The human development and family science degree program focus on the processes underlying human development in a family context across the life cycle. Students learn to implement and assess programs and services designed to strengthen and enhance individual and family well-being.

Students are allowed to establish a solid background in human development while studying a specific discipline of their choice. Individuals with degrees in human development and family science strive to serve the greater good along a specific academic discipline such as psychology, sociology, gerontology or women's studies and are employed in various social service arenas.

Students can work with an academic advisor to customize their degree path toward their own particular interests. Graduates who have completed all of the degree requirements including the internship series are qualified to apply for the Provisional Certified Family Life Education (CFLE) designation administered by the National Council on Family Relations.


Job opportunities in human development and family science include positions in:

  • administrative roles in youth programs
  • the court system
  • Cooperative Extension
  • family support programs
  • public health departments


Kansas State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Program taught in:
  • English
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