What will I learn?

Students majoring in human development and family studies have a genuine concern for children and families and seek the challenge of helping people learn, solve life problems and successfully interact with others. Students gain an understanding of the development of the family system and the dynamics of family relationships. The major in human development and family studies provides an understanding of growth and development throughout the lifespan. Following are descriptions of the concentrations available to HDFS majors, including courses required in each concentration. There are also recommended elective courses to enhance the various programs of study. A list of these courses is available from the student’s departmental advisor.

Degree Options

A student majoring in human development and family studies graduates with a bachelor of science degree in human environmental sciences. Students may continue their education and pursue a Master of Science in Human Environmental Sciences. Some students move to one of our collaborative doctoral programs in education or psychology.

Concentrations

Concentration in Family Life Education and Advocacy

The concentration in family life education and advocacy provides an understanding of the development of the family system, the dynamics of family relationships and their bidirectional influence on family members. Students who earn a grade of C or better in each course in the program are eligible to apply for certification as a family life educator by the National Council on Family Relations. This concentration prepares students to plan and implement programs in parent education, relationship/marriage education and human sexuality education. Graduates work in a variety of settings, such as industry, family service agencies, mental health agencies, churches, nursing homes and schools. This concentration currently does not lead to certification.

Concentration in Adolescence and Youth Development

The adolescence and youth development concentration is planned for students who are interested in the growth and development of adolescents and youth within the family, peer, school contexts and community. The goal of this concentration is to prepare students for work in a variety of settings, including community-based programs, home-based programs and mental-health agencies. Additionally, this concentration provides the necessary background for students interested in pursuing graduate studies in adolescence and youth development.

Concentration in Child Life

The child life concentration is planned for students who wish to study and work with children and youth in health care settings. The curriculum consists of a comprehensive foundation of courses related to the growth and development of the healthy child as well as children with illnesses. Through specific courses, students participate in laboratory and practicum experiences with children. These experiences, along with the theoretical information, provide a foundation necessary for working with hospitalized children and their families.

Concentration in Child Development Practitioners

The Child Development Practitioners concentration is solely for those who work in Head Start agencies. The concentration provides an understanding of the growth and development of children from birth to eight years of age and prepares students to guide children through one of the most important developmental stages. Students will learn how to design, implement and evaluate programs for children in preschool programs. The knowledge and skills students gain through this program prepare then to teach children and families to solve life problems and successfully interact with others.

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Which department am I in?

College of Human Environmental Sciences

Study options

Full Time (No fewer than 120 credits)

Tuition fees
US$30,250.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

19 August 2020

Venue

College of Human Environmental Sciences

Doster Hall,

729 Colonial Drive,

TUSCALOOSA,

Alabama,

35487, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students completing a high school diploma equivalent to U.S degree.

For international students

Students completing a high school diploma equivalent to U.S degree.

International applicants must submit an official qualifying English Proficiency test score:

TOEFL iBT score of 79 and above

TOEFL paper-based score of 550 and above

IELTS score of 6.0 or above

Pearson’s Test of English score of 54 or above

Duolingo English Test score of 51 or above

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