Rachel Razza, Chair
144D White Hall
Matthew Mulvaney, Undergraduate Program Director
144C White Hall
Colleen Cameron, Catherine Garcia, Chandice Haste-Jackson, Ashleigh Jones, Eunjoo Jung, Ambika Krishnakumar, Gabriel Joey Merrin, Matthew Mulvaney, Kamala Ramadoss, Rachel Razza, Jaipaul L. Roopnarine, Merril Silverstein, Sara Vasilenko
Kathy Rainone, Administrative Assistant
Emily Williams, Internship Coordinator
The Department of Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) is a dynamic interdisciplinary department that is informed by research and theory from the fields of anthropology, psychology, sociology, public policy, and education. We take a cross-cultural and life-span approach to the study of development across communities and contexts (e.g., families, schools, work, and hospitals). HDFS provides numerous opportunities for diverse career paths and advanced degree options. HDFS graduates are prepared to pursue careers as service providers, program administrators, human resource specialists in governmental and nongovernmental agencies serving children, youth, adults, and families. Additionally, graduates may work as advocates and researchers in educational institutions, health services, counselling, and family intervention programs. HDFS is a popular major for students interested in careers in law, medical or health related fields.
Our 124 credit B.S. degree program provides students with a broad foundation covering a range of issues focusing on the healthy development of children, youth, adults, and families across cultural contexts. The department also offers minors in Gerontology, Human Development and Family Science, Child and Family Policy, and Mindfulness and Contemplative Studies.