Human Development and Family Studies, B.A.Ed.

School of Education

Peabody Hall, CB# 3500

(919) 966-1346

Kara GrawOzburn, Assistant Director of Student Affairs

The degree offered is a bachelor of arts in education with a major in human development and family studies (HDFS). This program focuses on human development from birth through adolescence and early adulthood. This program is for any student who intends to go into a helping profession. This program does not result in teaching licensure but may be used to apply to a teaching license program at the postbaccalaureate or graduate level.

Students can apply as soon as they have the required 2.75 grade point average. Students are required to maintain a 3.0 grade point average in the courses for the HDFS major.

Students are subject to the requirements in place when they are admitted to the School of Education; consequently, the requirements for approved programs described in this catalog particularly apply to students admitted to the school during the 2016–2017 academic year.

Application to the program is required.

Department Programs




In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must

  • attain a final cumulative GPA of at least 2.0
  • complete a minimum of 45 academic credit hours earned from UNC-Chapel Hill courses
  • take at least half of their major course requirements (courses and credit hours) at UNC-Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum of 18 hours of C or better in the major core requirements (some majors require 21 hours).

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

Core Requirements
EDUC XXX (TBD)Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies3
EDUC 401Introduction to Early Childhood Development: Birth to Eight3
or EDUC 532 Introduction to Development and Learning
EDUC 403Families, Schools, and Communities1-3
EDUC XXX (TBD)Research Methods for Human Development and Family Studies in Diverse Contexts and Programs3
Three EDUC courses chosen from:9
Autism in Our Communities: An Interdisciplinary Perspective
Learning in the Modern World
Politics, Policymaking, and America's Schools
Cultural Competence, Leadership, and You
Helping Youth Thrive in K-12 Schools
Mexican American and Chicana/o Experience in Education
Politics of Reading
Schools, Cultures, and Communities I: Youth
Schools, Cultures, and Communities II: Schools
Human Abilities and Online Learning
Ethics and Education: From Global Problems to Classroom Dilemmas
Screen Education: Representations of Education in Popular Culture
Education in American Society
Social Justice in Education
Children's Literature in Elementary and Middle Schools
EDUC XXX (TBD)Planning the Internship Experience (must be taken in the semester immediately preceding the internship semester)3
EDUC 593Internship/Student Teaching9
EDUC XXX (TBD)Internship Project3
Additional Requirements
Three additional courses chosen from the following list:9
Introduction to African American and Diaspora Studies
African American History since 1865
Law and Society
Comparative Studies in Culture, Gender, and Global Forces
Gender and Culture
The Peoples of Africa
Human Growth and Development
Anthropological Perspectives on Cultural Diversity
Political Ecology
Language Minority Students: Issues for Practitioners
Introduction to Gender and Communication H
Cultural Diversity
Family Communication H
Making and Manipulating "Race" in the United States
Reading Children's Literature
The Illustrated Book: History of Illustration in Children's Texts
Adapted Physical Education
North Carolina History since 1865
Youth and Technology in Libraries
The Latino Experience in the United States
Introduction to Language H
Language Acquisition and Development
Revisiting Real Numbers and Algebra
Introduction to Human Nutrition
Educational Problems and Policy Solutions H
Statistical Principles of Psychological Research H
Learning H
Abnormal Psychology H
Child Development H
Social Psychology H
Poverty and Development
The Development of Black Children
Family as a Context for Development
The Study of Adolescent Issues and Development
Popularity, Friendship, and Peer Relations
Race and Ethnic Relations
Family and Society
Sociology of Education, Experiential Education
Family and Society, Junior/Senior Section
Sociology of Education
Race, Class, and Gender
Human Rights
Managing the Effects of Disasters on Families and Children
Introduction to Women's Studies H
Total Hours43-45

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

No other courses are allowed during the internship semester

Special Opportunities in Education

Honors in Education

During the spring semester of the junior year, an honors student in education participates in the honors seminar. During the fall semester of the senior year, the student prepares an honors thesis, on which there is an oral examination. The program is limited in enrollment and open on a space-available basis to students with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.3.