Stephen F. Austin State University

Courses and Degree Plan

Courses & Degree Plan

BS Degree Plan Internship Experience


English (6 hrs), Communication (3 hrs), Math (3 hrs),

Science (6 hrs), Humanities (6 hrs), History (6 hrs),

Political Science (6 hrs), Social/Behavioral Science (3 hrs)


Human Sciences (32 hrs), Minor (6-9 hrs) (optional)


Human Sciences (21 hrs), Minor (6-9 hrs) (optional)

All HDFS students are assigned an Academic Advisor that

will assist with course sequencing and specific registration


During senior year, students will complete an internship

at a potential job/career location. This experience can be

in a variety of cities including, but not limited to, Nacogdoches,

Dallas, Houston, and Tyler

Students will earn 3 semester credit hours towards their degree

and it can be a paid or non-paid experience

Additional information can be found at

Appointments for Academic Advising can be made at

Course descriptions are found in the SFASU General Bulletin. Specifically, review information associated with the College of Education.

For optimal course sequencing, you can view the PDF below:

Degree Map Fall 2018

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.

HDFS Online Bachelor's Program can be completed fully online as a four year degree or as a completer program for students who have completed two-years of core courses at SFA or at another institute of higher learning:

Graduate Program:

To learn about our graduate program (Master's in Human Sciences with an HDFS concentration) please follow this link:

Course Descriptions

HMS 146 Introduction to Family and Child Development - Introduction to the history and development of the profession. Exploration of the diversity of job opportunities in the field of family and child.
HMS 201 Family Life Education - Introduction to the field of family life education and the philosophy and principles of family life education. Topics include planning, implementing and evaluating family life education programs in community and education settings.
HMS 236 Child Development - Developmental study of the child from birth through age six. Content includes theories, methods and sequences of development.
HMS 242 Family, School and Community Relations - Investigative study of the interrelationships among the young child, the home, school and community. Emphasis on parental involvement in schools.
HMS 317 Aging and the Family - This course provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the process of aging and senior adults. This course reflects the multi-disciplinary field of gerontology, which includes the historical, cultural, biological, physiological, psychological, and social aspects of aging. This course focuses on typical changes, support needs and outcomes experienced by adults and their family members as they age, and the quality of their relationships across the life course. Emphasis is given to the changes that are associated with aging and the resulting dynamic interactions between older people and their environment.
HMS 332 Communicating Human Sciences Content - Rationale, design, delivery and evaluation of professional presentations for diverse audiences; instructional interaction and product promotion.
HMS 336 Human Growth Development, Aging and the Family - Investigation of the developmental changes of individuals in families from birth to death. Content includes physical, emotional, cognitive, social, moral and personality development.
HMS 340 Family Approach to Middle Childhood/Adolescent Development - An in-depth study of developmental changes during middle childhood and adolescent years. Content includes physical growth and maturation, cognitive development processes, and social relationships with family and peers.
HMS 342 Pre-practicum - Study of professionalism and ethics in the early childhood and family life education environments. Emphasis on decision making, problem solving and collaborative efforts among early child and family service career professionals. Prerequisite: junior standing and child and family development major. Must take prior to HMS 420.
HMS 350 Sexuality Within the Context of the Family - This course entails reviewing, exploring and analyzing the various physical, psychological, social/emotional and behavioral aspects of human sexuality with an emphasis on interpersonal and family relationships throughout the lifespan. Topics to be addressed include but not limited to the reproductive system, gender roles, sexual identity and sexual orientation, sexual values, and decision making within the context of individual and family relationships.
HMS 353 Parenting - Practical approach to the process of parenting with a focus on effective parenting strategies from infancy through adolescence.
HMS 420 Practicum - Individualized instruction. Supervised on-the-job training program in the field.
HMS 430 Family Policy - This course focuses on the connections between public policies and families and the values that enter into policy debates and choices related to families. It provides conceptual frameworks that can be used to identify and understand some of the influences underlying policy choices affecting families and also frameworks for evaluating the consequences of these choices for families of diverse structures, socio-economic statuses, and racial and ethnic backgrounds.
HMS 440 Consumer Problems - Study of the role of the consumer in the marketplace; emphasis on priorities, decision making and consumer protection.
HMS 441 The Contemporary Family - The role of the family, the environment in which the family functions and its relationship to the quality of life; families as agents for change and intergenerational studies.
Prerequisite: junior or senior standing.
HMS 443 Infant Growth and Development - Impact of early experience on human development; prenatal, neonatal and infant growth and development.
Prerequisites: HMS 236 or consent of the instructor
HMS 459 Family Development - Emphasis on demands of successful living as an aid in coping effectively with the problems of family life.
Prerequisite: junior or senior standing.