Human Development & Family Studies: Family Studies, BS

for the degree of Bachelor of Science Major in Human Development & Family Studies, Family Studies Concentration


department website: https://hdfs.illinois.edu/

department faculty: Human Development & Family Studies Faculty


overview of college admissions & requirements: Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences

college website: https://aces.illinois.edu/


Students in the Family Studies concentration focus on how families operate, develop and change in response to the challenges of modern life. Students learn to appreciate the diversity of family life by studying different cultures and how families learn to manage conflict. Graduates with this concentration are qualified to provide many services to couples and families. Career opportunities include family life educator, human resource specialist, caseworker or family service coordinator. Graduates also may choose to pursue graduate education in a variety of fields, including family studies, marriage and family therapy, social work, education, sociology, psychology, law, medicine, or business.

The Family Studies concentration is approved by the National Council of Family Relations (NCFR) for the provisional Certified Family Life Educator credential. Family life education focuses on healthy family functioning within a family systems perspective and provides a primarily preventive approach. The goal of family life education is to teach and foster skills and knowledge to enable individuals and families to function optimally. Within two years after receiving their degree, graduates who have completed the Family Studies curriculum and four elective courses (HDFS 427: Family Adaptation and Resilience, CHLH 206: Human Sexuality, HDFS 401: Socialization and Development, and HDFS 461: Family Life Education) can apply for the Provisional level of the CFLE credential through an abbreviated application process (details available on the NCFR website).

for the degree of Bachelor of Science Major in Human Development & Family Studies, Family Studies Concentration


Prescribed Core Courses including Campus General Education

Composition I and Speech
Select one of the following:6-7
Writing and Research
and Public Speaking (or equivalent) (see college Composition I requirement)
Oral & Written Comm I
and Oral & Written Comm II
Advanced Composition
Select from campus approved list.3-4
Language Other Than English
Coursework at or above the third level is required for graduation.
Cultural Studies
Select one course from Western culture, one from non-Western culture, and one from U.S. minority culture from campus approved lists.9
Quantitative Reasoning I
Select one of the following:3-4
STAT 100Statistics3
ACE 261Applied Statistical Methods4
CPSC 241Intro to Applied Statistics3
ECON 202Economic Statistics I3
PSYC 235Intro to Statistics3
SOC 280Intro to Social Statistics4
Quantitative Reasoning II
Select one of the following:3-5
STAT 200Statistical Analysis3
CHLH 244Health Statistics3
MATH 220Calculus5
MATH 221Calculus I4
MATH 234Calculus for Business I4
PHIL 103Logic and Reasoning QR II3
Natural Sciences and Technology
Select from campus approved list.6
Humanities and the Arts
Select from campus approved list.6
Social and Behavioral Sciences
PSYC 100Intro Psych4
SOC 100Introduction to Sociology4
Select one of the following:3-4
Agr Cons and Resource Econ
Microeconomic Principles
Macroeconomic Principles
ACES Required
ACES 101Contemporary Issues in ACES2
Human Development and Family Studies Required
HDFS 101Issues & Careers in HDFS1
HDFS 105Intro to Human Development3
HDFS 120Intro to Family Studies3
HDFS 220Families in Global Perspective3
HDFS 290Intro to Research Methods4
ACE 161Microcomputer Applications3
ACE 240Personal Financial Planning3
FSHN 120Contemporary Nutrition3
or CHLH 100 Contemporary Health
Select one of the following:3
Child Fam with Special Needs
Asian Families in America
Gender, Relationshps & Society
Asian American Youth
HDFS Study Abroad Experience
US Latina and Latino Families
LGBT Indiv, Fam & Community
Select one of the following:3-6
Early Childhood Curriculum Dev
Self-Help Group Dev & Process
Research Internship
Practicum in HDFS
Applied Research Methods
Required Concentration16-18
See specific requirements for each concentration listed below.
Additional courses must be completed to yield a total of 126 hours for graduation.
Total Hours126
Family Studies Concentration Required
HDFS 425Family Stress and Change4
Three courses selected from:9
Close Relationships
Inequality, Public Policy, and U.S. Families
Family Conflict Management
Family Adaptation & Resilience
One course selected from:3-4
Infancy & Early Childhood
Middle Childhood
Adult Development
Adolescent Development
Total Hours16-17