Program Overview

The Program

The Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies (BS HDFS) is an online degree-completion program intended for technical college graduates with an associate’s degree or equivalent who wish to advance their professional opportunities. The online delivery of this program enables students with conflicting work or family commitments and those with other limitations related to on-campus instruction to continue their education.

This field is dedicated to the study of human development and family life in which the individual, family and community are viewed as interrelated. The program fosters positive sensitivity to the needs of families and their members through the lenses of relational interaction, culture, gender, age, life stage and much more.

The program is designed to be completed in two years with full-time, year-around enrollment. While we encourage our students to stay on track with course sequences, we understand that many of our students have work and family obligations that prevent them from attending full time. We support all of our students in achieving their educational goals while maintaining balance in their lives.  Our support will help students maintain academic rigor that suits their needs.

Career Preparation

With a comprehensive approach to learning, students will be well prepared to apply their education to the many disciplines that serve the needs of families. As a polytechnic university, UW-Stout integrates academic study with invaluable experiential learning. Students of the program will complete a senior practicum at sites such as hospitals, human service agencies, adolescent group homes or senior citizen programs.

Graduates of the program are prepared for positions in a number of arenas:

  • Child care management
  • Senior living center management or activities coordination
  • Residential treatment programs
  • Juvenile corrections
  • Family advocacy

The program also serves as an excellent foundation for advanced studies in marriage and family therapy, clinical social work, alcohol and drug counseling, professional counseling and many other disciplines.