Human Development and Family Studies

Human Development and Family Studies

Human Developments and Family Studies

This dynamic program is designed to help you prepare for work in the expanding human services field. It blends the theoretical underpinnings of human development across the life span with handson, applied practice in community settings. As a unique feature of this program, you will become familiar with the specific human services organizations and needs in Pennsylvania. In fact, we developed this program with input and advice from community and human services leaders throughout the state.

The program is particularly appropriate for those who are interested in pursuing careers in applied psychology and sociology, social work, counseling, and programs serving children, youth, the elderly, and families.

Studentcentered, cooperative learning, and experiential learning are important parts of the Human Development and Family Studies Life Span Human Services Option at Penn State Altoona. Courses emphasize biological, psychological, social/cultural, and economic aspects of individual and family development. Courses in the major also help you develop written and oral communication skills, acquire contemporary computer skills, and participate in team building and group experiences. Undergraduate internships and research projects will help you develop skills relevant to your career objectives. You should expect a high degree of faculty/student interaction.