Human development and family science students acquire a broad knowledge of human development, family development and family systems in preparation for working with people and communities in a variety of career fields ranging from local organizations, to non-profit, to government agencies.
A minimum of 120 semester hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree as specified in the “University Core Curriculum” in the Academics section of this catalog and the College of Education requirements.
Educational psychology core, 42 hours
It is recommended that students enroll in HDFS 1013, HDFS 1023, HDFS 2013, and HDFS 2042 during their year in the program.
Students must also complete course requirements for a concentration, chosen with the advice of a faculty member within the program area. Concentrations are available in Community and Family Services or Individual and Family Development across the Lifespan .
Community and Family Services, 21 hours
- HDFS 3213 - Infant and Toddler Intervention and Education
- HDFS 4253 - Administration of Programs for Children, Youth and Families
- HDFS 4413 - Family Life Education
- PADM 3010 - Foundations of Philanthropy and Nonprofits
- SOWK 4700 - Child Welfare Practice and Services
TWO upper-level electives from the following departments/programs: AGER, ANTH, ASLP, COUN, EDSP, HDFS, HSML, PADM, PSYC, RHAB, SOCI, SOWK, WGST.
To complete the minimum of 120 hours for the degree.
- A minimum grade of C is required in each course in the major; a minimum GPA of 2.50 in the major, 2.0 GPA in UNT courses and 2.0 overall GPA is required for graduation (overall GPA includes all course work transferred in addition to those taken at UNT).
- Students who are interested in research and preparing for graduate studies are advised to take a research practicum and complete a senior thesis. Any student who is interested in research should meet with a faculty advisor early in the program to plan an appropriate minor and electives and to seek approval for choosing a senior thesis.
- Students majoring in human development and family science must contact the Student Advising Office, Matthews Hall, Room 105, to prepare their degree audits.
Include one 3-hour unpaid internship (HDFS 4023) related to the student’s selected emphasis area (see below). Students must complete a minimum of 150 clock hours to meet this requirement. Some students may be required to complete a second internship. Students should have senior status and have completed HDFS 4011 before beginning the internship. Liability insurance is required for all internship students. Permission to enroll in an internship and approval of the internship site are required. Students must have completed the following courses to be eligible for enrollment in internships related to:
Infants or toddlers
Teaching young children (2 years–8 years)
School-age care and programming
Administration and/or parent/family life education
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