The bachelor of science degree in Human Development and Family Studies helps to prepare students for careers in a wide range of human services with many different groups of people and many different kinds of families. Graduates tell us that the major has prepared them well for the workplace. They are generalists who can see the big picture, but they also have the conceptual and people skills that help them succeed in their careers. To give some examples, graduates have worked in projects to prevent child abuse, elder abuse, and human trafficking. They have worked with dying patients and their families in hospices. They have served as administrators in human resources for major companies, and as directors and teachers in early childhood centers. Many work in nursing homes, preschools, child care, family and marriage clinics, drug and alcohol treatment centers, programs to help people who have developmental disabilities, and other health care facilities. They work in veterans’ services and with military families. Often our graduates continue on to graduate school in social work, health education, counseling, and law.
Each student must complete an internship in the final semester. This 480-hour, 8-credit internship provides a culminating experience requiring the student to use knowledge and skills gained throughout the course of study. In preparation for the internship, students must carry out service projects for local human service agencies; this preparation and the actual internship provide a student with much practical experience and allow exploration of possible career directions. Many students have returned from their internships with offers of employment after graduation.