Human Development and Family Studies, B.S. (Capital)

Program Code: HFSCA_BS

Entrance to Major

In order to be eligible for entrance to this major, a student must:

  1. attain at least a C (2.00) cumulative grade-point average for all courses taken at the University; and
  2. have third-semester classification.

READ SENATE POLICY 37-30: ENTRANCE TO AND CHANGES IN MAJOR PROGRAMS OF STUDY

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies, a minimum of 120 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Electives 3-5
Requirements for the Major 73-76

3-4 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes 3-4 credits of General Education GQ courses.

Per Senate Policy 83.80.5, the college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of coursework in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. HDFS requires students to complete 24 credits for the major through courses taken at University Park. Courses taken at other Penn State campuses may not be counted toward this 24 credit minimum. For more information, check the Recommended Academic Plan for this major.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement    

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Requirements for the Major

To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn a grade of C or better in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Common Requirements for the Major (All Options)

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
HDFS 129Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies Keystone/General Education Course3
HDFS 301Values and Ethics in Health and Human Development Professions3
HDFS 311Human Development and Family Studies Interventions3
HDFS 312WEmpirical Inquiry in Human Development3
HDFS 315Family Development 13
HDFS 418Family Relationships3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
STAT 200Elementary Statistics Keystone/General Education Course3-4
or EDPSY 101 Analysis and Interpretation of Statistical Data in Education Keystone/General Education Course
Select 6 credits of the following:6
Infant and Child Development Keystone/General Education Course
Adolescent Development Keystone/General Education Course
Adult Development and Aging Keystone/General Education Course
Select 3 credits of United States Cultures 23
Requirements for the Option
Select an option43-45

Requirements for the Option

Life Span Human Services Option (43-45 credits)

Available at the following campuses: Altoona, Brandywine, DuBois, Fayette, Harrisburg, Mont Alto, Scranton, Shenango, University Park, World Campus, York

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
HDFS 411The Helping Relationship3
HDFS 414Resolving Human Development and Family Problems3
HDFS 455Development and Administration of Human Services Programs3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 3 credits of the following:3
Infant Development
Advanced Child Development
Developmental Transition to Adulthood
Development Throughout Adulthood
Select 6 credits from 300- or 400-level HDFS courses6
Select 13-15 credits in one of the following:13-15
Approved field practice in a human service setting:
Introduction to Internship Experience
Internship: Advanced Experience
Internship: Advanced Project
Approved group project or field practice in human service setting:
Project Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation in the Human Services
Human Services Seminar
Professional Practicum in Human Services
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 12 credits (minimum of 6 credits at the 400 level) in consultation with adviser from University-wide offerings that develop competency in the option (a grade of C or better is required in any HDFS course taken to satisfy this requirement)12
Life Span Developmental Science Option (45 credits)

Available at the following campuses: Altoona, Brandywine, DuBois, Fayette, Mont Alto, Scranton, Shenango, University Park, York

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
HDFS 494Research Project6
or HDFS 494H Senior Honors Thesis
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 6 credits of the following:6
Infant Development
Advanced Child Development
Developmental Transition to Adulthood
Development Throughout Adulthood
Select 15 credits (minimum of 9 credits at the 400-level) from HDFS courses15
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 18 credits (minimum of 9 credits at the 400 level) in consultation with adviser from University-wide offerings that develop competency in option (a grade of C or better is required in any HDFS course taken to satisfy this requirement)18

Program Learning Objectives

  1. HDFS students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the complexity of individual and family development across the life span in diverse contexts and changing environments.
    1. Summarize, critique, and apply theories and concepts related to individual and family development from a multi-disciplinary, life-cycle perspective;
    2. Articulate how biology, psychology, and history influence diversity in individual and family structures and functions in a social/cultural context.
  2. HDFS students will be able to demonstrate the ability to evaluate and apply theory and research to practice and policy.
    1. Demonstrate an understanding of the contribution of original research in human development;
    2. Integrate and apply the findings of empirical research within a theoretical framework to human development;
    3. Explain the strengths and weaknesses of various research methods in assessing human behavior;
    4. Apply research skills in order to better understand in the use of research in agency practice;
    5. Explain the process of planning and conducting research, including the role of the IRB;
    6. Demonstrate skills to analyze and interpret data;
    7. Apply theories to identify and resolve problems.
  3. HDFS students will demonstrate the ability to analyze processes, policies, and contextual factors that affect the delivery of human services to individuals and families.
    1. Demonstrate knowledge of history and policies for ethical conduct in the delivery of human services;
    2. Examine environmental factors shaping individual and family interventions (such as political, social, economic, cultural, and technological);
    3. Demonstrate an understanding of community-based programs and services;
    4. Understand and articulate individual and family needs and roles of human service organizations in fulfilling those needs;
    5. Demonstrate knowledge of HIPAA regulations;
    6. Develop a working knowledge of and ability to evaluate community-based programs and services
  4. HDFS students will demonstrate professional ethical and culturally sensitive standards of conduct.
    1. Articulate understanding of theories, skills, and competencies of an effective helper;
    2. Demonstrate knowledge of the main ethical, legal, clinical, professional  and personal issues and challenges involved in the helping professions;
    3. Demonstrate knowledge of informed consent for working with diverse groups of clients;
    4. Understand and apply ethical decision making models;
    5. Understanding how personal values and experiences influence one’s ability to make professional decisions;
    6. Recognize stereotypical and prejudicial language and attitudes and their impact on the helping relationship.
  5. HDFS students will demonstrate knowledge and competence in helping, leadership, and administrative human service skills.
    1. Demonstrate knowledge of management in human services and how to apply appropriate practices;
    2. Demonstrate professional written, oral and technology assisted communication skills;
    3. Demonstrate clinical, interactional, and practical skills used in human service professions;
    4. Identify the different organizational needs of public, private-for-profits, and private-not-for-profit agencies.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

Harrisburg

Barbara E. Carl, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator
Olmsted Building W314
Middletown, PA 17057
717-948-6386
bec109@psu.edu

Altoona

Lauren P. Jacobson
Assistant Teaching Professor, Human Development and Family Studies
Hawthorn Building 123
3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601
814-949-5333
lpj100@psu.edu

Brandywine

Jennifer Zosh
Associate Professor Human Development and Family Studies
25 Yearsley Mill Road
Media, PA 19063
610-892-1438
jmz15@psu.edu

DuBois

Jessica Clontz
Lecturer
1 College Place
DuBois, PA 15801
814-375-4833
jlb5810@psu.edu

Fayette

Elaine Barry
Associate Professor
2201 University Drive
Lemont Furnace, PA 15456
724-430-4284
esb12@psu.edu

Mont Alto

Robin Yaure
Associate HDFS Professor and Program Coordinator of HDFS & Psychology
112 Weistling Hall
Mont Alto, PA 17237
717-749-6210
r2y@psu.edu

Scranton

Janet Melnick
Associate Teaching Professor
111B Dawson Building
Dunmore, PA 18512
570-963-2674
jam81@psu.edu

Shenango

Roxanne Atterholt
Instructor
147 Shenango Avenue
102 McDowell Hall
Sharon, PA 16146
724-983-2953
rxa32@psu.edu

University Park

Sarah Krupp
Academic Adviser
119 Health and Human Development Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-864-1744
seg143@psu.edu

World Campus

Undergraduate Academic Advising
301 Outreach Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-3283
advising@outreach.psu.edu

York

JeanMarie St.Clair-Christma, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor in HDFS / Field Coordinator
15 Romano Adminstration Building
York, PA 17403
717-771-4161
jxs176@psu.edu

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2020-21 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

Harrisburg Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HDFS 129*3General Education Course3
ENGL 15 or ENGL 303General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course3CAS 1003
Quantification 3STAT 200, PSYCH 200, or EDPSY 101 (GQ)*†4
 15 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HDFS 229, 239, or 249N (GS)*3HDFS 229, 239, or 249N*3
General Education Course3HDFS 301*3
HDFS - Cultures Requirement (US)3HDFS 315 (US)*3
Supporting Course*#3ENGL 202A (GWS)3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 15 16.5
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HDFS 311*3HDFS 428, 429, 433, or 445*3
HDFS 312W*3HDFS 414*3
HDFS 300-400 level course (HDFS 395 recommended)*3HDFS 455*3
Supporting course*#3HDFS 300-400 level course3
General Education Course3Supporting course 400-level*3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HDFS 401* 23HDFS 402*4
HDFS 411*3HDFS 495C*8
HDFS 418* 13 
Supporting course 400-level*3 
Elective3 
 15 12
Total Credits 119.5

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Advising Notes

  • GWS, GQ, GA, GH, GS, GN and GHW are codes used to identify General Education requirements.
  • US, IL, and US;IL are codes used to designate courses that satisfy University United States/International Cultures requirements. All students are required to take one IL and one US course before graduation. A course designated as US;IL may be used as a US or an IL, not both.
  • W suffix signifies the course satisfies the University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

Program Notes

Students must complete a 3-credit course in “United States Cultures (US)” and a 3-credit course in “International Cultures (IL).”

Career Paths

The demand for HDFS graduates is strong because the HDFS major provides students with a valuable foundation for understanding important social trends: The population of older people is growing, and the number of trained persons who can provide help and assistance to them falls far short of the need; Social problems such as child abuse and drug and alcohol problems affect many individuals and families; Young adults face many social and economic pressures that can lead to problems in work and relationships.

Careers

Many HDFS graduates go directly to the workplace based on their understanding of people, their knowledge of group dynamics, and their skills in training and in program development and evaluation. Many positions are in human services and health care settings while others are in business and industry: Assisted living, adult day services and nursing homes Day-care centers and preschools Drug and alcohol treatment centers and hospitals Child and domestic abuse centers and runaway shelters Human resources or marketing departments of large companies Development/fundraising for educational or nonprofit organizations.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS FOR GRADUATES OF THE HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY STUDIES PROGRAM

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

The HDFS major is also excellent preparation for graduate school in the social, behavioral, and health sciences. In recent years, our majors have pursued graduate studies in: Counseling (e.g., school counseling, counseling psychology) Social work Health professions (e.g., nursing, occupational therapy, medicine) Psychology and Human Development & Family Studies Elementary and Secondary Education Law and Business.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADUATE STUDIES

Contact

Harrisburg

SCHOOL OF BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES AND EDUCATION
Olmsted Building, W314
717-948-6059
dlk33@psu.edu

https://harrisburg.psu.edu/behavioral-sciences-and-education/human-development-and-family-studies/bachelor-science-human-development-and-family-studies

Altoona

DIVISION OF EDUCATION, HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
Hawthorn Building 123
3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601
914-949-5333
lpj100@psu.edu

http://altoona.psu.edu/academics/bachelors-degrees/human-development-family-studies/request-information

Brandywine

25 Yearsley Mill Road
Media, PA 19063
610-892-1438
jmz15@psu.edu

http://brandywine.psu.edu/human-development-and-family-studies

DuBois

1 College Place
DuBois, PA 15801
814-375-4833
jlb5810@psu.edu

http://dubois.psu.edu/human-development-and-family-studies-0

Fayette

2201 University Drive
Lemont Furnace, PA 15456
724-430-4284
esb12@psu.edu

http://fayette.psu.edu/human-development-and-family-studies-bs

Mont Alto

112 Wiestling Hall
Mont Alto, PA 17237
717-749-6210
r2y@psu.edu

https://montalto.psu.edu/academics/bachelors/human-development-family-studies-degree

Scranton

111B Dawson Building
Dunmore, PA 18512
570-963-2674
jam81@psu.edu

http://worthingtonscranton.psu.edu/human-development-family-studies

Shenango

147 Shenango Avenue
102 McDowell Hall
Sharon, PA 16146
724-983-2953
rxa32@psu.edu

http://shenango.psu.edu/hdfs

University Park

DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY STUDIES
119 Health and Human Development Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-8000
HDFSinfo@psu.edu

https://hhd.psu.edu/hdfs

World Campus

DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY STUDIES
119 Health and Human Development Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-8000
sac301@psu.edu

https://www.worldcampus.psu.edu/degrees-and-certificates/human-development-and-family-studies-bachelors/overview

York

15 Romano Administration Building
York, PA 17403
717-771-4161
jxs176@psu.edu

http://york.psu.edu/academics/baccalaureate/human-development-and-family-studies