Program Plans and Curriculum

Selecting your program plan

UW-Stout recently revised undergraduate programs to (a) change General Education requirements and (b) meet a 120 credit limit. HDFS students will need to understand these changes and determine which program plans they are eligible for. Those students who are eligible for either program plan must decide to either stay in the current program (prior to Fall 2013) or move to the revised program (beginning Fall 2013). Also beginning Fall 2013 students may choose the three-year degree option. For more information to determine which program may benefit you the most, please view the video at right.

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Program Plans

Four-Year Course Sequences

Minor, Certification,
or Student-Designed Concentration

As part of their coursework, students in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) may select a minor, certification or specialization. Students may also design their own concentration to fit their career goals.

The 18 credit student-designed concentration is comprised of courses that you select in consultation with your adviser. As you consider courses to fulfill the 18 credits required for 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 link offers suggestions of courses to help you with this process. These suggested courses have been grouped under a variety of emphases or focuses to assist you with selection. Also, you’ll find a link that shares a variety of career settings possible with an HDFS degree.    

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

Program Video

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.