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B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies

The Human Development and Family Studies major at Colorado State University is an interdisciplinary major focusing on the development of individuals across the lifespan, within the context of family and culture.

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Full-time Duration: 4 years
Starting in: January, August
Tuition Fee: $31,712 per year
Location: Fort Collins, CO, United States / Online

Students in the Human Development and Family Studies major at Colorado State University complete foundational coursework in human development (i.e., infancy and childhood, adolescence, emerging and young adulthood, middle and later adulthood/aging) and in the area of family studies.

Students study theory and innovative research in the field and learn to identify diverse factors influencing cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development across the lifespan.

A hallmark of the HDFS degree program is participation in a semester-long internship during which students apply knowledge and skills acquired in foundational course work and gain valuable experience in their professional field.

Potential Occupations

Graduates with a major in HDFS are prepared to work in a range of human service sector settings including youth services organizations; early childhood, elementary, adolescent, and parent education programs; health-care settings; juvenile and adult corrections and criminal justice; family and community services; and programs serving older adults, including long-term care facilities.

HDFS graduates are also well prepared to pursue graduate degrees in mental health, behavioral and social sciences, education, health and medicine, policy and public health, and other professional programs. Students interested in teaching human development and family studies content at the secondary level should explore the interdepartmental Major in Family and Consumer Sciences, Education Concentration.

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Concentrations

  • Early Childhood Professions Concentration
  • Human Development and Family Studies Concentration
  • Leadership and Entrepreneurial Professions Concentration
  • Pre-Health Professions Concentration
  • Prevention and Intervention Sciences Concentration

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