Program Plans and Curriculum

Program Plans

Four-Year Course Sequences


Minor, Certification,
or Student-Designed Concentration

Students may choose to complete a minor, specialization or a student-designed concentration. If interested in a minor or specialization, students should be in contact with the advisor of that particular minor or specialization to get more information and to formally declare the minor or specialization. 

The 15 credit student-designed concentration is comprised of courses that you select in consultation with your HDFS faculty adviser. As you consider courses to fulfill the concentration, you should keep in mind your career goals and populations you are interested in working with, as well as your strengths and interests. The following links offer suggestions of courses to help you with this process.

Students are required to complete a Concentration Approval form if completing a concentration instead of a minor or specialization. The formal/required form should be completed with your adviser upon registration for the last credits used for the concentration.

Certified Family Life Educator

Our program is approved by the National Council of Family Relations for the provisional Certified Family Life Educator credential. As this certificate is granted by the National Council on Family Relations, you should refer to NCFLE's certification webpage for the requirements and application process. Please note the following course requirements for the certification.
  • HDFS-313 Parent Education (2 credits)
  • FCSE-451 Family Life Ed programs (2 credits)
  • Plus 14 credits from suggested lists.

    Required courses for the Provisional Certified Family Life Educator require a “C” or better.

Wisconsin Social Work Training Certificate

HDFS students interested in social work as a career can use a student-designed concentration to obtain a Wisconsin Social Work Training Certificate (SWTC). In order to apply for a SWTC, HDFS graduates must complete all five social work courses (15 credits) and an 8-credit internship at UW-Stout. They then have two years to pass a national and state examination in social work. Upon successful completion of these requirements, HDFS graduates would be awarded a certified social worker title in the State of Wisconsin. This certification can assist in obtaining entry-level social work positions in Wisconsin, but is not equivalent to being a licensed social worker. Students interested in becoming a licensed social worker and working in other states than Wisconsin are encouraged to obtain a Masters in Social Work (MSW).


Program Progress Review

The Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) Program Progress Review policy is designed to: 

  1. provide students and undergraduate degree candidates with information related to their progress in acquiring skills and competencies essential to professional practice; and

  2. provide program faculty with the necessary information. 

Forms for Program Progress Review:


Undergraduate Bulletin



Transfer Information

Student Forms

Substitutions, waivers and concentrations should be discussed with your adviser and/or program director. Forms are available on the Student Forms page of the Provost's Office website.