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Human Development and Family Science Bachelor Degree (B.A.)

Human Development and Family Science Bachelor Degree (B.A.)

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.

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

Program emphasis

As an HDFS major at Messiah College, one of the top private Christian colleges in the U.S., 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 may wish to choose from a wide range of minors such as children and youth services, gerontology, gender studies, multicultural families, disability and family wellness, and pre-marriage and family therapy, or minors outside the department such as Bible, business, communication, early childhood education, music, counseling and Christian education. 

Hands-on learning opportunities

You’ll take the knowledge you gain 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 may even wish to join the Messiah College Council on Family Relations (MCCFR) – a student professional organization affiliated with the National Council on Family Relations.

After graduation

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.