Stephen F. Austin State University

Human Development & Family Studies Emphasis

Master of Science in Human Sciences

Human Development and Family Studies Emphasis

The human development and family studies emphasis provides an in-depth understanding of the growth, change and development of children and families in a social context. Current information emphasizing a lifespan and family systems approach is taught. This knowledge base is essential for careers related to organizations or agencies that provide services to family and children.

Students pursuing the MSHS with a human development and family studies emphasis will complete the 18-hour MSHS core, which consists of:

Courses required of students pursuing the MSHS with a human development and family studies (HDFS) emphasis include:

Students will choose a final three or nine hours (depending on whether or not they are pursuing a thesis) in consultation with their advisor, based on the students' needs and interests.