Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS)

Why major in HDFS?


Do you like working with children and their families? 

Do you want to improve the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities? 


If so, Human Development and Family Sciences is for you!

As a Human Development and Family Sciences major, you will...

  • Discover how to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities across the life course and within social and cultural contexts.
  • Gain knowledge related to development across the lifespan, family relationships, family and cultural diversity, statistics and research methods, program administration, guidance, and developmentally appropriate curriculum.
  • Learn to use multidisciplinary approaches, cutting-edge methodologies, and research to help children, youth, and families succeed.
  • Participate at the Texas State Child Development Center, a research and teaching practicum site for students interested in working with young children and their families. 

Please direct questions to:

Dr. Alfaro

Dr. Edna C. Alfaro

Associate Professor & Human Development and Family Sciences Undergraduate Program Coordinator