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

Program Code: 2FSUC_AS

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.

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.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • 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

Foundations or Knowledge Domains

  • A General Education course selected from GWS, GQ, GN, GA, GH, or GS, and may include Integrative Studies (Inter-domain or Linked) courses: 3 credits

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.

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.

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 Speech Keystone/General Education Course3
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

Program Learning Objectives

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

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
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

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

York

Jean Marie St. Clair-Christman
Assistant Teaching Professor in HDFS / Field Coordinator
15 Romano Administration Building
York, PA 17403
717-771-4161
jxs176@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

University Park

Sarah Krupp
Academic Adviser
119 Health and Human Development Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-1744
seg143@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 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).

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 1003
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

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, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GN, GA, GH, and GS). 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

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, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GN, GA, GH, and GS). 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

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, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GN, GA, GH, and GS). 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
ENGL 15 or 30H3STAT 200 or 100 (GQ)* †3-4
PSYCH 100 (GS)3CAS 1003
BISC 4 or BIOL 155 (GN)3General Education Course (GA or GH)3
Supporting course13Supporting Course13
PSU 81 
 16 15-16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HDFS 229* 23HDFS 315 (Y)* 3,43
HDFS 301* 23HDFS 395*4
HDFS 311* 23Supporting Course13
HDFS 395* 2Supporting Course13
Supporting Course13General Education Course (GA or GH)3
 14 16
Total Credits 61-62

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, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GN, GA, GH, and GS). 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)3STAT 200 or 100 (GQ)* †3-4
ENGL 15* †3CAS 1003
PSYCH 100 (GS)* †3General Education Course (GA or GH)3
BISC 4 or BIOL 155 (GN)3Supporting Course13
PSU 81Supporting Course13
Supporting Course13 
 16 15-16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HDFS 249N (GS)*53HDFS 315 (Y)* 3 43
HDFS 301* 23HDFS 395*4
HDFS 311* 23Supporting Course13
HDFS 395*2Supporting Course13
Supporting Course13General Education Course (GA or GH)3
 14 16
Total Credits 61-62

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, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GN, GA, GH, and GS). 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†‡ 3EDPSY 101 or STAT 200* † ‡ 3
HDFS 129*3Consultation with Adviser Selection3
BISC 43Consultation with Adviser Selection3
Humanities (GH)3HDFS 249N*3
Arts (GA)3PSYCH 1003
 15 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HDFS 315Y*3HDFS 301*3
CAS 100† ‡ 3HDFS 311*3
Consultation with Adviser Selection3HDFS 395*6
Consultation with Adviser Selection3Consultation with Adviser Selection3
Elective3 
 15 15
Total Credits 60

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, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GN, GA, GH, and GS). 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† ‡3EDPSY 101 or STAT 200* † ‡ 3-4
HDFS 129*3HDFS 229*3
BISC 43PSYCH 1003
Humanities (GH)3Consultation with Adviser Selection3
Arts (GA)3Consultation with Adviser Selection3
 15 15-16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HDFS 315Y*3HDFS 301*3
HDFS 239*3HDFS 311*3
CAS 100† ‡ 3HDFS 395*6
Consultation with Adviser Selection3Consultation with Adviser Selection3
Consultation with Adviser Selection3 
 15 15
Total Credits 60-61

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, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GN, GA, GH, and GS). 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

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, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GN, GA, GH, and GS). 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

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, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GN, GA, GH, and GS). 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)3HDFS 249N*3
Consult with an Adviser3HDFS 301*3
Consult with an Adviser3PSYCH 1003
 15 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CAS 100A3BISC 4 or BIOL 1553
Consult with an Adviser3HDFS 3956
HDFS 311*3Consult with an Adviser3
HDFS 315Y*3STAT 2004
Consult with an Adviser3 
 15 16
Total Credits 61

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, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GN, GA, GH, and GS). 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*3HDFS 301*3
Humanities Elective (GH)3Consult with an Adviser3
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
Consult with an Adviser3Consult with an Adviser3
HDFS 311*3STAT 200*‡4
HDFS 315Y*3 
 15 16
Total Credits 61

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, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GN, GA, GH, and GS). 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 301*3HDFS 3956
HDFS 311*3Option course*9
HDFS 315Y3 
STAT 100, 200, or EDPSY 101*3-4 
Option course*3 
 15-16 15
Total Credits 60-61

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

Career Paths

Careers

With an associate degree in HDFS, you can work in the human services field, promoting health and preventing social and mental health problems for child, youth and families and adults and the elderly. You may also find employment in the following areas:

  • medical case worker
  • mental health worker
  • case manager
  • school support services
  • medical and public health services
  • substance abuse services

The associate degree in HDFS can also serve as a stepping stone to further education if you wish to work as a counselor or social worker.

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

Many graduates go on to earn an HDFS bachelor's degree; some eventually enroll in graduate school.

Contact

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/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

http://www.schuylkill.psu.edu/hdfs

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-associate-degree

York

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

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

Altoona

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

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

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-associates/overview