Frequently Asked Questions

Is this the appropriate degree program for me?

This program is for:

  1. Students who have completed an associate’s degree and would like to complete a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies and would prefer an online delivery option because of work, family and/or distance limitations.

  2. Students who have completed their university general education requirements but did not finish their degree and now wish to transfer to our online Human Development and Family Studies program to finish a bachelor's degree.

  3. Individuals who have a bachelor’s degree in another field and are interested in earning a degree that is focused on human services.

What is online learning?

Online learning enables interested students to enroll in university courses without the necessity of traveling to the university campus at set times. Online learning involves connecting to the World Wide Web to obtain content material, retrieve and submit assignments and have discussions with classmates and teachers. Participation in online courses occurs asynchronously allowing students to complete all class work independently and still participate personally with instructors and classmates.

Is financial aid available?

Investing in your future is one of the best investments you can make because it will pay you back over your lifetime. College graduates have greater ability to earn more money, have opportunities for more career and lifestyle choices, and gain priceless knowledge.

It’s imperative that our students have every opportunity to further their education without having to worry about limited financial resources.

Financial aid in the form of loans, scholarships and grants is available for degree-seeking students. You can apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov, or to speak with a financial aid advisor, call UW-Stout’s Financial Aid Office at 715/232-1363 or email finaid@uwstout.edu.

How does an online course differ from an on-campus course?

The difference between an online course and an on-campus course is in the method of accessing and engaging with the content materials. Course objectives and expectations are the same in an online course as an on-campus course, though the methods of delivery may differ significantly. In-class lectures are replaced by various multi-media presentations, students are generally expected to participate frequently in online discussion groups, and materials are accessed and submitted electronically. Materials are offered online (electronically) or may be purchased through online sources.

What system resources do I need to take an online course at the University of Wisconsin-Stout?

Students will need to have access to a computer and to the Internet to enroll in the B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies online program. Dial-up access to the Internet is required, and higher speeds of access (56kbs and higher) will enhance the experience of the course. Because of the interface used in our online courses, AOL is not recommended.

Some courses may include recorded audio and video components, so you will need internet "plug-ins" such as RealPlayer or Quicktime to view these components. You may check with the course instructor before the class begins to find out what additional components will be necessary. Many of these "plug-ins" are available to download free off of the internet. A listing of sites that offer commonly needed and downloadable plug-ins are provided for you on the Free Downloadable Plug-ins page found under Technical Support in the Learner Center.

Do I have to be an experienced Internet/computer user to take an online course?

In order to take an online course, you should be familiar with how to navigate the Internet, use e-mail, and be able to use word processing software (e.g. Microsoft Word). UW-Stout employs Microsoft products and access to this software is required. For some courses, you may be required to have knowledge of various related programs and software (e.g. MS Excel, MS Access, and others).

How does the online program work?

Students take a specific course sequence depending on their transfer credits and how many credits they would like to take per semester. A full time student who has completed his or her general education classes would be able to complete the degree in approximately two years, including summers. Here is a sample course sequencing chart.

May I transfer credits into the program from an earlier program?

Yes, when you apply and are accepted for admission, you will need to communicate with:

Julie Zaloudek, Online Program Director
124 Heritage Hall
UW-Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751

Phone: 715-232-2102
E-Mail: zaloudekj@uwstout.edu
Skype: juliezaloudek

Will I have access to the Stout Library?

Students enrolled in the online HDFS program will have access to the library resources and online catalog.

How can I get more information?

To request a packet of information, be added to our email mailing list, or for more information about the program, please contact

Julie Zaloudek, Online Program Director
124 Heritage Hall
UW-Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751

Phone: 715-232-2102
E-Mail: zaloudekj@uwstout.edu
Skype: juliezaloudek