Nov 30, 2023  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Human Development and Family Studies, B.A.

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College of Education  Department of Psychological, Health, and Learning Sciences  > Human Development and Family Studies, B.A.


A Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) provides a broadly based study of the intellectual, emotional, social, and moral development of individuals and families. HDFS graduates have a variety of opportunities available to them. Many students go on to graduate school in the fields of Social Work, Psychology, Education, Medicine, and Law.

Students with a 2.0 cumulative UH GPA may declare a major in Human Development and Family Studies. Students must complete the following courses with a grade of “C” in order to use the course toward a degree in this major: HDFS 1300, HDFS 2317 and HDFS 1311 or HDFS 2320. Students who transfer one or more of these HDFS courses must file any petitions for course equivalencies. These course equivalencies must be completed with a grade of “C” or  better.

UH Core Requirements


6.0 credit hours required


6.0 credit hours required

Life & Physical Sciences

6.0 credit hours required

Language, Philosophy & Culture

3.0 credit hours required

Creative Arts

3.0 credit hours required

American History/Government/Political Science

12.0 credit hours required

Social and Behavioral Sciences

3.0 credit hours required


Writing in the Disciplines

3.0 credit hours required

Foreign Language

6.0 credit hours required at 2000 Level

Diversity in Special Populations

6.0 credit hours required

Area Electives

15.0 credit hours required

Students must choose 15 hours from the approved list of area electives or receive approval for classes through petition.


Minimum 15.0 credit hours required

Total Hours for Degree: 120+

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