Carla Anderson, Academic Advisor
Department of Counseling and Human Development
Wagner Hall 421
The goal of the B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies is to provide an interdisciplinary approach to study and work with individuals and families. This program draws from theory and research that examines the process of human development across the lifespan and the dynamic interaction of family members. Students pursuing the B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies gain knowledge and experience in the science of human growth and development, human interaction, and family relationships. Graduates work in careers that promote healthy development and positive family functioning across the lifespan, such as: a Social Services Case Worker, Provider at Residential Treatment Center, Youth Organization Worker, Program Director for Youth, Family or Senior Citizen Center.
Student Learning Outcomes
In the Human Development and Family Studies major, students will:
- Identify the effects of diverse environments on the development of individuals and families. (Cross-curricular Skill: Diversity, Inclusion and Equity)
- Apply human development and family theories and concepts to the experiences of individuals, couples, and families. (Cross-curricular Skill: Critical and Creative Thinking)
- Apply human development and family theories to explain and improve individual growth and family interaction. (Cross-curricular Skill: Problem Solving)
- Reflect on their experience of participating in community-based programs. (Cross-curricular Skill: Civic Knowledge and Engagement)
- Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills in a group setting. (Cross-curricular Skill: Teamwork)
A pre-graduation check is required by end of junior year. A Graduation Application must be completed at beginning of graduation semester. To effectively meet the wide range of professional interests of HDFS majors, students are required to develop a plan of study under the supervision of an advisor. This plan should include the specification of courses within and outside of the department that are targeted to assist in the professional preparation of the student. Emphases might include a focus on areas such as: children’s services, religious services, family organizations, youth development organizations, gerontology services, families with special needs, etc. A grade of “D” on courses in the major cannot be counted and course must be repeated. Any required course with a department/program prefix is considered a course in the major.
Course Delivery Format
Courses are delivered face-to-face with Internet supplement, online, and through clinical experience. Some courses are also offered at the Community College for Sioux Falls and the Capital University Center in Pierre.