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School of Family Studies and Human Services

Human Development and Family Science

Our mission is to enhance the development of individuals and families across the lifespan through teaching, research, and community engagement at the local, state, national, and international levels.

The human development and family science bachelor's degree program at Kansas State University provides undergraduate students a strong foundation of coursework and experiences that will open doors for a variety of careers working with people of all ages in a variety of settings. A degree in HDFS also prepares students for graduate or professional school. Our graduates are in high demand, and are prepared to make a difference in the lives of individuals and families. 

Our coursework focuses on human development across the lifespan, within the context of family and community. Students may elect to have an area of concentration or they complete an internship. HDFS students are also encouraged to participate in experiential learning through practicums, volunteering, education abroad and undergraduate research.

The program is recognized as an approved program by the National Council on Family Relations for the Certified Family Life Educator designation.

In addition to studying on the Manhattan campus, students may also choose to pursue a bachelor's degree on the Polytechnic campus in Salina or online through K-State Global Campus.

To learn more about the undergraduate degree in human development and family science, review the additional resources on this page as well as the university course catalog. The family.science site also offers additional information about this field of study and the career options it offers.