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: Rachel Hollingsworth

Rachel Hollingsworth graduated from the HDFS program in May 2020. Drawn to the program's focus on human development and family dynamics, Rachel found her passion in supporting others' growth and development.

Alumni Spotlight: Julie Herdt

Julie's passion for HDFS blossomed after taking an introductory class. Inspired by her experience working with children with autism, she dedicated herself to learning how to best serve their needs.

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