About Human Development and Family Life Education

The Department of Human Development and Family Life Education's goal is to enrich families through education, service and advocacy.

The human development and family science major is the study of how individuals grow and develop across the life cycle-particularly in the context of personal, marital, and family relationships. Courses expose students to both practical and theoretical content in areas such as dating and relationship formation, gender roles, marital relationships, human sexuality, parenting, family dynamics, and families and society. The major recognizes the crucial role of families in society and the curriculum focuses on personal relationships and their connection to and impact on human living and development.

This major prepares you for a wide range of careers enriching families and provides an excellent foundation for graduate study in family studies, family therapy, occupational and speech therapy, law, social work, child development education, human services management and related fields. Click here for a listing of possible career options.

 A degree in human development and family science at Samford meets the standards and criteria required for the professional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) designation from the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR).