BA Human Development and Family Science
This Human Development and Family Science degree at George Mason University prepares its graduates to use family-centered and strengths-based approaches to support the health and well-being of individuals and families in diverse communities.
$ 16,485 per semester
Fairfax, United States
About the program
The HDFS curriculum prepares students to effectively engage with families across the lifespan and in a variety of service settings and professions, from early childhood education and care to family law and policy advocacy.
Our Human Development and Family Science degree at George Mason University prepares students to critically analyze complex family issues, advocate for families in schools, communities, and in the policy arena, and address social-structural factors contributing to and influencing family functioning, health, and well-being (e.g., poverty and wealth inequality, immigration and illegalization, family homelessness, incarceration, family violence, and discrimination and structural violence such as racism, nationalism, or heterosexism).
Graduates will have a strong interdisciplinary foundation in the HDFS field and competencies in 10 areas as established by the National Council on Family Relations, including:
- internal dynamics of relationships and families
- human growth and development
- family-and community-based program planning, implementation, and evaluation
- social policies and laws affecting families
- family diversity
- research methodology
- professional ethics as related to the HDFS field
- Individual and Family Development (Mason Core)
- Family Financial Literacy and Resource Management
- Individual and Family Services Delivery
- Advanced Family Processes (Mason Core)
- Family Law and Public Policy