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

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Human development and family studies (HDFS) is a pre-professional major for undergraduate students interested in careers that will improve the lives of children and families across the variety of contexts and cultures in which families live, learn, and work. These careers are called "helping professions" and might include education, public health, social work, health services, counseling services, and more. This program results in a bachelor of arts degree in education.

The HDFS program does not result in teaching licensure but may be used to apply to a teaching license program at the postbaccalaureate or graduate level.

Admission to the human development and family studies major is required and offered every semester. Admission is based on, but not limited to, a 2.5 grade point average, good academic standing, expressed interest in the helping professions, and space available. For more information, please visit the School of Education Web site.

Admitted students must earn a grade of C or better for each course counting to fulfill a degree requirement within the HDFS major. If a student earns a grade of C- or lower in a course, it will not satisfy a degree requirement within the HDFS major. The student will need to repeat that course or an equivalent. If a course is repeated, the student can only count the credit hours once when calculating the number of credit hours toward degree.

In the event that a student fails the internship or is dismissed for violating the School of Education, site placement, or the University Code of Ethics, they will be referred to the School of Education Appeals Committee.

If a student intends to declare a major in HDFS and has already declared (or intends to declare) a minor in education, only six credit hours can double count for the education minor and 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 2020–2021 academic year.

Department Programs

Major

Minor

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the human development and family studies program, students should be able to:

  • Apply theories and knowledge about lifespan human development from many perspectives—psychological, sociological, educational, and cultural
  • Demonstrate awareness of professional behaviors and ethical considerations needed to serve children, youth, and families
  • Assess individual and family experiences from diverse cultural backgrounds and perspectives, such as race, ethnicity, sexual identities, ability, socioeconomic status, immigrant status, and urban versus rural settings
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop resources and initiatives using appropriate strategies and technologies to support the well-being of children, families, schools, and communities through presentations, research, and service learning

Requirements

In addition to the program requirements, 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 (course and credit hours) at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a C or better in all courses for the HDFS major (core and additional requirements).

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

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

Core Requirements
EDUC 181Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies3
EDUC 532Human Development and Learning3
EDUC 403Families and Communities in Diverse Contexts for Children3
or EDUC 410 Families and Communities in Diverse Contexts for Youth
EDUC 405Parenting and Family Life Education3
EDUC 408Research Methods in Human Development (must be taken prior to EDUC 583)3
EDUC 583Career and Professional Development 13
EDUC 698Internship in Human Development and Family Studies 29
Diversity/equity focus course (select one):3
Identity and Sexuality
Equity, Leadership, and You
Mexican American and Chicana/o Experience in Education
Critical Examination of Racism and Education: African American Case Example
Ethics and Education: From Global Problems to Classroom Dilemmas
Exceptionality Across the Life Span
Social Justice in Education
Leadership requirement (select one):3
Advanced Leadership Development Seminar
Resource Management for Individuals and Families
Leadership in Educational/Nonprofit Settings
Politics, Policymaking, and America's Schools
Equity, Leadership, and You
Educational Partnership Through Program Evaluation
Additional Requirements
Four concentration courses or elective courses (see lists below) 3,412
Total Hours45

Family Life Education Concentration

Select four (4) courses from the following list: 12
Introduction to Counseling and Coaching
Identity and Sexuality
Introduction to Early Childhood Development: Birth to Eight
Families and Communities in Diverse Contexts for Children 1
Families and Communities in Diverse Contexts for Youth 1
Resource Management for Individuals and Families
Cultural Diversity
Family Communication H
Poverty and Development
The Development of Black Children
United States Poverty and Public Policy
The Study of Adolescent Issues and Development
Addiction
Family and Society, Junior/Senior Section
Aging
Foundations of Social Welfare and Social Work
Total Hours12
H

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

Child and Family Health Concentration

Select four (4) courses from the following list: 12
Identity and Sexuality
Autism in Our Communities: An Interdisciplinary Perspective
Therapeutic Value of Play
Child and Family Health
Exceptionality Across the Life Span
Foundations of Special Education
Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology
and Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory H
Adapted Physical Education
Health and Human Rights
Introduction to Language H
Phonology
Introduction to Human Nutrition
Psychopathology H
Statistical Principles of Psychological Research H
Addiction
Sociology of Mental Health and Illness
Aging
Health and Society
Introductory Audiology I
Introduction to Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
Total Hours12
H

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

Students may request additional health-related courses. 

Electives Course List (for students who are not choosing a concentration)

Select four (4) courses from the following list:12
Introduction to African American and Diaspora Studies
Law and Society
Comparative Studies in Culture, Gender, and Global Forces
The Peoples of Africa
Gender and Culture
Human Growth and Development
Anthropological Perspectives on Cultural Diversity
Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology
and Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory H
Introduction to Gender and Communication H
Cultural Diversity
Family Communication H
Making and Manipulating "Race" in the United States
Reading Children's Literature
Identity and Sexuality
Autism in Our Communities: An Interdisciplinary Perspective
Therapeutic Value of Play
Child and Family Health
Resource Management for Individuals and Families
Learning on the Edge: Theories of Experiential Education
Screen Education: Representations of Education in Popular Culture
Helping Youth Thrive in K-12 Schools
Schools, Cultures, and Communities I: Youth
Schools, Cultures, and Communities II: Schools
Exceptionality Across the Life Span
Children's Literature in Elementary and Middle Schools
Foundations of Special Education
Picture Books
Adapted Physical Education
Health and Human Rights
Youth and Technology in Libraries
Introduction to Language H
Phonology
Language Acquisition and Development
The Latino Experience in the United States
Learning H
Introduction to Human Nutrition
Educational Problems and Policy Solutions H
Health and Human Rights
Statistical Principles of Psychological Research H
Biopsychology H
Psychopathology 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
Addiction
Race and Ethnicity
Sex and Gender in Society
Family and Society
Sociology of Mental Health and Illness
Sociology of Education, Experiential Education
Family and Society, Junior/Senior Section
Sociology of Education
Aging
Race, Class, and Gender
United States Poverty and Public Policy
Health and Society
Foundations of Social Welfare and Social Work
Introductory Audiology I
Introduction to Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
Introduction to Women's Studies H
Total Hours12
H

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

Special Opportunities in Education

Honors in the School of Education

During the fall semester of the senior year, an honors student in the School of Education participates in the first of a two-course sequence. This first course is an honors thesis class to begin the thesis preparation and writing process. During the spring semester of the senior year (likely the HDFS internship semester), the student takes the second course in the honors class sequence. Across the two courses the student completes an honors thesis. In the spring semester there is an oral examination to defend the thesis. The program is limited to students with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.3 at the start of the fall semester of the senior year. That is, students who wish to undertake a senior honors thesis project must have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher in order to begin the project, and must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher through graduation.