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Human Development and Family Science

A major in human development and family science will prepare students for a career working with people. Courses in the program focus on the development of the individual in a family context throughout the life cycle. Students will select an area of concentration or they may select the internship option with approval by supervising faculty. Graduates have a wide range of job opportunities within the helping field. Graduates work in youth programs, family social service programs,childcare programs, personal financial planning programs, 4-H and youth development programs, mental health centers, nursing homes, and churches, among others.

For more information about the major in Human Development and Family Science (HDFS), please visit the HDFS unit's website. 

Related career titles

Adoption counselor
Advocacy agent
Case manager
Childcare director
Child life specialist
Developmental specialist
Disability examiner
Family educator
Intake counselor
Juvenile services specialist
Life skills instructor
Mental health specialist
Outreach director
Personnel specialist
Recreation Worker
Rehabilitation coordinator
Service coordinator
Senior center director
Social and human service assistants
Teaching assistant
Victim assistance worker
Victim case worker
Youth services coordinator

Resources available at the Career Center*

Careers for Good Samaritans and Other Humanitarian Types
Careers for Caring People and Other Sensitive Types
Opportunities in Social Work Careers
Opportunities in Summer Camp Careers
Opportunities in Religious Service Careers
Opportunities in Counseling and Development Careers
Opportunities in Home Economics Careers

*Books are available for checkout.

Related family studies and human services links

K-State School of Family Studies and Human Services

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

American Family Therapy Academy

International Family Therapy Association

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

National Council on Aging

Gerontological Society of America

Careers in Child and Family Policy

National Council on Family Relations