The Associate Degree in Human Development and Family Studies integrates practical and academic experiences to provide the student with entry-level professional competence in the human service field.
Students choose one of the HDFS options:
Adult Development and Aging Services
This option is designed to prepare HDFS students for a wide variety of service roles in mental health facilities, nursing homes and other institutions for the aged, area agencies on aging, public welfare and family service agencies, women's resource centers, human relations programs, employee assistance programs and customer services and consumer relations programs in business and industry. An approved field experience in any of a wide variety of settings that serve adults, the aged, and their families, is required for this option.
Children, Youth, and family Services
This option is designed to prepare HDFS students for service roles in preschools; day care centers; hospitals; institutional and community programs for emotionally disturbed, abused or neglected children and adolescents; as well as a variety of public welfare and family service agencies. An approved field experience in a children, youth, or family services setting, is required for this option.