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The goal of the Human Development and Family Studies program is to provide an interdisciplinary approach to study and work with individuals and families. This program draws from theory and research that examines the process of human development across the lifespan and the dynamic interaction of family members.
Students pursuing the BS in Human Development and Family Studies gain knowledge and experience in the science of human growth and development, human interaction, and family relationships.
Graduates work in careers that promote healthy development and positive family functioning across the lifespan, such as: a Social Services Case Worker, Provider at Residential Treatment Center, Youth Organization Worker, Program Director for Youth, Family or Senior Citizen Center.
Detailed Course FactsTuition fee
- USD 7321 Year (National)
- USD 18044 Year (International)
Duration full-time 24 months Languages Take an IELTS test
Course ContentMajor Requirements
- Family Relations
- Human Development and Personality
- Childhood Credits: 3 Development of Human
- Interpersonal Communication
- Family Communication Intercultural Communication
- Human Development
- Human Development
- Professional Issues in Human Development and Family Studies
- Program Design,
- Implementation and Evaluation
- Family Theories
- Preparation for Practicum
- Family Resiliency
- Family Policy
A pre-graduation check is required by end of junior year. A Graduation Application must be completed at beginning of graduation semester. To effectively meet the wide range of professional interests of HDFS majors, students are required to develop a plan of study under the supervision of a faculty advisor. This plan should include the specification of courses within and outside of the department that are targeted to assist in the professional preparation of the student. Emphases might include a focus on areas such as: childrens services, religious services, family organizations, youth development organizations, gerontology services, families with special needs, etc. A grade of D on courses in the major cannot be counted and course must be repeated. Any required course with a department/program prefix is considered a course in the major.
No work experience is required.
- Academic Excellence Scholarship
"The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."
- Alumni Study Travel Fund
Scholarships for students who are already attending the University of Reading.
- Amsterdam Merit Scholarships
The University of Amsterdam aims to attract the world’s brightest students to its international classrooms. Outstanding students from outside the European Economic Area can apply for an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship.
* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than South Dakota State University.