Human Development & Family Studies

Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) focuses on research, outreach and education to strengthen the quality of everyday life and human well-being.

Discover human development both in the classroom and out in the community while earning Bachelor of Science degree. HDFS combines coursework, outreach, and the latest research to better understand people throughout their lifespan. You’ll learn from knowledgeable researchers who are passionate about preparing you for a meaningful career within a field that is growing as fast as the world’s population.

The Human Development and Family Studies department serves undergraduate and graduate students through a dedication to improving the quality of life by discovering, integrating, applying, and disseminating knowledge about lifespan human development, relationships, and families and communities, all in their larger social contexts.

Graduate Degree Options

If you are looking to pursue a graduate degree in Human Development and Family Studies, please click here. 

Contact Us

Connect with one of our academic advisors to learn more about SoHE’s HDFS major, tour our school, and even attend a class.

Student Academic Affairs and Career Development
(608) 262-2608
Fax: (608) 265-3616
Mail: School of Human Ecology
1194 Nancy Nicholas Hall
Fetzer Center for Student Excellence
1300 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706
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