The Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS), in the School of Health and Human Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, is committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service regarding human development and close relationships across the lifespan.
Our objectives are to educate the next generation of HDFS professionals and scholars, to generate new knowledge, and to foster the well-being of individuals and families in their everyday lives.
As a premier HDFS department, we focus on the following areas: early care and education; child, youth, and family development; aging.
Undergraduates can prepare for birth through kindergarten teacher licensure (as can our MEd graduate students) or focus on children’s and adolescents’ development in their diverse cultural, school, and family contexts.
M.S. and doctoral students examine the biological, relational, early educational, social, and cultural foundations of development and their implications for families. The emphasis on “culture” includes not only different societies, but also within-society cultural groups, such as racial/ethnic and social class groups. We are committed to interdisciplinary study, diversity, and internationalization.