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Human Development and Family Studies is an interdisciplinary program that combines the study of psychology, biology, sociology, medicine, anthropology, history, social work, and philosophy.  It is a field for people who like to work with children, teens, families, and adults.  Students have hands-on experiences through a variety of internships, fieldwork, classwork, and volunteer work.  Coursework includes the study of human development from conception to death, theories and research on development, ethics and social policy, family development and relationships, social problems and issues, and physical and mental health. 

Our graduates have worked in the following areas:

  • mental health
  • drug and alcohol recovery
  • day care and Head Start programs
  • family education
  • juvenile detention

We offer a 2-year Associate Degree program as well as a 4-year Bachelor's Degree program. Please click on the previously mentioned links to access additional information about our programs. Click the following link to see a list of HDFS Careers.

Additionally, please contact Dr. Robin Yaure at 717-749-6210 and r2y@psu.edu, or Dr. Jacqueline Schwab at 717-749-6034 and sen@psu.edu.