Stephen F. Austin State University

Courses and Degree Plan

Degree Maps

Students interested in pursuing a major in human development and family studies will follow the degree map below. Students follow the degree map for the year that they declared their major as HDFS.

Past Degree Maps and Plans

Below are descriptions of the courses that Family and Consumer Sciences students will take during their enrollment. If you want to read course descriptions for any course at SFA, please refer to the online general bulletin.

School of Human Sciences Requirements

HMSC 1300 Foundations in Human Sciences: Introduction to the human sciences professions.

HMSC 3300 Professional Leadership in Human Sciences: Focus on leadership functions, protocol, etiquette, ethics, and public policy for working in the human sciences-related professions.

HDFS Major Requirements

HDFS 1346 Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies: Introduction to the history and development of the profession. Exploration of the diversity of job opportunities in the field of human development and family studies.

HDFS 2301 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.

HDFS 3313 Family Communication: Explores marital and family relationships and family systems to understand how families develop, maintain, enhance, and disturb family relationships through verbal and non-verbal communication.

HDFS 3317 Aging and the Family: Aging and the Family 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.

HDFS 3336 Human Growth, Development and Aging in the Family Content: Investigation of the developmental changes of individuals in families from birth to death. Content includes physical, emotional, cognitive, social, moral and personality development.

HDFS 3341 Contemporary Family Issues: 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.

HDFS 3350 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.

HDFS 3353 Parenting: Practical approach to the process of parenting with a focus on effective parenting strategies from infancy through adolescence.

HDFS 4310 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.

HMSC 3332 Communicating HMS Content: Rationale, design, delivery and evaluation of professional presentations for diverse audiences; instructional interaction and product promotion.

HMSC 4100 Professional Lecture Series: Interaction with professionals and industry executives.

HMSC 4120 Practicum: Individualized instruction. Supervised on-the-job training program in the field.

HMSC 4340 Consumer Problems: Study of the role of the consumer in the marketplace; emphasis on priorities, decision-making and consumer protection.

HDFS 4315 Family Development: Emphasis on demands of successful living as an aid in coping effectively with the problems of family life.

HDFS 4319 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.

NUTR 1138 Diet and Fitness: Overview of concepts related to food, nutrition and health.

TECA 1303 Families, School, and Community: Investigative study of the interrelationships among the young child, the home, school and community. Emphasis on parental involvement in schools.

TECA 1311 Educating Young Children: This lecture course provides an introduction to the importance and need for early childhood education from birth to age 8. It focuses on developmentally appropriate practice and gives an overview of observing and assessing young children. Other topics to be discussed include historical perspectives and the development of young children through the classroom curriculum.

TECA 1354 Child Growth and Development: Developmental study of the child from birth through age 6. Content includes theories, methods and sequences of development.

Minoring in HDFS

Students who are interested in HDFS as a minor have the option to complete 19 hours worth of HDFS courses. An HDFS minor goes well with many majors including nursing, psychology, communication studies, and more!

Students minoring in HDFS must complete 9 hours from the following courses:

HDFS 1346 Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies: Introduction to the history and development of the profession. Exploration of the diversity of job opportunities in the field of human development and family studies.

HDFS 2301 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.

HDFS 3336 Human Growth, Development and Aging in the Family Content: Investigation of the developmental changes of individuals in families from birth to death. Content includes physical, emotional, cognitive, social, moral and personality development.

Additionally, minors will need to select 9 hours from the following courses:

HDFS 3317 Aging and the Family: Aging and the Family 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.

HDFS 3341 Contemporary Family Issues: 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.

HDFS 3350 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.

HDFS 3353 Parenting: Practical approach to the process of parenting with a focus on effective parenting strategies from infancy through adolescence.

HDFS 4310 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.

HDFS 4315 Family Development: Emphasis on demands of successful living as an aid in coping effectively with the problems of family life.

HMSC 4340 Consumer Problems: Study of the role of the consumer in the marketplace; emphasis on priorities, decision-making and consumer protection.

Academic Advising

Upon your enrollment in our program, you will be assigned an Academic Advisor. This advisor is a professional who directly works with you in serving as an academic resource. Your advisor will guide you on which courses to take, when you need to take them, interpret university policies, as well as help you maintain academic success! At SFA, we require our students to meet with their academic advisor a minimum of once per semester.

In the Perkins College of Education, regardless of your major, you will be assigned to our Freshman Achievement Advisor who has extensive expertise in working with freshman students as they transition to college. Once you gain sophomore or higher standing, you will be assigned your major specific advisor for Human Development & Family Studies. Please refer to the Academic Advisors for the James I. Perkins College of Education website to contact your advisor!