Human Development and Family Studies | Winthrop University

Human Development and Family Studies

Bachelor of Science

If you care about improving family well-being and supporting communities, like to lead and teach, enjoy critical thinking and problem solving, and value working with diverse populations, then human development and family studies could be the field for you. The B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies is a nationally recognized program by the National Council on Family Relations. Graduates are eligible to receive the Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) national credential. This degree program opens the door to a wide variety of career opportunities. Students choose to specialize in the following: child and adolescent studies, child and family services, or a minor in gerontology.

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Potential Employers

Some of the graduates of this program have gone on to work for:

  • ABWE
  • Alliance Behavioral Healthcare
  • Autism Academy of South Carolina
  • Bell Partners Inc
  • Dorchester School District 2
  • Fort Mill School District #4
  • Foundation For The Carolinas
  • Insight Global
  • Kids R Kids
  • London Stock Exchange Group
  • NSP
  • Primrose Schools
  • Qualtrics
  • SC Department of Health and Human Services
  • SECU
  • Southern First Bank
  • Travelers
  • UNC REX Healthcare
  • University of North Carolina School of the Arts
  • University of South Carolina

Career Paths

Graduates of this program have gone on to become:

  • 1st Grade Teacher
  • Account Manager
  • Bakery Manager
  • Behavior Interventionist
  • Behavior Specialist
  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst
  • Business Consultant/ Owner
  • Business Owner
  • Career Development Coordinator
  • Caregiver
  • Client Experience Banker
  • Community Director
  • Director of Preschool
  • Financial Services Representative
  • Licensed Massage Therapist
  • Manager - EC Commitment and Client Experience
  • Missionary
  • Natural Health Consultant & Brand Partner
  • Secondary School Counselor
  • Wellness Dietitian

Top Industries

Many of the graduates of this program find themselves working in:


  1. Education Management
  2. Hospital & Health Care
  3. Higher Education
  4. Primary/Secondary Education
  5. Financial Services
  6. Government Administration
  7. Individual & Family Services
  8. Retail
  9. Marketing and Advertising
  10. Mental Health Care

Curriculum and Learning Opportunities

In addition to the core professional courses in human development and family studies, students will choose an area of concentration.

    This concentration includes courses in childhood education and development; racial, cultural, and ethnic influences on identity development; the context of poverty; and more.


    This concentration includes courses in abnormal and social psychology, working with multicultural populations, special education, and more.


    This concentration focuses on working with aging populations.


Why Winthrop?

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Leading the Way

Winthrop's HDFS program was the first academic program in South Carolina to achieve Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) approved program status.

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Real World Experience

Students complete at least 300 hours of work experience with internship placements at a variety of agencies, organizations and corporations.

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Exceptional Faculty

Learn from faculty who are committed to research and scholarly endeavors that both inform the profession and enhance public education in our society.

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Beyond Graduation

Robert Harris

Robert Harris
Human Development and Family Studies, Class of 2012

"[Former sociology professor Kelly James] was very influential to me during my time at Winthrop. Her classes taught us how to live our truth. She made content meaningful, relevant and engaging. I model my teaching style after hers and have seen great success because of it!"

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