The Department of Human Development and Family Studies

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Committed To Teaching Excellence and Cutting-Edge Research

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies houses a diverse collection of scholars with content expertise in family interactions and human development in a variety of settings. This interdisciplinary approach to the study of human interactions provides excellent training at both the undergraduate and graduate levels of education.


Alumni Spotlight: Brenna Merrill

Brenna Merrill is an HDFS graduate making a difference in global humanitarian efforts as a Data Analyst for the Humanitarian Division of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Alumni Spotlight: McKenzie Walsh

McKenzie Walsh, a 2017 HDFS graduate, has embarked on a fulfilling career as a Certified HUD Housing Counselor at USU Extension in Salt Lake County. Drawing on the comprehensive knowledge gained from completing the family finance emphasis, McKenzie dedica...

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