The online Bachelor of Science in Human Sciences with an emphasis in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) degree offered by Stephen F. Austin State University offers new, returning, and transfer students the opportunity to earn an undergraduate degree online. The program provides an in-depth understanding of growth, change and development of children, adults, and families and integrates a life-span, multi-contextual, and family systems approach. This knowledge base has proven to be essential for professional careers and service-oriented professions. The following are areas highlighted in Human Development and Family Studies courses:


  • Introduction to human development and family studies

  • Infant and child development

  • Middle childhood and adolescent development

  • Family, school, and community relationships

  • Adult development and aging

  • Family life education

  • Parenting

  • Consumer problems

  • Introduction to early childhood

  • Social policies and the family

  • Family development

  • Sexuality in the context of the family

  • Family communication

  • Pre-Internship preparation and internship


The program is designed for students who are interested in child development or a related field, have earned college credit, and are limited by time and distance in their options for completing a degree.

Additional information can be found on the Human Development & Family Studies program website.

Contact Information 

Ms. Stephanie Strahl, Program Academic Advisor
P.O. Box 6103, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962
Phone: 936.468.2901

Best Value badge

Ranked as one of the best HDFS programs in the nation!

Request Information

Bachelor of Science in Human Sciences​

Emphasis in Human Development and Family Studies


Follow Us

  • Facebook Round
  • Twitter Round
  • Pinterest Round

Brightspace by D2L Support


Phone: 936.468.1919

Office Hours 

M-F 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.