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  Aug 18, 2017
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

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Human Development and Family Services (A.S.)

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Program Coordinator/Contact
Jay Trenhaile, Department Head
Department of Counseling and Human Development
Wenona Hall 109/Wagner Hall 369
605-688-4190 or 688-4367

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Program Information
The Human Development and Family Services program involves the study of lifespan development in the context of family, community and society. The Human Development and Family Services major prepares students for careers assisting prevention specialists, advocates, and educators working with children and families.  Graduates will be employable in schools, hospitals, clinics, childcare facilities, and non-profit organizations. Completion of the Human Development and Family Services associate’s degree will allow students to transfer 60 credits of coursework into the B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies .

Student Learning Outcomes
Graduates with a major in Human Development and Human Services will be able to:

  • identify and describe development across the lifespan for both individuals and families.
  • recognize and explain societal issues that impact individuals, families, and communities.
  • demonstrate an appreciation and respect for diversity.
  • demonstrate ethical helping skills/human service skills.
  • analyze parental involvement and the stages of human development.
  • recognize and assess individual and family strengths and needs.

Academic Requirements
Students must receive a C or better grade in all HDFS prefix courses. 

Course Delivery Format
The program is offered at the University Center - Sioux Falls campus with courses delivered face-to-face and online.

Requirements for Human Development and Family Services Major: 60 Credits

Associate of Science

System General Education Requirements


Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Total Required Credits: 60

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