Equity. Integrity. Community. Intentionality.
Human Development and Family Studies prepares students to understand early child development, adolescent changes, family relationships, and cultural influences as foundational to creating impactful prevention and intervention practices.
Students are taught and mentored by faculty who are nationally and internationally recognized experts.
Graduates are prepared to work in organizations serving children, adolescents, adults, and families through advocacy, strategic interventions, education practices, policy reform, and research. They graduate with leadership and research skills to improve the quality of life particularly for those managing significant challenges.
Faculty and their students study the impact of parent-infant relationships, race issues, identity development and renegotiation, aging, developmental disparities, gun violence, refugee welfare, leadership in early childhood, and family dynamics across the lifespan.
Early Childhood Development
and Education, B.S.
With two concentrations:
The Master of Science thesis program in Human Development and Family Studies prepares graduates for research positions and for advanced research study at the doctoral level.
Students pursuing a Master of Education can choose from two concentrations:
Two post-baccalaureate certificate programs are available:
The Department of Human Development and Family Studies offers an undergraduate minor as well as a doctoral minor.
Doctoral Student Disrupts the Narrative
“I have always had a heart for underserved people. I started volunteering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County the summer after eighth grade, and I’ve been invested in working with youth ever since. They tug at my heart. It feels like this is what I’m supposed to be doing.”