Students who complete the human development and family science curriculum exhibit an understanding of the following areas:

  • An individual's physical, emotional, social, cognitive and spiritual development from birth through adulthood and how that individual development impacts the family unit
  • Family dynamics from a systemic, developmental framework
  • Societal issues confronting families including family law and family economics
  • Philosophy and broad principles required to plan, implement and evaluate educational programs designed to optimize family functioning
  • Theories and research which attempt to explain and predict family functioning from an individual and societal perspective