Human Development and Family Studies, A.S. (University College)

Program Code: 2FSUC_AS

Program Description

This major integrates practical and academic experiences to provide the student with entry-level professional competence in the human service field. The objective of the major is to offer a general education background, a knowledge base in life span and family development, and a core of professional skills that may be applied in program planning and service delivery activities. The major is offered part-time, in the evening, and through independent learning.

Adult Development and Aging Services Option

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

This option is designed to prepare students for a wide variety of service roles in mental health facilities, nursing homes and other institutions for the aged, area agencies on aging, public welfare and family service agencies, women's resource centers, human relations programs, employee assistance programs and customer services and consumer relations programs in business and industry. An approved field experience in any of a wide variety of settings that serve adults, the aged, and their families, is required for this option.

Children, Youth, and Family Services Option

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

This option is designed to prepare students for service roles in preschools; day care centers; hospitals; institutional and community programs for emotionally disturbed, abused, or neglected children and adolescents; as well as a variety of public welfare and family service agencies. An approved field experience in a children, youth, or family services setting is required for this option.

Early Childhood Care and Education Option

Available at the following campuses: DuBois, Fayette, Shenango, York

This option is designed to increase professional capabilities in child care training in regard to issues of quality, affordability, and accessibility of programming. The primary foci are on language, literacy, and science reasoning. In the coursework, there is a blending of theory and practice that requires experience in a group setting with young children. Courses concentrate on infants and toddlers as well as older preschoolers. Each course has a strong parent/family communications component and stresses observation techniques appropriate for assessing and evaluating the development of young children.

What is Human Development and Family Studies?

Penn State's Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) program prepares students for careers across a wide range of human service, healthcare, and helping professions. The HDFS degree is grounded in research-based knowledge on the psychological, biological, social, cultural, and economic influences that impact the well-being of individuals, families, and communities across the lifespan. HDFS coursework guides students to develop skills for working with and caring for diverse individuals and groups through emphasizing mindfulness, compassion, diversity, equity, advocacy and inclusion. Students take courses on infancy, childhood, and adolescent development, transitioning and thriving in adulthood, and healthy aging. Classroom experiences are supplemented by a range of engaged learning opportunities, including internships, research participation, and community partnerships through which HDFS students acquire skills preparing them for impactful careers. The program's flexible curriculum allows academic pathways and engagement experiences to be customized to align with students’ career goals.

You Might Like This Program If...

  • You are passionate about pursuing work focused on improving the lives and wellness of individuals, families, and communities.
  • You are interested to learn about individual, family, community, and social factors influencing development as well as evidence-based practices that promote the cognitive, social, physical, and emotional well-being of children, adults, families, organizations, and communities.
  • You are enthusiastic to use flexible degree requirements and integrated opportunities to pursue career exploration, experiential and engaged learning, and skill development specialized to your specific career goals.

Entrance to Major

Students must have a minimum 2.0 GPA to change to this Associate degree after admission to the University.

Degree Requirements

For the Associate in Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies, a minimum of 60 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 21
Electives 0-3
Requirements for the Major 51-55

15 of the 21 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 6 credits of GWS courses; 3 credits of GS courses; 3 credits of GN courses; and 3 credits of GQ courses.

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
CAS 100Effective Speech3
ENGL 15Rhetoric and Composition Keystone/General Education Course3
HDFS 395Internship6
PSYCH 100Introductory Psychology Keystone/General Education Course3
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
Additional Courses
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Human Physiology Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to the Biology of Aging Keystone/General Education Course
Human Body: Form and Function Keystone/General Education Course
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
SOC 30Sociology of the Family Keystone/General Education Course (SOC 30 does not require a grade of C or better)3
or HDFS 315 Family Development
Select one of the following:3-4
Analysis and Interpretation of Statistical Data in Education Keystone/General Education Course
Statistical Concepts and Reasoning Keystone/General Education Course
Elementary Statistics Keystone/General Education Course
Requirements for the Option
Select an option21-24

Requirements for the Option

Adult Development and Aging Services Option (21 credits)

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

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
HDFS 249NAdult Development and Aging Keystone/General Education Course3
HDFS 311Human Development and Family Studies Interventions3
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 15 credits in consultation with the adviser from University-wide offerings that enhance competence in the option15
Children, Youth, and Family Services Option (24 credits)

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

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
HDFS 229Infant and Child Development Keystone/General Education Course3
HDFS 239Adolescent Development Keystone/General Education Course3
HDFS 311Human Development and Family Studies Interventions3
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 15 credits in consultation with the adviser from University-wide offerings that enhance competence in the option15
Early Childhood Care and Education Option (24 credits)

Available at the following campuses: DuBois, Fayette, Shenango, York

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
HDFS 229Infant and Child Development Keystone/General Education Course3
HDFS 230Overview of Curricular Practices in Early Childhood Care and Education3
HDFS 231Guidance in Early Childhood Care and Education3
HDFS 232Creativity and Play in Early Childhood Care and Education3
HDFS 233Emergent Language and Literacy: Development and Practice in Early Childhood Care and Educat3
HDFS 234Mathematics and Science Reasoning: Development and Practice in Early Childhood Care and Educat3
HDFS 311Human Development and Family Studies Interventions3
HDFS 330Observation or Experience with Children, Youth, and Families3

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 associate degree 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 and Inter-Domain courses do not meet this requirement.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 3 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 3 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 3 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 3 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 3 credits

Note: Up to six credits of Inter-Domain courses may be used for any Knowledge Domain requirement, but when a course may be used to satisfy more than one requirement, the credits from the course can be counted only once.

Exploration

  • Any General Education course (including GHW and Inter-Domain): 3 credits

University Degree Requirements

Cultures Requirement

3 credits of United States (US) or International (IL) cultures coursework are required and may satisfy other requirements

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 60 degree credits must be earned for a associates degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 60 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

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.

Program Learning Objectives

DuBois Campus

  • Understand the complexity of individual and family development across the lifespan.
  • Evaluate and apply research and theory to practice and policy.
  • Understand the processes, policies and contextual factors that affect the delivery of human services.
  • Understand the professional, ethical, and culturally sensitive standards of conduct.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and competence in helping, leadership and administrative skills.
  • Writing in APA Style.

Fayette and York Campuses

  • Understanding of the complexity of individual and family development across the lifespan in diverse contexts and changing environments:
    • Summarize and apply theories and concepts related to individual and family development from a multi-disciplinary, life-cycle perspective;
    • Articulate how biology, psychology, and history influence diversity in individual and family structures and functions.
  • Ability to apply theory and research to practice and policy:
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the contribution of original research in human development;
    • Discuss the findings of empirical research within a theoretical framework to human development; and
    • Demonstrate a beginning understanding of the process of planning and conducting research.
  • Ability to analyze processes and contextual factors that affect the delivery of human services to individuals and families:
    • Demonstrate knowledge of history and policies for ethical conduct in the delivery of human services;
    • Examine environmental factors shaping individual and family interventions (such as political, social, economic, cultural, and technological);
    • Understand and articulate individual and family needs; and
    • Demonstrate knowledge of HIPAA regulations.
  • Professional ethical and culturally sensitive standards of conduct:
    • Articulate understanding of theories, skills, and competencies of an effective helper;
    • Demonstrate knowledge of the main ethical, legal, clinical, professional  and personal issues and challenges involved in the helping professions;
    • Demonstrate knowledge of informed consent for working with diverse groups of clients;
    • Understand and apply ethical decision making models.
  • Knowledge and competence in helping, leadership, and administrative human service skills:
    • Demonstrate professional written, oral, and technology assisted communication skills;
    • Demonstrate clinical, interactional, and practical skills used in human service profession.

Mont Alto Campus

  • HDFS student 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.
  • HDFS student will be able to demonstrate the ability to evaluate and apply theory and research to practice and policy.
  • HDFS students will demonstrate the ability to analyze processes, policies, and contextual factors that affect the delivery of human services to individuals and families.
  • HDFS students will demonstrate professional ethical and culturally sensitive standards of conduct.
  • HDFS students will demonstrate knowledge and competence in helping, leadership, and administrative human service skills.
  • HDFS students will demonstrate professional written communication skills through their mastery of APA format.

Schuylkill Campus

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the complexity of individual and family development across the life span in diverse contexts and changing environments.
  • Demonstrate an ability to evaluate and apply research and theory to practice.
  • Demonstrate professional, ethical, and culturally sensitive standards of conduct.

Scranton Campus

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the complexity of individual and family development across the life span in diverse contexts and changing environments
  • Demonstrate knowledge and competence in helping, leadership, and administrative skills for human services
  • Analyze processes, policies, and contextual factors that affect the delivery of human services to individuals and families.

Shenango Campus

  • Application: Ability to apply theory and research to practice and policy.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the contribution of original research in human development;
    • Discuss the findings of empirical research within a theoretical framework to human development; and
    • Demonstrate a beginning understanding of the process of planning and conducting research.
  • Contextual Factors: Ability to analyze processes and contextual factors that affect the delivery of human services to individuals and families.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of history and policies for ethical conduct in the delivery of human services;
    • Examine environmental factors shaping individual and family interventions (such as political, social, economic, cultural, and technological);
    • Understand and articulate individual and family needs; and
    • Demonstrate knowledge of HIPAA regulations.
  • Understanding: Understanding of the complexity of individual and family development across the lifespan in diverse contexts and changing environments.
    • Summarize and apply theories and concepts related to individual and family development from a multi-disciplinary, life-cycle perspective;
    • Articulate how biology, psychology, and history influence diversity in individual and family structures and functions.

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

DuBois

Jessica Clontz, M.Ed., CRC
Assistant Teaching Professor, Human Development and Family Studies
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

Jacqueline Schwab
Associate Professor, HDFS
11 Bookstore Building
Mont Alto, PA 17237
717-749-6034
sen@psu.edu

Schuylkill

Anne Mercuri
Human Development and Family Studies Coordinator
A112 200 University Drive
Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972
570-385-6083
aem141@psu.edu

Scranton

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

Shenango

Roxanne Atterholt
Associate Teaching Professor and Program Coordinator
147 Shenango Avenue
102 McDowell Hall
Sharon, PA 16146
724-983-2953
rxa32@psu.edu

York

Amber Majeske, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
13 John J. Romano Administrative Building
York, PA 17403
717-771-4029
ajs49@psu.edu

Altoona

Lauren Jacobson
Associate Teaching Professor
123 Hawthorn Building
3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601
814-949-5333
lpj100@psu.edu

University Park

Melissa Wetzel, M.A., LPC, NCC
Academic Adviser
119 Health and Human Development Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-8000
mup874@psu.edu

World Campus

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

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2024-25 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition.

DuBois Campus

Human Development and Family Studies, A.S. at DuBois 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 1293CAS 100A3
HDFS 2393BISC 4 or BIOL 1553
ENGL 153EDPSY 1013
PSYCH 1003HDFS 229 or 249N3
General Education Course- Humanities or Arts 3Supporting Course3
 15 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HDFS 3113HDFS 3013
HDFS 315Y3HDFS 3956
Supporting Course3Supporting Course3
Supporting Course3Supporting Course3
General Education Course- Humanities or Arts3 
 15 15
Total Credits 60
*

Course requires a grade of C or better for the major

Course requires a grade of C or better for General Education

#

Course is an Entrance to Major requirement

Course satisfies General Education and degree requirement

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy Cultural Diversity 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.

General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS) requirements. Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of 'C' or better.

Advising Notes:

  • If a student wishes to enter the HDFS Baccalaureate Degree program after completing the Associate Degree, any math deficiency should be eliminated before graduating.  See your adviser.
  • If a student is planning on enrolling into the Baccalaureate Degree program, supporting courses should be chosen carefully, and in consultation with an adviser to maximize efficiency in completing the four year degree.
  • Students are required to take one US or IL course. HDFS 315Y will satisfy this requirement for the Associate Degree program. 
  • Students must earn a grade of C or better in any HDFS course that is used as a supporting course.

Fayette Campus

Children, Youth and Family Services Option: Human Development and Family Studies, A.S. at Fayette 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 or 239 (GS)†*3HDFS 129 or 229 (GS)†*3
ENGL 15 or 30H3STAT 200†*4
PSYCH 1003CAS 1003
Consultation with Adviser- Option Selection3Consultation with Adviser- Option Selection 3
General Education Course3Consultation with Adviser- Option Selection 3
PSU 81 
 16 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HDFS 129 or 239 (GS)*3BISC 4*†3
HDFS 301*3HDFS 311*3
HDFS 315Y*3HDFS 3956
Consultation with Adviser- Option Selection 3Consultation with Adviser- Option Selection 3
Consultation with Adviser- Option Selection 3 
General Education Course3 
 18 15
Total Credits 65
*

Course requires a grade of C or better for the major

Course requires a grade of C or better for General Education

#

Course is an Entrance to Major requirement

Course satisfies General Education and degree requirement

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy Cultural Diversity 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.

General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS) requirements. Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of 'C' or better.

Adult Development and Aging Services Option: Human Development and Family Studies, A.S. at Fayette 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†*3HDFS 249N*3
ENGL 15 or 30H3CAS 1003
PSU 81PSYCH 1003
Consultation with Adviser-Option Selection3STAT 200†*4
General Education Course3Consultation with Adviser- Option Selection3
General Education Course3 
 16 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HDFS 301*3HDFS 311*3
HDFS 315Y*3HDFS 3956
BIOL 155 or BISC 4†*3Consultation with Adviser-Option Selection3
Consultation with Adviser-Option Selection3Elective 3
Consultation with Adviser-Option Selection3 
 15 15
Total Credits 62
*

Course requires a grade of C or better for the major

Course requires a grade of C or better for General Education

#

Course is an Entrance to Major requirement

Course satisfies General Education and degree requirement

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy Cultural Diversity 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.

General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS) requirements. Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of 'C' or better.

Mont Alto Campus

Children, Youth and Family Services Option: Human Development and Family Studies, A.S. at Mont Alto 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 (GS)*3HDFS 239 (GS)* 33
HDFS 311*23HDFS 216 (Supporting Course)3
ENGL 15 or 30H3CAS 100A (GWS)3
PSYCH 100 (GS)3General Education Course (GH)3
BISC 4 or BIOL 155 (GN)3EDPSY 101, STAT 100, or STAT 200 (GQ)*†3
PSU 81 
 16 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HDFS 229* 23HDFS 315 (Y)* 3,43
HDFS 301* 23HDFS 395*4
HDFS 395* 2Supporting Course13
Supporting Course13Supporting Course13
Supporting Course13General Education Course (GA)3
 14 16
Total Credits 61
1

Supporting Courses recommendations: HDFS 312W, SOC 1, SOC 5, PSYCH courses, MATH 34, BBH 101, BBH 143, NUTR 251, WMNST courses, KINES courses, SPAN courses

2

Offered only Fall semester.

3

Offered only Spring semester.

4

Y course is writing-intensive and US Cultures course.

*

Course requires a grade of C or better for the major

Course requires a grade of C or better for General Education

#

Course is an Entrance to Major requirement

Course satisfies General Education and degree requirement

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy Cultural Diversity 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.

General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS) requirements. Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of 'C' or better.

Adult Development and Aging Services Option: Human Development and Family Studies, A.S. at Mont Alto 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 (GS)3CAS 100A3
HDFS 311*23EDPSY 101, STAT 100, or STAT 200 (GQ)*†3
ENGL 15* †3HDFS 216 (Supporting Course)3
PSYCH 100 (GS)* †3General Education Course (GH)3
BISC 4 or BIOL 155 (GN)3Supporting Course13
PSU 81 
 16 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HDFS 249N (GS)*53HDFS 315 (Y)* 3 43
HDFS 301* 23HDFS 395*4
HDFS 395*2Supporting Course13
Supporting Course13Supporting Course13
Supporting Course13General Education Course (GA)3
 14 16
Total Credits 61
1

Supporting Courses recommendations: HDFS 312W, SOC 1, SOC 5, PSYCH courses, MATH 34, BBH 101, BBH 143, NUTR 251, WMNST courses, KINES courses, SPAN courses

2

 Offered only Fall semester.

3

 Offered only Spring semester.

4

 Y course is writing-intensive and US cultures course.

5

Offered alternate odd years in the fall.

*

Course requires a grade of C or better for the major

Course requires a grade of C or better for General Education

#

Course is an Entrance to Major requirement

Course satisfies General Education and degree requirement

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy Cultural Diversity 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.

General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS) requirements. Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of 'C' or better.

Schuylkill Campus

Adult Development and Aging Services Option: Human Development and Family Studies, A.S. at Schuylkill 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
ENGL 15 or 30H†‡ 3CAS 100A†‡3
HDFS 129*3Consultation with Adviser Selection3
BISC 4, BIOL 141, or BIOL 1553Consultation with Adviser Selection3
Humanities (GH)3HDFS 249N*3
Arts (GA)3PSYCH 1003
 15 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HDFS 315Y*3HDFS 301*3
EDPSY 101 or STAT 200*†‡3-4HDFS 311*3
Consultation with Adviser Selection3HDFS 395*6
Consultation with Adviser Selection3Consultation with Adviser Selection3
Elective3 
 15-16 15
Total Credits 60-61
*

Course requires a grade of C or better for the major

Course requires a grade of C or better for General Education

#

Course is an Entrance to Major requirement

Course satisfies General Education and degree requirement

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy Cultural Diversity 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.

General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS) requirements. Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of 'C' or better.

Children, Youth and Family Services Option: Human Development and Family Studies, A.S. at Schuylkill Campus

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15 or 30H† ‡3CAS 100A†‡3
HDFS 129*3HDFS 229*3
BISC 4, BIOL 141, or BIOL 1553PSYCH 1003
Humanities (GH)3Consultation with Adviser Selection3
Arts (GA)3Consultation with Adviser Selection3
 15 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HDFS 315Y*3HDFS 301*3
HDFS 239*3HDFS 311*3
EDPSY 101 or STAT 200*†‡3-4HDFS 395*6
Consultation with Adviser Selection3Consultation with Adviser Selection3
Consultation with Adviser Selection3 
 15-16 15
Total Credits 60-61
*

Course requires a grade of C or better for the major

Course requires a grade of C or better for General Education

#

Course is an Entrance to Major requirement

Course satisfies General Education and degree requirement

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy Cultural Diversity 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.

General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS) requirements. Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of 'C' or better.

Scranton Campus

Adult Development and Aging Option: Human Development and Family Studies, A.S. at Scranton 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
ENGL 153CAS 100A3
HDFS 129* 3EDPSY 101 or STAT 200*†3-4
PSYCH 1003Supporting Course3
BISC 43Supporting Course3
Supporting Course3General Education3
 General Education (US/IL)3
 15 18-19
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HDFS 249N*3HDFS 311* 3
HDFS 301* 3HDFS 312W3
HDFS 315* 3HDFS 3956
Supporting Course3Any General Education Elective3
Supporting Course3 
 15 15
Total Credits 63-64
*

Course requires a grade of C or better for the major

Course requires a grade of C or better for General Education

#

Course is an Entrance to Major requirement

Course satisfies General Education and degree requirement

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy Cultural Diversity 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.

General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS) requirements. Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of 'C' or better.

Advising Notes:

  • Courses required for the 2FSCC degree apply to the HDFS baccalaureate degree program.
  • Students selecting a GH course or supporting course are encouraged to schedule a course with the US or IL designation.
  • Students selecting a GQ course are encouraged to check with an adviser for appropriate math entrance requirements.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to take HDFS 312W, but if not taken it needs to be replaced with another writing across the curriculum course and another supporting course must be taken.
  • Students should consult with their advisers concerning appropriate supporting courses.
  • This is a recommended plan and is not meant to substitute for students meeting with their academic advisers. Any deviations from this plan should be discussed with students' academic advisers.

Children, Youth and Family Services Option: Human Development and Family Studies, A.S. at Scranton 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
ENGL 153CAS 100A3
HDFS 129* 3EDPSY 101 or STAT 200*†3-4
PSYCH 1003HDFS 239*3
BISC 43Supporting Course3
Supporting Course3General Education3
 15 15-16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HDFS 229*3HDFS 311* 3
HDFS 301* 3HDFS 312W3
HDFS 315* 3HDFS 3956
Supporting Course3Supporting Course3
Supporting Course3Any General Education Elective3
General Education (US/IL)3 
 18 18
Total Credits 66-67
*

Course requires a grade of C or better for the major

Course requires a grade of C or better for General Education

#

Course is an Entrance to Major requirement

Course satisfies General Education and degree requirement

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy Cultural Diversity 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.

General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS) requirements. Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of 'C' or better.

Advising Notes:

  • Courses required for the 2FSCC degree apply to the HDFS baccalaureate degree program.
  • Students selecting a GH course or supporting course are encouraged to schedule a course with the US or IL designation.
  • Students selecting a GQ course are encouraged to check with an adviser for appropriate math entrance requirements.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to take HDFS 312W, but if not taken it needs to be replaced with another writing across the curriculum course and another supporting course must be taken.
  • Students should consult with their advisers concerning appropriate supporting courses.
  • This is a recommended plan and is not meant to substitute for students meeting with their academic advisers. Any deviations from this plan should be discussed with students' academic advisers.

Shenango Campus

Adult Development and Aging Services Option: Human Development and Family Studies, A.S. at Shenango 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
ENGL 15†‡3Art Elective (GA)3
HDFS 129*3Consult with an Adviser3
Humanities Elective (GH)3Consult with an Adviser3
Consult with an Adviser3HDFS 249N*3
Consult with an Adviser3PSYCH 1003
 15 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CAS 100A3BISC 4 or BIOL 1553
HDFS 301*3HDFS 3956
HDFS 311*3Consult with an Adviser3
HDFS 315Y*3STAT 2004
Consult with an Adviser3 
 15 16
Total Credits 61
*

Course requires a grade of C or better for the major

Course requires a grade of C or better for General Education

#

Course is an Entrance to Major requirement

Course satisfies General Education and degree requirement

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy Cultural Diversity 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.

General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS) requirements. Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of 'C' or better.

Program Notes

Students must complete a 3-credit course in "United States Cultures (US)" or a 3-credit course in "International Cultures (IL)."

Children, Youth and Family Services Option: Human Development and Family Studies, A.S. at Shenango 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
ENGL 15‡†3Art Elective (GA)3
HDFS 129*3Consult with an Adviser*3
Humanities Elective (GH)3HDFS 301*3
Consult with an Adviser3HDFS 229*3
Consult with an Adviser3PSYCH 1003
 15 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CAS 100A3BISC 4 or BIOL 1553
HDFS 239*3HDFS 3956
HDFS 311*3Consult with an Adviser3
HDFS 315Y*3STAT 200*‡4
Consult with an Adviser3 
 15 16
Total Credits 61
*

Course requires a grade of C or better for the major

Course requires a grade of C or better for General Education

#

Course is an Entrance to Major requirement

Course satisfies General Education and degree requirement

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy Cultural Diversity 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.

General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS) requirements. Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of 'C' or better.

Program Notes

Students must complete a 3-credit course in "United States Cultures (US)" or a 3-credit course in "International Cultures (IL)."

York Campus

Human Development and Family Studies, A.S. at York 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
ENGL 15 or 30H3BISC 4 or BIOL 1413
HDFS 129*3CAS 1003
PSYCH 1003Option course*6
Option course*3General Education course3
General Education course3 
 15 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HDFS 311*3HDFS 301*3
STAT 100, 200, or EDPSY 101*3-4HDFS 315Y*3
Option course*9HDFS 3956
 Option course*3
 15-16 15
Total Credits 60-61
*

Course requires a grade of C or better for the major

Course requires a grade of C or better for General Education

#

Course is an Entrance to Major requirement

Course satisfies General Education and degree requirement

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy Cultural Diversity 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.

General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS) requirements. Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of 'C' or better.

Career Paths

The Associate's Degree in HDFS provides students with a valuable foundation of skills and knowledge for pursuing entry level positions in careers focused on helping promote health and wellness across the lifespan. Many graduates of the A.S. in HDFS program also continue to pursue their B.S. in HDFS. Our A.S. degree is designed to allow for a smooth transition into the B.S. degree, after which graduates are positioned for career advancement or to work in additional areas described in the B.S. degree. HDFS Students are encouraged to customize their degree to align with their career interests.

Careers

Students graduating with their A.S. degree in HDFS pursue a range of positions in areas that include:

  • Health and Human Services (e.g. youth and family services, child advocacy, health education)
  • Early Childhood Development (e.g. early childhood education, early intervention specialist)
  • Child and Youth Services
  • Foster Care and Adoption
  • Services for Older Adults
  • Services for Individuals with Disabilities

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

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

After completing their associate's degree, many HDFS students go on to complete their Bachelor of Science degree in HDFS. This degree opens up opportunities for students to attend graduate research or professional programs in several fields, including:

  • Counseling (e.g., addiction counseling, marriage and family therapy, mental health counseling, counseling psychology, educational and vocational counseling)
  • Social Work and Public Health
  • Clinical Health Professions (e.g. psychiatry, pediatrics, adolescent medicine, family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, geriatrics, occupational therapy)
  • Program Administration and Management
  • Special Education
  • Family Law
  • Public Policy and Advocacy
  • Research (e.g., on lifespan human development, psychology, sociology, prevention)

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADUATE STUDIES

Professional Resources

Contact

DuBois

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

https://dubois.psu.edu/academics/degrees/hdfs

Fayette

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

https://fayette.psu.edu/academics/associate/assoc-human-development-and-family-studies

Mont Alto

11 Bookstore Building
Mont Alto, PA 17237
717-749-6034
sen@psu.edu

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

Schuylkill

ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
A112 200 University Drive
Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972
570-385-6083
aem141@psu.edu

https://schuylkill.psu.edu/academics/assoc-degrees/hdfs

Scranton

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

https://scranton.psu.edu/academics/degrees/associate/hdfs

Shenango

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

https://shenango.psu.edu/academics/degrees/2-year-human-development-family-studies

York

13 John J. Romano Administrative Building
York, PA 17403
717-771-4029
ajs49@psu.edu

https://www.york.psu.edu/academics/associate/human-development-and-family-studies

Altoona

DIVISION OF EDUCATION, HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
123 Hawthorn Building
3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601
814-949-5333
lpj100@psu.edu

https://altoona.psu.edu/academics/associate-degrees/human-development-family-studies

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/penn-state-online-human-development-and-family-studies-associate-in-science-degree