The Human Development and Family Studies concentration is a general concentration available to HDFS majors who do not choose one of the more specific concentrations. This general concentration is an excellent choice for students who are interested in a lifespan or more general focus in HDFS and are not seeking the specialized training offered in the other four concentrations. Students choosing this concentration will be preparing to enter a variety of careers or graduate programs, as outlined above. The curriculum includes primarily HDFS, psychology, and social work courses as well as selected courses from other disciplines for a well-rounded and robust education in human development and family studies. By selecting this concentration, students have an opportunity to participate in a variety of experiential learning courses and internship options as they explore and prepare for their career path and additional credentialing options. Please note that the HDFS general concentration does not appear on students' transcripts.  

Learn more about the Human Development and Family Studies major on the Human Development and Family Studies website.

Effective Fall 2020 

A minimum grade of C is required in all courses used to satisfy the requirements of the Major in Human Development and Family Studies, Human Development and Family Studies Concentration. Courses used as substitutions also require a minimum grade of C.

Freshman
AUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
HDFS 101Individual and Family Development (GT-SS3)3C3
HDFS 277Introductory Seminar in HDFS 1
PSY 100General Psychology (GT-SS3)3C3
SOC 100General Sociology (GT-SS3)3C3
Select one course from the following: 3-4
Humans and Other Animals (GT-SC2)3A 
Attributes of Living Systems (GT-SC1)3A 
Arts and Humanities3B6
Diversity and Global Awareness3E3
Historical Perspectives3D3
Quantitative Reasoning1B3
 Total Credits 31-32
Sophomore
 
HDFS 310Infant and Child Development in Context 3
HDFS 311Adolescent/Early Adult Development in Context 3
HDFS 334Family and Parenthood Across the Life Cycle 3
Select one course from the following: 3
Writing Arguments (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Social Sciences (GT-CO3)2 
Select one course from the following: 3
General Statistics (GT-MA1)1B 
Introduction to Applied Statistical Methods  
Biological and Physical Sciences3A3-4
Electives 12
 Total Credits 30-31
Junior
 
HDFS 312Adult Development-Middle Age and Aging 3
HDFS 350Applied Research Methods4A3
HDFS 375Lifespan Intervention and Prevention Science 3
HDFS 402Couple and Family Studies 3
HDFS 434Risk and Resilience Across the Lifespan4B3
Select one course from the following:1 1
HDFS Professional Preparation  
HDFS Professional Development  
Human Development and Family Studies Concentration Courses (See list below) 9
Electives 5
 Total Credits 30
Senior
 
HDFS 488A1Internship: Human Development and Family Studies 5-8
HDFS 492Capstone--Evidence-Based Program Proposals4C3
Human Development and Family Studies Concentration Courses (See list below) 6
Electives2 11-14
 Total Credits 28
 Program Total Credits: 120

Human Development and Family Studies Concentration Courses

Of the required total of 15 credits, a minimum of 9 credits must be HDFS courses.  A minimum of 12 credits must be upper-division (300- to 400-level). Courses may not double-count for more than one HDFS concentration.

Select 9-15 credits from the following courses:
HDFS 201Perspectives in Gerontology3
HDFS 217Creative Experiences for Children3
HDFS 286Practicum-Professional Skills3
HDFS 315Disability across the Lifespan and Culture3
HDFS 317Disabilities in Early Childhood Education3
HDFS 318Infancy and Toddlerhood3
HDFS 332Death, Dying, and Grief3
HDFS 403Families in the Legal Environment3
HDFS 439Administration of Early Childhood Programs3
One course from the following may count:
Promoting Early Socioemotional Development
Developmental Transitions in Adolescence
Mental and Physical Health in Adulthood
Three credits from the following may count:
Campus Connections–Mentoring At-Risk Youth: Youth Mentor
Group Study: Peer Advising
Group Study: Undergraduate Outreach and Leadership
Select 0-6 credits from the following courses:
D 324Teaching Creative Movement for Children2
ETST 405Ethnicity, Class, and Gender in the U.S.3
FSHN 150Survey of Human Nutrition3
FSHN 444Nutrition and Aging1
HES 434Physical Activity Throughout the Lifespan3
IE 471Children and Youth in Global Context3
OT 355The Disability Experience in Society2
PHIL 205Introduction to Ethics3
POLS 460Public Policy Process3
PSY 252Mind, Brain, and Behavior3
PSY 310Basic Counseling Skills3
PSY 320Abnormal Psychology3
PSY 460Child Exceptionality and Psychopathology3
PSY 492ASeminar: Applied Social Psychology1-3
PSY 492BSeminar: Cognitive Psychology1-3
PSY 492CSeminar: Counseling/Clinical Psychology1-3
PSY 492DSeminar: Industrial/Organizational Psychology1-3
PSY 492ESeminar: Perceptual and Brain Sciences1-3
PSY 492FSeminar: Special Topics in Psychology1-3
SOWK 370Addictions - A Social Work Perspective3
SOWK 371ASocial Work with Selected Populations: Children and Families3
SOWK 371BSocial Work with Selected Populations: Juvenile Offenders3
SOWK 371CSocial Work with Selected Populations: Adult Offenders3
SOWK 371ESocial Work with Selected Populations: Social Gerontology3
SPCM 334Co-Cultural Communication3

Distinctive Requirements for Degree Program:
Human Development and Family Studies is an open-entry major for freshmen. For sophomores and above, students must complete and/or be enrolled in HDFS 101, PSY 100 or SOC 100 in order to declare HDFS. HDFS subject code courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Background check required prior to participating in the internship course (HDFS 488A) during the senior year. Students will complete a graduation contract with an HDFS Academic Advisor during the first two weeks of the semester in which they are graduating.

Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2) X1A3
HDFS 101Individual and Family Development (GT-SS3)X 3C3
HDFS 277Introductory Seminar in HDFS X 1
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Historical Perspectives  3D3
Quantitative Reasoning  1B3
 Total Credits   16
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
PSY 100General Psychology (GT-SS3) X3C3
SOC 100General Sociology (GT-SS3) X3C3
Select one course from the following:   3-4
Humans and Other Animals (GT-SC2) X3A 
Attributes of Living Systems (GT-SC1) X3A 
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Diversity and Global Awareness  3E3
CO 150, HDFS 277 and the AUCC 1B (Quantitative Reasoning) requirement must be completed by the end of Semester 2.X   
 Total Credits   15-16
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
HDFS 310Infant and Child Development in ContextX  3
HDFS 334Family and Parenthood Across the Life Cycle X 3
Biological and Physical Sciences  3A3-4
Electives   6
 Total Credits   15-16
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
HDFS 311Adolescent/Early Adult Development in Context X 3
Select one course from the following:   3
Writing Arguments (GT-CO3) X2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Social Sciences (GT-CO3) X2 
Select one course from the following:   3
General Statistics (GT-MA1) X1B 
Introduction to Applied Statistical Methods X  
Electives   6
 Total Credits   15
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
HDFS 312Adult Development-Middle Age and Aging X 3
HDFS 350Applied Research Methods X4A3
HDFS 375Lifespan Intervention and Prevention Science X 3
Human Development and Family Studies Concentration Course (See Department List on Concentration Requirements tab)   3
Elective   2
STAT 201 or STAT 301 must be completed by the end of Semester 5.X   
 Total Credits   14
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
HDFS 402Couple and Family Studies X 3
HDFS 434Risk and Resilience Across the Lifespan X4B3
Select one course from the following:   1
HDFS Professional Preparation    
HDFS Professional Development    
Human Development and Family Studies Concentration Courses (See Department List on Concentration Requirements tab)   6
Elective   3
 Total Credits   16
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
HDFS 488AInternship: Human Development and Family Studies   5-8
Human Development and Family Studies Concentration Course (See Department List on Concentration Requirements tab)   3
Electives   2-5
HDFS 350 must be completed by the end of Semester 7.X   
 Total Credits   13
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
HDFS 492Capstone--Evidence-Based Program ProposalsX 4C3
Human Development and Family Studies Concentration Course (See Department List on Concentration Requirements tab)X  3
ElectivesX  9
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   15
 Program Total Credits:   120