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HDFS Department is 2020 Recipient of the Amy Rupiper Taggart Award for Excellence in Program Assessment

The Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) undergraduate program was selected for North Dakota State University’s 2020 Amy Rupiper Taggart Award for Excellence in Program Assessment.

The Assessment Award Committee chose the HDFS undergraduate program based on their persistence in implementing a holistic model for program-wide assessment, commitment to continued improvement in assessment techniques through internal and external validation, and the expert execution of a program-level curriculum mapping initiative.

Dr. Joel Hektner, HDFS department chair, said of the department’s assessment efforts, “In the spirit of continuous improvement, we should never really be finished—but we are at a place now where we can reflect on how far we’ve come.”

Read more about this prestigious award from the Office of Teaching and Learning

Undergraduate Degrees

Bachelor's Degree in Human Development and Family Science: with options in: Child and Adolescent Development, Family Science, Child Development /Elementary Education, Family Science /Social Work and Adult Development and Aging. Undergraduate information.

Graduate Programs
Graduate Degree- on campus

Ph.D. in Developmental Science

Graduate Degrees and Certificates - Online

Masters Degrees-online With options in Family Financial Planning, Gerontology and Youth Development. Online masters program!

Graduate Certificates-online: Youth Development, Youth Program Management and Evaluation, Gerontology, and Family Financial Planning with options in financial planning, and financial and housing counseling.

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