Human Development and Family Studies

Earn a HDFS degree close to home at Penn State Mont Alto: prepare for a career in Human Development and Family Studies with a Bachelor of Science in HDFS.

Human Development and Family Studies is an interdisciplinary program that combines the study of psychology, biology, sociology, medicine, anthropology, history, social work, and philosophy. It is a field for people who like to work with children, teens, families, and adults.  Students have hands-on experiences through a variety of internships, fieldwork, classwork, and volunteer work. Coursework includes the study of human development from conception to death, theories and research on development, ethics and social policy, family development and relationships, social problems and issues, and physical and mental health. 


The National Council on Family Relations provides more information about HDFS Careers at Our graduates have worked in the following areas:

  • mental health
  • drug and alcohol recovery
  • day care and Head Start programs
  • family education
  • juvenile detention

What can you do with a degree in HDFS?  Penn State's College of Human Health and Development has compiled a list of careers.

We offer a 2-year Associate Degree program as well as a 4-year Bachelor's Degree program. Please contact Dr. Robin Yaure at 717-749-6210 and, or Dr. Jacqueline Schwab at 717-749-6034 and

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