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Human Development and Family Studies Major

Available on campus and online

The major in human development and family studies provides students with in-depth knowledge about theory, research, and application in human development across the lifespan, with emphasis on the family as a developmental context. Through coursework and applied assignments, students make connections between theory, research, and practice. The major emphasizes developmentally appropriate and best practices in working with children, adolescents, adults, and their families to enhance positive developmental outcomes in a variety of career settings, including hospitals, counseling, child-care, schools and other social institutions.


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Online Major

Students can complete the Human Development and Family Studies Major online. The online program was developed as an integrated learning experience, not a collection of isolated courses, and has earned the Quality Matters Program Design Certification.

This flexible and affordable online major brings theory and practice together, is customizable to focus on the student’s preferred development emphasis and is taught by award-winning professors who are known for the expertise and innovation. 

Students will have access to vital resources like success coaching, library services, tutoring, and career guidance – making the online experience collaborative and rewarding.

Knowledge, Skills and Careers

The MSU Denver HDFS major will prepare students for a wide range of jobs and career paths. Our graduates will be uniquely qualified to work with individuals and/or families in a broad variety of settings. They will possess the skills to pursue careers helpings others, contributing to society, and making a difference in the lives of children, adolescents, adults, and families.

For information regarding careers in Human Development and family Studies click Careers in human development.


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