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Human Development and Family Science Major

Human Development and Family Science Major

Human Development and Family Science at Messiah College 

If you're interested in enhancing the well-being of individuals and families throughout the lifespan, the human development and family science major at Messiah College may be for you.

Are you fascinated by the complexities of human development and family dynamics? If you are, Messiah College’s human development and family science (HDFS) major—affirmed by the National Council on Family Relations’ (NCFR)—is for you. 

As an HDFS major at Messiah College, you’ll learn how to strengthen individuals and families by focusing on relationships, human development and families through courses such as interpersonal and marital relationships, parenting, human sexuality, and family dynamics and intervention. You’ll take that knowledge to the streets—interning at human service agencies, observing children at the College’s Early Learning Center, and even presenting with faculty at regional and national conferences.

You’ll develop marketable skills sought by today’s employers such as interpersonal and communication skills, interviewing, assessment, basic counseling skills, family-life education program development and delivery capabilities that will fully prepare you for a rewarding career in human service areas, within family agencies, churches, schools, and community-based social services, or even graduate school.

Human development and family science major distinctives
Career options for human development and family science majors
Internship opportunities for human development and family science majors
Learn more about the Department of Human Development and Family Science