Courses

The Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies, Life Span Human Services option, is a 120-credit program. A grade of C or better is required in any HD FS course taken to satisfy the degree requirements. To earn this degree, you must successfully complete:

  • 27 credits prescribed courses
    • 18 credits prescribed courses for the major
    • 9 credits prescribed courses for the Life Span Human Services option
  • 36 credits additional courses
    • 13 credits for the major including Development, General Education GQ and US/IL cultures courses
    • 9 credits in 300 to 400 level HD FS courses
    • 14 credits in approved field practice
  • 12 credits supporting courses as related to the major
  • 45 credits general education (including 3 credits in electives)

Consultation with your World Campus academic adviser to help you navigate your completion of this degree is strongly recommended. 

The curriculum can help you learn how people and families change over time — biologically, psychologically, economically, and socially. You will study how family relationships, peers, social institutions (e.g., schools, work environments), income, religion, cultural background, and government policies all affect an individual's development and how interventions in these settings can facilitate growth and reduce problems in development. You will also investigate moral, ethical, and legal issues you will face as a professional, and learn to evaluate alternative approaches to promoting optimal development.

The program also provides a great stepping-stone into graduate-level studies. 

Course List - Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies 

The Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies, Life Span Human Services option, is a 120-credit program. Following is a summary list of the courses required for your successful completion of the bachelor's degree. A grade of C or better is required in any HD FS course taken to satisfy the degree requirements. Consultation with your World Campus academic adviser to help you navigate your completion of this degree is strongly recommended.

(The course list includes only courses offered by World Campus.)

Prescribed Courses (27 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies HDFS 129 Introduction to psychosocial and family development at all stages of the individual and family life cycle. 3 credits
Values and Ethics in Health and Human Development Professions HDFS 301 Examines bases for choices among values in personal and professional relations in human development processes and supporting services. 3 credits
Human Development and Family Studies Interventions HDFS 311 Survey of individual and family formal and informal intervention efforts; historical and current perspectives and approaches.

Prerequisite: HD FS 129
3 credits
Empirical Inquiry in Human Development HDFS 312W Introduction to the skills involved in critical thinking in general and the methods of empirical inquiry in particular.

Prerequisite: a grade of C or better required in EDPSY 101 or STAT 200
3 credits
Family Development HDFS 315Y Family functions over the life course; family from a multidisciplinary perspective, emphasizing adaptation and change.

Prerequisite: HD FS 129; 3 credits of social behavioral or human biological sciences
3 credits
The Helping Relationship HDFS 411 Theory and research related to interpersonal conditions which facilitate personal growth; intensive interpersonal competency training.

Prerequisite: HD FS 311; HD FS 312W; or 6 credits in human development and family studies or psychology
3 credits
Resolving Human Development and Family Problems HDFS 414 Strategies for, and roles of professional specialists in, the solution of problems in human development and family functioning.

Prerequisite: HD FS 312W; 6 credits in human development and family studies or psychology
3 credits
Family Relationships HDFS 418 Dynamics of family interaction; effects of parenthood, sibling and intergeneration relationships on family solidarity.

Prerequisite: HD FS 312W; HD FS 315Y or HD FS 315W
3 credits
Development and Administration of Human Services Programs HDFS 455 Fundamentals of program development and administration of human service programs in community settings; emphasis given to program content, strategies, and the overall planning process.

Prerequisite: HD FS 311
3 credits
Additional Courses (Select 6 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Infant and Child Development HDFS 229 Theory, research, and methods of social/behavioral/biological sciences related to developmental processes and intervention during infancy and childhood. 3 credits
Adolescent Development HDFS 239 Social, behavioral, and biological development and intervention throughout adolescence. 3 credits
Adult Development and Aging HDFS 249 Physiological, psychological, and social development and intervention from young adulthood through old age. 3 credits
Additional Course
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Elementary Statistics STAT 200 Descriptive statistics, frequency distributions, probability, binomial and normal distributions, statistical inference, linear regression, and correlation.

Prerequisite: 2 units in algebra
4 credits
Additional Courses (Select 3 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Infant Development HDFS 428 Conceptual analysis, assessment, and empirical investigation of normal and deviant development, prenatal through first two years of life.

Prerequisites: HD FS 229 or PSYCH 212; HD FS 312W
3 credits
Advanced Child Development HDFS 429 Processes of development during childhood from birth to adolescence. Emphasis on theory, method, and empirical research.

Prerequisites: HD FS 229 or PSYCH 212; HD FS 312W
3 credits
Developmental Transition to Adulthood HDFS 433 Conceptual analysis and empirical investigation of interrelationships between developmental processes during the period of pubertal growth.

Prerequisite: HD FS 239; HD FS 312W
3 credits
Development throughout Adulthood HDFS 445 Processes of development and change of behavior from early adulthood through old age, emphasizing theory, method, and empirical research.

Prerequisite: HD FS 249 or PSYCH 100; HD FS 312W or PSYCH 301W; PSYCH 200, STAT 200 or 3 credits of statistics; 6 credits in HD FS PSYCH or SOC.
3 credits
Field Practice in Human Service Setting (14 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Introduction to Internship Experience HDFS 490 Planning and preparation for field experience in human service setting. Analysis of human service system and arrangement of site.

Prerequisite: HD FS 312W; approval by internship coordinator. Prerequisite or concurrent: HD FS 411
2 credits
Internship: Advanced Experience HDFS 495A Full-time, one semester experiential training in human service settings.

Prerequisite: HD FS 490; permission of internship coordinator
9 credits
Internship: Advanced Project HDFS 495B Implementation of internship projects or scholarly paper.

Prerequisite: or concurrent: HD FS 495A
3 credits
Additional Requirements
Description Credits
General Education
(including 3 credits in electives)
45 credits
Supporting Courses and Related Areas in consultation with an adviser
(minimum of 6 credits at the 400 level)
12 credits
300- or 400-level HD FS courses 6 credits
United States Cultures 3 credits

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