Human Development and Family Science Major

The field of human development and family science is dedicated to enhancing the relationships among individuals, families, communities and the environments in which they function. The educational and professional field of human development and family science take leadership in improving individual, family, and community well-being; impacting the development, delivery, and evaluation of consumer goods and services; influencing the creation of policy; and shaping societal change, thereby enhancing the human condition.

Students in Human Development and Family Science take foundation courses in content areas based upon the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) and the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) standards. In addition, students take restricted supporting courses in the program.

There are two options available within the major:

There are also three minors available that are related to the major:


Family and Consumer Sciences Education Option

The family and consumer sciences education option is designed for students who wish to become licensed to teach Family and Consumer Sciences in grades 5-12.  Upon completion of the degree, students are eligible for licensure in the state of Montana.  For more information on admission to the Teacher Education Program, Student Teaching, Licensure, Professional Expectations and more, please visit: http://catalog.montana.edu/undergraduate/education-health-human-development/department-education/teacher-education-program/.

Students who select the family and consumer sciences education option, learn to work through credit and not-for-credit education systems to empower individuals and families across the lifespan to manage the challenges of living and working in a diverse, global society. The unique focus is on families, work, and their interrelationships. The curriculum at MSU follows the National Standards for Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers and the National Standards for Family and Consumer Sciences Students. Therefore, students choosing this option will be well qualified to seek employment in a variety of educational settings including secondary public and private schools, extension, and public and private agencies. Upon successful completion of the program, candidates will be recommended for a Montana teaching license in Family and Consumer Sciences grades 5-12.

Students are encouraged to complete the Certified Family Life Educator and Accredited Financial Counselor ( HDFS 337, HDFS 338, and HDFS 339) designations as well as a teaching minor in a second field while attending MSU to further increase their professional opportunities.  Obtaining a teaching minor will require more than eight semesters. For more information on admission to the Teacher Education Program, student teaching, licensure, professional expectations and more, please visit: http://catalog.montana.edu/undergraduate/education-health-human-development/department-education/teacher-education-program/

Additionally, completion of the family and consumer sciences education option prepares undergraduate students to pursue graduate degrees in a variety of areas including family and consumer sciences, curriculum and instruction, school counseling, and adult education.

Students must receive a grade of "C" or higher in all required courses as outlined in the major.

Note: The teaching option requires 122 credits.


Freshman YearCredits
FallSpring
HDFS 101IS - Indiv and Fam Dev: Lifespan3  
HDFS 138 - Survey of Family Finance and Consumer Issues3  
M 105Q - Contemporary Mathematics (formerly M 145Q, Math for Liberal Arts)3  
Choose one of the following:3  
US 101US - First Year Seminar
or COMX 111US - Introduction to Public Speaking
Choose one of the following:3  
WRIT 101W - College Writing I
or University Core
CHTH 205 - Drugs and Society  3
EDEC 160 - Early Childhood Development  3
EDU 202 - Early Field Experience  1
EDU 223IS - Educ Psych and Adolescent Dev  3
Choose one of the following:  3
HDFS 218 - Design, Fashion, and Textiles
HDFS 219 - Apparel Construction
University Core  3
Year Total: 15 16
Sophomore YearCredits
FallSpring
EDU 370 - Integrating Tech into Educ2  
HDFS 239 - Contemporary Consumer Issues3  
HDFS 263 - Relationships and Fam Systems3  
HTH 220 - Human Sexuality3  
NUTR 221CS - Basic Human Nutrition3  
EDU 211D - Multicultural Education3  
Choose one of the following:  3
HDFS 219 - Apparel Construction
HDFS 218 - Design, Fashion, and Textiles
HDFS 271 - Statistical Measures of Well-Being  3
NUTR 226 - Food Fundamentals  3
NUTR 227 - Food Fundamentals Lab  2
University Core  3
Year Total: 17 14
Junior YearCredits
FallSpring
EDSP 306 - Exceptional Learners3  
EDSP 307 - Exceptional Learners Lab1  
EDU 382 - Assessmt, Curric, Instructn3  
HDFS 337 - Personal and Family Finance I3  
HDFS 371 - Research Methods in HHD3  
University Core3  
HDFS 338 - Personal and Family Finance II  3
HDFS 437 - Managing Work and Family  3
HDFS 450 - Curric Dev in FCS Education  3
HDFS 460 - Parenting  3
Choose one of the following:  3
HDFS 464 - Gndr, Rce, Clss, and Fam Diver
HDFS 465R - Family Law & Public Policy
Year Total: 16 15
Senior YearCredits
FallSpring
EDU 342 - Managing the Learning Envir3  
EDU 395 - Practicum3  
EDU 497 - Methods3  
HDFS 457 - Family Life Education3  
Electives 3  
EDU 408 - Professional Issues: K-12  2
EDU 495 - Student Teaching  12
Year Total: 15 14
Total Program Credits: 122

Human Development and Family Science Option

The human development and family science option is an interdisciplinary program that prepares students for careers working with individuals and families. The program focuses on the social-emotional, physical, mental, spiritual, cultural, and societal aspects of human development across the lifespan (infancy, middle childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and late adulthood).  Individuals develop in family contexts, and this program integrates the in-depth study of the family as a dynamic social unit. The program focuses on family behavior, strengths, and challenges using family-specific theoretical frameworks (family systems, family crisis) and research methods. Social, cultural, historical, political, and economic trends that influence family functioning and well-being are addressed. Students study a wide range of family issues including relational dynamics, parenting, human response to stress and crisis, family policies and laws, family finance and economics, work and family issues, and human services delivery and decision-making.

The human development and family science option provides a strong background for students seeking careers in human services, family life education, family policy, and financial counseling. The curriculum prepares students to work in a wide range of organizations and settings (community-based social services, family intervention, business, government and public policy, faith-based organizations, healthcare and family wellness, and non-profit organizations). The degree program also prepares students to be strong candidates for graduate programs in marriage and family therapy, counseling, family financial planning, human development, family science, social work, law, and other related behavioral and social science disciplines.

Students completing the degree may apply for provisional certification as a Certified Family Life Educator. MSU's human development and family science major (formerly known as family and consumer sciences major) is accredited by the National Council on Family Relations. Provisional certification is awarded at the completion of a baccalaureate degree and course work in the 11 family life substance areas. After two years' work experience, the student may apply for full CFLE certification.  Students are also encouraged to complete the courses required to take a national exam for the certification as an Accredited Financial Counselor (HDFS 337, HDFS 338, and HDFS 339).

Students must receive a grade of "C" or higher in all required courses as outlined in the major.


Freshman YearCredits
FallSpring
HDFS 101IS - Indiv and Fam Dev: Lifespan3  
HDFS 138 - Survey of Family Finance and Consumer Issues3  
M 105Q - Contemporary Mathematics (formerly M 145Q, Math for Liberal Arts)3  
Choose one of the following:3  
US 101US - First Year Seminar
or COMX 111US - Introduction to Public Speaking
Choose one of the following:3  
WRIT 101W - College Writing I
or University Core
Choose one of the following:  3
EDEC 160 - Early Childhood Development
HDFS 260 - Middle Childhood and Adolescent Development
HDFS 261 - Adult Development and Aging
LSCI 121 - Library Research Skills  2
Electives  4
University Core  6
Year Total: 15 15
Sophomore YearCredits
FallSpring
CHTH 205 - Drugs and Society3  
HDFS 239 - Contemporary Consumer Issues3  
HDFS 263 - Relationships and Fam Systems3  
Electives - Lower Division3  
University Core 3  
Choose one of the following:  3
EDEC 160 - Early Childhood Development
HDFS 260 - Middle Childhood and Adolescent Development
HDFS 261 - Adult Development and Aging
HDFS 271 - Statistical Measures of Well-Being  3
HTH 220 - Human Sexuality  3
NUTR 221CS - Basic Human Nutrition  3
University Core  3
Year Total: 15 15
Junior YearCredits
FallSpring
HDFS 337 - Personal and Family Finance I3  
HDFS 371 - Research Methods in HHD3  
Directed Electives6  
Electives3  
CHTH 435 - Human Response To Stress  3
Choose one of the following options:  3
HDFS 359 - Theories and Skills for the Human Services
or HDFS 338 and 339
HDFS 460 - Parenting  3
Directed Electives  6
Year Total: 15 15
Senior YearCredits
FallSpring
HDFS 455R - Program Planning and Administration in Family & Consumer Sciences3  
HDFS 457 - Family Life Education3  
HDFS 465R - Family Law & Public Policy3  
Directed Electives6  
HDFS 437 - Managing Work and Family  3
HDFS 464 - Gndr, Rce, Clss, and Fam Diver  3
HDFS 494 - Seminar/Workshop  1
HDFS 498 - Internship  3
Directed Electives  3
Electives  2
Year Total: 15 15
Total Program Credits: 120