Majors and More


Bachelor of Science - Human Development and Family Studies

General Education


Semester Hours

ACAD 101 Principles of the Learning Academy
Shared Skills and Proficiencies
Writing and Critical Thinking    
WRIT 101 Composition
HMXP 102      Human Experience
CRTW 201 Critical Reading, Thinking & Writing
Oral Communication Met in major with HDFS 573 0
CSCI 101 & 3 from 101A-N Intro to Comp Info Processing & labs 3
 Intensive Writing See approved list (pdf - 306 KB) 3
Constitution Requirement See approved list (pdf - 306 KB); may be met with other requirement 0-3
Physical Activity See approved list (pdf - 306 KB) 1
Thinking Critically Across Disciplines    
Global Perspectives Met in major with EDCI 310
Historical Perspectives See approved list (pdf - 306 KB)
Introducing Students to Broad Disciplinary Perspectives


Social Science  


SOCL 201 Principles of Sociology 3
PSYC 101 General Psychology 3
Humanities and Arts See approved list (pdf - 306 KB)
Quantitative Skills and Natural Science (3 courses)
Quantitative Skills See approved list (pdf - 306 KB)
Natural Science See approved list (pdf - 306 KB); [Must include a lab science.  If 2 courses taken, must be in 2 different groups:  Life, Physical, Earth.]
Subtotal   41-47
Professional Courses (C or better in each course required and cannot be taken on the S/U basis)


ECED 310 Home-School Comm Partnerships with Diverse Families 3
HDFS 101 Intro to Human Development and Family Studies
HDFS 350 Parenting Through the Lifespan
HDFS 370 Research in Human Development and Family Studies
HDFS 450 Family Stress and Resilience
HDFS 500 Family Life Education
HDFS 502 Family Resource Management
HDFS 506 Human Sexuality Across the Lifespan 3
HDFS 573 Career Education
HDFS 594 Internship I in Human Development and Family Studies
HDFS 595 Internship II in Human Development and Family Studies
NUTR 221 Human Nutrition
PSYC 206 Developmental Psychology
SOCL 305 or HDFS 490 Marriage and the Family, Contemporary Trends & Issues in Fam Studies
SCWK 523 Family and Children:  Policies & Services 3
Specialization or Minor in Gerontology  






Child and Adolescent Studies-Select 5 courses


EDCO 200 Developmental Sciences and the Context of Poverty 3
ECED 300 Intro to Early Chidhood Education 3
MLED 310 Developmental Aspects of the Middle Level Learner 3
PSYC 320 Racial, Cultural and Ethnic Influences on Identity Development 3
PSYC 411 Advanced Child Development
SPED 281 Intro to Gifted and Special Education
Child and Family Services


EDCO 200 Developmental Sci and Context of Poverty 3
PSYC 213 or 305 Abnormal Psychology, Social Psychology 3
SPED 281 Intro to Special Education
SPED 561 or 382 Children with Learning Disabilities, Intellectual Disabilities
SCWK 306 Working with Multicultural Populations
Gerontology Minor   15
SCWK/GRNT 300 or SOCL/GRNT 504 Intro to Gerontology, Social & Indiv Aspects of Aging 3
PSYC 517 or SOCL/GRNT 304 Psychology of Aging, Death and Grief as Social Process 3
Choose one elective from each of the following categories:  
Direct Service Level GRNT 340ABC, GRNT 550, EXSC 511, SCWK 306, NUTR 221, HLTH 507, PSYC 213, and SCIE/GRNT 301 3
Administrative/Organizational Level HCMT 200, GRNT 473, GRNT 550, HLTH 500, SOCL 339, PSYC 515, and SCWK 531 3
Elective choose from above courses in the minor 3
  1. Entering freshmen can declare Human Development and Family Studies as a major.
  2. All Human Development & Family Studies students must select a specialization—Child and Adolescent Studies, Child and Family Services) or minor in Gerontology. 
  3. Students may elect to do a minor in a related field as part of their free electives.
  4. Students must have maintained a C or better in concentration classes.
  5. Students must have maintained a C or better in HDFS Professional courses.
  6. HDFS 101 (Intro), 500 (Family Life Education), and 573 (Career Education) are pre-requisites for the internship.
  7. A maximum of 15 credit hours (including the internship) are allowed during the semester in which the internship is taken.
  8. The internship site must be approved by the HDFS program in the semester preceding the internship. An application must be filled out by the stated due date.
  9. Students who successfully complete the HDFS program are eligible to apply for the Certified Family Life Educator Credential. Students are required to complete the HDFS Professional Core at Winthrop to be recommended for certification.

Additional Requirements:

  1. Students must meet all University requirements and earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.25 or greater in order to graduate.
  2. The following courses are restricted to Human Development and Family Studies majors or minors in good standing (a 2.25 minimum cumulative grade point average) or with permission of the instructor:
    • HDFS 350, 370, 450, 500, 594, and 595.
  3. Complete a minimum of 40 hours of courses numbered above 299. In order to meet this University requirement, students may have to take courses above 299 as their electives.

For additional degree requirements, please visit the Degree Requirements page.