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Human Development and Family Studies, B.S.: 4-year sequence, 3-year sequence
The Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) field is dedicated to the study of human development and the interrelationships among individuals, families and communities. It is an interdisciplinary field that draws from other social sciences but has established distinct assumptions, approaches to studying families, and world view. A multidisciplinary approach provides students with both a broad perspective and specialized knowledge. Our goal is to foster positive sensitivity to the needs of families and their members through the lenses of relationships, culture, gender, age, and life stage, among others.
The program integrates academic study with significant experiential learning with individuals of all ages, families and community groups. Students are involved in observation/participation, field experience, independent study and practicum throughout the program. Hospitals, human service agencies, community groups, adolescent group homes and homes for senior citizens provide opportunities for the synthesis of practical and theoretical knowledge.
The HDFS program also highly encourages students to study abroad during their time at UW-Stout. A variety of education abroad opportunities are available to students. Courses taken while studying abroad can count towards courses in the HDFS program. Students can choose to take general education courses, HDFS core courses, free electives or concentration/minor courses abroad. For more information about opportunities, please visit the UW-Stout Education Abroad website.
Bachelor of Science Degree
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Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 within the major studies for graduation and to register for the internship experience.