndsu.edu
Web: www.ndsu.edu/hde

or

Department of Human Development and Family Science
College of Human Development and Education
North Dakota State University
Dept 2615, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-8268 / Fax: (701) 231-9645
Web: www.ndsu.edu/hdfs/

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Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-8643 / Fax: (701) 231-8802
Email: NDSU.Admission@ndsu.edu
Web: www.ndsu.edu/admission/


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Last Updated: Thursday, September 18, 2014 10:26:50 AM