About HDFS

Human Development and Family Science - About Us



The Department of Human Development and Family Science offers eight academic programs and a variety of experiences for students. Our academic programs include a BS in Birth through Kindergarten Teacher Education, BS in Child Life, BS in Family and Community Services,BS in Family and Consumer Sciences, MS in Human Development and Family Science, MS in Marriage and Family Therapy and a PhD in Medical Family Therapy Graduate students interested in Child Life should apply for our MS in Human Development and Family Science. Our departmental office is located in 112A RW Rivers Building and can be reached at 252-328-4273 or by filling out the “Contact HDFS” form.

Our Students

Our students are exposed to many different opportunities and experiences including  student organizations, professional internships, community service projects, study abroad opportunities, and research projects. Graduates from our programs have a high job placement rate after graduation.

Our Faculty

Our award winning faculty enthusiastically engage our students in and out of the classroom through interactive lectures, research collaboration, community service projects, as well as other activities. Much of our faculty’s research can be found in national and international publications and has been presented at regional, national and international conferences.  Click here to view the HDFS faculty listing.


HDFS Alumni can be found in many different professional fields and actively engage with current students through internships, classroom presentations, community service projects as well as social activities. Our alumni work in a range of child and family settings such as early childhood education,  Community Mental Health Agencies, Health Care Settings, public schools, faith-based organizations, and other child and family agencies.  Many Alumni go on to receive advanced degrees in areas such as education, family science, family therapy and medical family therapy.