Aug 17, 2018  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog

Human Development and Family Science (B.S.)


The human development and family science bachelor’s degree program at Kansas State University provides undergraduate students a strong foundation of coursework and experiences that will open doors for a variety of careers working with people of all ages in a variety of settings. A degree in HDFS also prepares students for graduate or professional school. Our graduates are prepared to make a difference in the lives of individuals and families.

Students select an area of concentration or an internship as they build knowledge and experience for a career of service and helping others.

A wide variety of career opportunities are open to HDFS graduates in such areas as youth and 4-H development, extension, family services, mental health, elder care, student affairs, family intervention, nonprofit administration, faith-based organizations, the judicial system, and health care related settings. HDFS graduates are well prepared for graduate and professional school.

Graduates who have completed all of the degree requirements including the internship series are qualified to apply for the Provisional Certified Family Life Education (CFLE) designation administered by the National Council on Family Relations.

Bachelor’s degree requirements

General requirements (40-41 credit hours)


Communications (8–9 credit hours)


Humanities electives (6 credit hours)


Only a course of 3 credits or more will apply.

Select from college approved list

Natural and physical sciences (7 credit hours)


Life science elective and physical science elective (One course must be taken from each area; one course must include a laboratory.)

Quantitative studies (6 credit hours)


  • Any introductory 300-level statistics course Credits: 3

Integrative Human Ecology Course (1 credit hour)


Professional studies (64 credit hours)


(Grades of C or higher and credit in FSHS 102 required.)

Professional Electives (24 credit hours)


Select 12 credit hours in courses numbered 100 or higher from the following content areas: FSHS, HDFS, GNHE, Political Science, Psychology, Women’s Studies, American Ethnic Studies, Gerontology, Leadership Studies, and courses from the Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work.

  • Courses numbered 300 or higher from one content area listed above Credits: 9

Unrestricted electives (15-16 credit hours)


Total hours required for graduation (120)