Welcome to Human Development and Family Science!

HDFS Department 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 Certificates

Human Development and Family Science now offers two undergraduate certificates. Students earn these certificates in conjunction with their majors and minors from any area of study.

Aging Studies - The Aging Studies undergraduate certificate enables students to learn more about current issues that affect adults as they age. 

Family Financial Planning - This certificate gives students experience in consumer issues, personal and family financial planning, and financial counseling, and are grounded in real-world, hands-on learning opportunities. Undergraduate certificate information

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 Degree information.

Graduate Degree- on campus

Ph.D. in Developmental Science

Developmental Science at NDSU is an innovative and flexible program with opportunities for both research and teaching with topics in Human Development that span the lifespan in various family, social, and cultural contexts... with research projects locally, regionally, and around the world.

Graduate Degrees and Certificates - Online

Masters Degrees-online  Our online masters program through GPIDEA has options in Family Financial Planning, Gerontology and Youth Development.

Graduate Certificates-online: Youth Development, Youth Program Management and Evaluation, Gerontology, and Family Financial Planning.

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