Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS)


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What is Human Development & Family Sciences?

According to the University of Arkansas's Human Development and Family Sciences department, "Increased public and private concern about individuals and families across the life span make human development and family sciences a timely major with many employment opportunities. The curriculum promotes integrated understanding of individual and family development issues. Courses emphasize life-span development. Methodologies for working with young children, family dynamics and courses emphasizing interpersonal relationships are taught along with courses in basic and applied sciences.

Child Development faculty conduct (or coordinate) the program at the Jean Tyson Child Development Study Center. The center, built in 2012, serves children between the ages of eight weeks and five years, and provides applied experience for those interested in early childhood education. In addition to many job opportunities with a 4-year degree, the human development and family sciences background will prepare you for graduate study in a variety of disciplines including human development and family sciences, marriage and family therapy, education, social work, psychology, gerontology, and law."

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Administrator Nutritionist
Career Counselor Parent-Child Educator
Child Care Program Director Patient Relations Representative
Child Development Specialist Peace Corps Representative
Child Welfare Worker Psychiatrist
Community Educator Public Policy Analyst
Community Service Director Public Relations Specialist
Counselor Researcher
Curriculum Developer Sales Manager
Customer Service Representative Social Case Worker
Early Intervention Specialist Social Worker
Family Support Specialist Special Education Teacher
Fundraiser Student Affairs Director
Genetic Counselor Teacher
Grant Writer Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
Head Start Director Volunteer Coordinator
Humanitarian Writer/Editor
Journalist Youth Group Worker
Marketing Researcher Youth Outreach Educator
Marriage & Family Specialist

Related Skills

Attention to Detail Critical Thinking Skills Problem Solving Skills
Communication Skills (Oral & Written) Demonstrate Initiative Research Capabilities
Creative Desire to Help Others Work Well with Others

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Career Planning Links

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Early Child Care and Education Career Guide

Human Services Career Network

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Social Work Licensure - provides state specific social work licensure and certification requirements including education requirements, exam requirements, reciprocity licensure information, and professional organization contacts.

Professional Association Links

Alliance for Families and Children

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

American Counseling Association

Arkansas Department of Human Services

Community Services Consortium

National Association for the Education of Young Children

National Association of Social Workers

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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Family Therapy Magazine