The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
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 psychology, sociology, health and families with an emphasis on education and prevention.
Coursework in the major includes a required core—plus courses in areas such as:
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.
Our graduates typically work in the human service realm at federal, state, or local agencies that serve the needs of children and/or families.
Graduates are hired for a variety of positions though some listed require additional training or education.
Listed below are a few of the employers who hire our graduates.
For further information, visit this Careers in Family Science Booklet and this Career Opportunities in Family Science Infographic.
In the near future the Human Development and Family Studies program will be seeking to become approved by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). This approval will allow program graduates to qualify for provisional certification as Family Life Educators. More information on NCFR and Family Life Education can be found at www.ncfr.org
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.
The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.