Human Development and Family Science (BS)


The University offers a bachelor of science (BS) in human development and family science 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 Science 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:

  • Applied family theory
  • Child, adolescent, and adult development
  • Family and child welfare
  • Families in later life
  • Family life education
  • Family relationships
  • Family resource management
  • Parent education

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.

Required Courses


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.

  • Adolescent service specialist
  • After-school program director
  • Camp director
  • Child advocate
  • Child care center director
  • Child care center teacher
  • Child psychologist
  • Child welfare professional
  • Counseling therapist
  • Family life educator
  • Human relations specialist
  • Marriage and family counselor
  • Social welfare worker
  • Teen parent educator
  • Youth service worker

Listed below are a few of the employers who hire our graduates.

  • Head Start
  • Assisted Living/Memory Care Facilities
  • Big Brother/Big Sister
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)
  • Community Alliance and Services for Young Children-CASY
  • ​Ireland Home Based Services
  • Department of Child Services
  • Access Behavior Analysis

For further information, visit this Careers in Family Science Booklet and this Career Opportunities in Family Science Infographic.

In addition, the Human Development and Family Science Program is certified by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR).

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.

Further Information

Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.

Currently enrolled students should contact the following:

Department of Applied Health Sciences
Indiana State University


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.



Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.

Currently enrolled students should contact the following:

Department of Applied Health Sciences
Indiana State University