Department of Human Development and Family Studies
Our Mission
The mission of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) is to address contemporary social issues that affect children, youth, adults, and families through high quality research, teaching, and outreach programs.
An Environment for Student Success
"You are able to get a lot of hands-on experience that will help you as you decide what you would like to do after graduation. The advisors and professors really care about your success, and they are very willing to help you."
— Jasmine Washington, HDFS Student

Human Development and Family Studies Professor Jennifer Hardesty says coercive controlling violence occurs within the context of a larger relationship-wide motive of one partner to control the daily activities and autonomy of the victim, and it’s associated with more frequent and severe physical violence.

The newly named Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS), housed in the university's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, better reflects the research interests of its faculty

Calendar of events for Human Development and Family Studies and the College of ACES
May 4 Last Day of Instruction for Spring 16
May 5 Reading Day
May 6 Final Examination Period for Spring 16
May 14 Commencement, Saturday
May 15 Commencement, Sunday

Centers and Services

Our state-of-the-art centers, outreach programs, and lab facilities give students and faculty the ability to work on issues affecting the community and the world.
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