Our Mission

Committed to Teaching Excellence

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies is committed to excellence in teaching and research enabling students to gain an understanding and appreciation of the complexities of individuals and families as they interact within various contexts. Students learn to address the developmental needs of individuals, families, and consumers, and to apply this knowledge in educational, organizational, and outreach programs.

Committed to Cutting-Edge Research

Faculty members conduct cutting edge basic and applied research to better understand individual development and family relationships across the life span. Of particular interest is the interplay of these processes with economic and consumer forces, societal norms, and public policies. Graduate and undergraduate students participate fully in the research enterprise. Faculty and students engage with individuals and families, as well as social agencies and organizations to enhance the quality of life through Extension and other outreach programs.