Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS)
The HDFS degree option within the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences provides students with a strong foundation in human development and family sciences while also allowing for a wide range of personalized electives and internship experiences. To see the courses that are required for this degree option, please view the Human Development and Family Sciences check sheet.
Upon completion of our degree program, students have the option of submitting their transcripts and materials to the National Council on Family Relationships to become a Certified Family Life Educator. Our department was the first in the nation to obtain program approval. For information on this certification, go to http://www.ncfr.org.
Students with this degree option will be prepared to work in a variety of settings serving individuals and families across the life span or to continue their education at the graduate level.
Students graduating from UW with a degree in HDFS are in demand in community settings, businesses, and organizations for their knowledge and skills in working with individuals of all ages as well as families.
Typically graduates from HDFS go on to careers in:
- Family Service Programs
- Youth Services
- School-Age Program Coordinators
- Family Policy
- Family Life Education
- Family & Youth Ministry
- Counseling (upon completion of a graduate degree)
In addition to specific courses required for the major, students can also structure their schedule to allow for a minor or area of emphasis. Possible minors include (but are not limited to): professional writing, disability studies, Spanish, psychology, early childhood, criminal justice, religious students.
HDFS students are required to participate in an internship. The HDFS internship opportunity provides hands-on experiential learning in a human services organization or agency and can also provide connections to possible jobs and careers. Every effort is made to find an internship placement that meets the unique learning goals of the student. Internships can take place in Laramie or in communities across the state or nation. In the past, students have interned at youth crisis centers, home visiting programs, aging services providers, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, family planning agencies, religious settings, homeless shelters, etc.
Each student entering the program must successfully pass a criminal background check upon declaring their major. Failure to do so will result in being dropped from the program.