The University offers a bachelor of science (B.S.) in human development and family studies that
prepares students for careers in the human development and/or human services field.
Working with families and children is a complex and multifaceted job that offers challenges
and opportunities to truly make a difference. The Human Development and Family Studies Program provides
the critical thinking and problem-solving skills needed to assist families in overcoming the obstacles of everyday life.
The program offers students an interdisciplinary approach that includes study in health and safety, psychology, sociology, and social work.
Coursework in the major includes a required core—plus courses in areas such as:
Child, adolescent, and adult development
Family and child welfare
Families in later life
Family life education
Family resource management
Sociology of aging and retirement
In addition, students complete two semesters of practicum in agencies that serve children and families.
Students also complete the University's Foundational Studies Program, which provides the knowledge students need in critical thinking, leadership, and interpersonal and communication skills.
Students may participate in the student chapter of the Indiana Association of Family and
Consumer Sciences (INAFCS), an organization of professionals who collaborate to improve the quality of
individual and family life through communication, educational programs, and influencing public policy.
Other opportunities include the Alpha Phi Chapter of Phi Upsilon Omicron, a national honor society in
family and consumer sciences.
In addition, the Human Development and Family Studies Program is accredited by the
American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS).
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.
In addition, the Department of Applied Health Sciences offers a variety of scholarships and awards. For more information, contact the department.
The Catalog of Indiana State University is the document of
authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalog supersede information issued by any
academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the
requirements at any time.