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If you’re fascinated by human relationships and family interactions — and interested in a career that explores the biological, social, and external factors that impact these relationships, you’ve come to the right place.

Penn State’s undergraduate Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) program takes a uniquely multidisciplinary approach to examining how these questions reflect the complex intersection of human development and societal relationships.

One of the premier departments of its kind, this program provides unique learning and research opportunities for undergraduate students, both inside and outside of the classroom, that help shape critical thinkers, well-rounded lifelong learners, and future leaders in Human Development and Family Studies.


B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies

The HDFS major incorporates several flexible customized options and emphases into a curriculum that spans child and adolescent development, adult development and aging, biological aspects of human development, family studies, intervention research, and developmental research methods. You’ll graduate from the program prepared for either advanced study or a career working with people in a wide variety of supportive roles, ranging from developing new models to prevent and treat social and mental health problems to becoming an advocate for new social policies and programs.

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Human Development and Family Studies Minor