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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
  • Family Life Education
  • 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 within society.

Students majoring in HDFS have three options: adult development and aging; child and adolescent development; and family science. Each of these options can be completed by itself or can be paired with another degree in one of our dual degree programs. Child development can be paired with elementary education, and family science and adult development and aging can be paired with social work. Information on these dual degree programs is on a separate fact sheet. Each of these options can also be combined with a master’s degree program in one of our combined/accelerated master’s programs. Child and adolescent development can be combined with the master’s program in youth development; family science can be combined with the master’s program in family financial planning; and adult development and aging can be combined with the master’s program in gerontology. Information on these combined/accelerated degree programs is on a separate sheet.

Courses in the program 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, Adults and Families -- community service worker, outreach worker, parent educator, gerontology outreach, extension agent, or financial counselor to name a few.

Support Service to Children, Adults 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, and family life education are some examples.

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, child and human development, or as a child life specialist. 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.

Certification

Upon completing this program, students are eligible for certification to teach grades 1 through 6. The program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

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, research labs, 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.

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.

Sample Curriculum

Credits

General Education

_________________________________________________________________

 

Communication

3

       COMM 110 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3

       ENGL 110 - College Composition I

3

       ENGL 120 - College Composition II

3

       Upper Division Writing

 

Quantitative Reasoning

3

       STAT 330 - Introductory Statistics

 

Science & Technology

3

       CSCI 114 - Microcomputer Packages or

      CSCI 116 - Business Use of Computers

6-7

       Science and Technology Electives

6

Humanities & Fine Arts

 

Social & Behavioral Sciences

3

       PSYC 111 - Introduction to Psychology

3

       SOC 110 - Introduction to Sociology

2

Wellness

 

Cultural Diversity

-

       HDFS 475 - Children and Families Across Cultures

-

Global Perspective

39

TOTAL

Credits

College/Department Requirements

_________________________________________________________________

1

HD&E 320 - Professional Issues

1

TOTAL

Credits

Major Requirements Child and Adolescent Development Option

_________________________________________________________________

1

HDFS 110 - Introduction to Human Development and

      Family Science

3

HDFS 135 - Family Science

3

HDFS 230 - Life Span Development

3

HDFS 250 - Introduction 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

5

Field Experience

9

HDFS Electives

39

TOTAL

Credits

Major Requirements Family Science Option

_________________________________________________________________

1

HDFS 110 - Introduction to Human Development and

      Family Science

3

HDFS 135 - Family Science

3

HDFS 230 - Life Span Development

3

HDFS 242 - Couples, Marriages and Families

3

HDFS 250 - Introduction to Research Methods

      in HDFS

3

HDFS 353 - Children, Families and Public Policy

3

HDFS 357 - Personal and Family Finance

3

HDFS 462 - Methods of Family Life Education

3

HDFS 475 - Children and Families Across Cultures

5

Field Experience

9

HDFS Electives

39

TOTAL

Credits

Major Requirements Adult Development and Aging

_________________________________________________________________

1

HDFS 110 - Introduction to Human Development

      and Family Science

3

HDFS 135 - Family Science

3

HDFS 230 - Life Span Development

3

HDFS 250 - Introduction to Research Methods

      in HDFS

3

HDFS 353 - Children, Families and Public Policy

3

HDFS 360 - Adult Development and Aging

3

HDFS 475 - Children and Families Across Cultures

3

HDFS 480 - Community Resources of Later Life

3

HDFS 481 - Gender and Aging

3

HDFS 482 - Family Dynamics of Aging

5

Field Experience

9

HDFS Electives

42

TOTAL

122

Minimum Degree Credits to Graduate

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.

bulletin.ndsu.edu/undergraduate/programs/

Transferring Credits
View NDSU equivalencies of transfer courses at:

www.ndsu.edu/transfer/equivalencies

Sample Curriculum

 

Credits

General Education

______________________________________________________________________________

 

Communication

3

COMM 110 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3

ENGL 110 - College Composition I

3

ENGL 120 - College Composition II

3

Upper Division Writing

 

Quantitative Reasoning

3

MATH 104 - Finite Mathematics

 

Science & Technology

3

GEOL 105 - Physical Geology or
GEOL 106 - The Earth Through Time

3

Biology General Education Course

3

Chemistry or Physics General Education Course

1

Co-Requisite Lab

 

Humanities & Fine Arts

3

HIST 103 - U.S. to 1877 or
HIST 104 - U.S. Since 1877

3

Humanities and Fine Arts Elective

 

Social & Behavioral Sciences

3

PSYC 111 - Introduction to Psychology

3

PSYC 250 - Developmental Psychology

 

Wellness

3

HDFS 242 - Couples, Marriages and Families

 

Cultural Diversity

-

HDFS 475 - Children and Families Across Cultures

 

Global Perspective

-

GEOL 105 - Physical Geology or
GEOL 106 - The Earth Through Time

39

TOTAL

Credits

College/Department Requirements

______________________________________________________________________________

1

HD&E 320 - Professional Issues

1

TOTAL

Credits

Major Requirements

______________________________________________________________________________

3-4

CSCI 114 - Microcomputer Packages or

CSCI 116 - Business Use of Computers

2

GEOG 111 - Survey of Geography

1

HDFS 110 - Introduction to Human Development and Family Science

3

HDFS 135 - Family Science

3

HDFS 250 - Introduction to Research Methods in HDFS

3

HDFS 330 - Child Development

3

MATH 277 - Math for Elementary Teachers I

2

MATH 278 - Math for Elementary Teachers II

9

HDFS Electives

29-30

TOTAL

Credits

Professional Education Requirements

______________________________________________________________________________

2

EDUC 210 - Creative Activities

2

EDUC 240 - Educating Exceptional Students

3

EDUC 250 - Introduction to Education

3

EDUC 283 - Understanding Cultural Diversity

2

EDUC 300 - Educational Technology

3

EDUC 315 - Math in the Elementary School

3

EDUC 320 - Social Studies in the Elementary School

3

EDUC 321 - Foundations of Reading Instruction

3

EDUC 322 - Methods of Language Arts Instruction

2           

EDUC 323 - Reading in Elementary School

3

EDUC 330 - Children’s Literature

3

EDUC 350 - Elementary School Practicum and Classroom Management and
HDFS 496 - Field Experience

1

EDUC 352 - Culturally Diverse Practicum

3

EDUC 355 - Science Methods/Elementary Teachers

2

EDUC 400 - Educational Psychology

2

EDUC 450 - Trends in Assessment and Education Issues

10

EDUC 490 - Student Teaching

1

EDUC 491 - Seminar

1

HDFS 496 - Field Experience

52

TOTAL

126

Minimum Degree Credits to Graduate

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.

bulletin.ndsu.edu/undergraduate/programs/

Transferring Credits
View NDSU equivalencies of transfer courses at:

www.ndsu.edu/transfer/equivalencies

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 #2615, 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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Tel: (701) 231-8643 / Fax: (701) 231-8802
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Web: www.ndsu.edu/admission/

 

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