Stephen F. Austin State University

Human Development and Family Studies

Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS)

The Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) program at Stephen F. Austin State University is designed to attract students, to enhance university visibility, and to prepare students to compete in the 21st century. The broad focus of the HDFS program allows graduates to start careers in a variety of fields and positions. The types of locations where a graduate with a degree in HDFS could work include adoption agencies, youth programs, child welfare, patient advocacy, hospitals, marriage and family enrichment programs, nursing homes, and corporate child care. HDFS graduates can work with children and families at all stages of life, as our classes cover topics from child development to gerontology.


HDFS provides an in-depth understanding of growth, change, and development of children, adults, and the family, while integrating a life-span, multi-contextual, and family systems approach. Graduates will find this theoretical knowledge essential for their professional careers in a service-oriented profession.


Education Annex Building (EDAN) is the current location of the HDFS program

Education Annex


Students are encouraged to join our student organization, Jack's Council on Family Relations (JCFR). JCFR's focus is to build networks and help families within the community by learning from each other and from professionals within related fields of study. JCFR's mission has both a service and professionalism emphasis. JCFR is a student affiliate of the National Council of Family Relations (NCFR), a leading professional organization in the field of HDFS.

HDFS Slideshow

Human Development and Family Studies Faculty

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HDFS Faculty


Degree Plan

This degree plan will inform you of the courses you need to complete to receive your degree in HDFS. All students should check with their advisor to ensure they are using the correct degree plan.

A minor in HDFS goes well with many majors including nursing, psychology, communication studies, and more! If you are interested in a minor in HDFS please look below to see what courses you would take.


For More Information

If you are interested in pursuing a professional career associated with our HDFS program, please to contact the School of Human Sciences directly at 936.468.4502 or email one of our current faculty members:


Considering giving back to SFA's Human Development and Family Studies Program?

Any interested party can do so by directly visiting Give to SFA. Step 1: Select other and specifically note School of Human Sciences HDFS Program. Step 2: Enter specific amount to be donated and any specific information such as apply to HDFS Excellence Fund. Step 3: Enter appropriate contact information.