The child and family development emphasis provides an in-depth understanding of the growth, change and development of children and families in a social context. Current information emphasizing a lifespan and family systems approach is taught. This knowledge base is essential for careers related to organizations or agencies that provide services to family and children.


Students pursuing the MSHS with a child and family development emphasis will complete the 18-hour MSHS core, which consists of:


  • HMS 500: Philosophy of Human Sciences

  • HMS 501: Service Management in the Human Sciences

  • HMS 502: Employee Development Issues in Human Sciences

  • HMS 540: Consumer Problems

  • SOC 550: Social Statistics

  • SOC 551: Sociological Inquiry


Courses required of students pursuing the MSHS with a human development and family studies (HDFS) emphasis include:


  • HMS 551: Child Development and Parenting

  • HMS 552: Family Studies

  • HMS 586: Adult Development and Aging


Students will choose a final three or nine hours (depending on whether or not they are pursuing a thesis) in consultation with their advisor, based on the students' needs and interests.


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Master of Science in Human Sciences

Human Development & Family Studies Emphasis


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