Human Development and Family Studies B.S. - Lifespan Development Concentration
This concentration is intended for students with a broad interest in working with families. The Lifespan Development concentration provides knowledge about specific life stages of individuals within the context of family systems with a focus on system dynamics, diverse family systems, gender, and cultural differences. This plan of study is designed particularly for those expecting to attend graduate school and those who desire a general background in lifespan development and family dynamics. Students in this concentration may participate in the Family Internship. Further information and criteria is listed under Internship below.
|Departmental Requirements: (Must receive a C- or better)||
HDFS 525: Human Development
One Course in Statistics with a C- or better
|PSYCH 402 - OR -
SOC 502 - OR -
||HDFS 760: Family Programs and Policies
HDFS 776: Children, Adolescents, and the Law (not offered every year)
HDFS 782: Family Internship
HDFS 792: Family Internship Seminar
Research Methods course (e.g., PSYCH 502 Research Methods in Psychology)
PSYCH 552, 581, 582
Work with the Institute on Disabilities
In the optional Family Internship (FS 782), students will apply knowledge gained from their academic studies in a supervised environment. The internship involves a commitment of sixteen hours per week for two semesters, plus a three hour seminar (HDFS 792) every other week. In addition, some organizations may require a criminal background check before placement is finalized. Arrangements for criminal background checks are the responsibility of the student and the requesting organization, not the Department of Family Studies. Students apply for the internship during spring semester of their junior year. Internship pplicants must have completed a minimum of twenty credits of departmental coursework prior to their senior year with a minimum departmental GPA of 3.0. Internship courses (782/792) count toward the twenty credits required in supporting courses.
Students are responsible for insuring they have met all requirements.