UW-Stout's online Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Human Development & Family Studies (HDFS) is an interdisciplinary major focusing on the development of individuals across the lifespan, within the context of family and culture. If you're committed to living or working away from campus the program's multidisciplinary approach will provide you with both a broad perspective and specialized knowledge.
The B.S. Human Development and Family Studies undergraduate degree program at the University of Wisconsin-Stout has been reviewed by the National Council on Family Relations. It has been recognized as an NCFR CFLE-approved program offering coursework covering the content required for the Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) designation. Graduates of NCFR CFLE-approved programs qualify to apply for the CFLE designation via an Abbreviated Application process.
Enhanced Online Learning
Courses delivered 100% online by award-winning faculty
Consistent Fall, Spring, and Summer program course offerings
Support from Adult Student Services Coordinators and Distance Librarians
Efficient transferability of credits
Proven preparation for graduate school
Our experienced full-time faculty have created a flexible and enhanced online learning environment that fits your schedule with full time and part time options. The program's coursework is designed for a wide range of students including individuals with an associate’s degree or equivalent who wish to increase professional potential by earning a bachelor’s degree in HDFS.
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Our flexible customized instruction is designed for adult learners who are beginning their professional journey and transfer students who are wishing to advance their professional opportunities. The excellent transferability of credits assists you in completing your degree in a timely manner.
What We Offer
An established and highly reputable program
Applied learning opportunities
Professional networking opportunities
Excellent employment in the field
Proven preparation for graduate school
Our goal is to foster positive sensitivity to the needs of families and their members through the lenses of relationships, culture, gender, age, and life stage, among others. UW-Stout's Human Development and Family Studies program has a strong, established reputation of preparing our graduates to work in a variety of human service related areas.
"I was undeclared my freshmen year and then stumbled upon Human Development and Family Studies. I couldn't believe I had the opportunity to study familial relations, child development, and policies regarding families. I met so many amazing people and learned information that directly relates to my personal life. And we applied theories to situations in the working world."
-- Cyan Bower
B.S. Human Development & Family Studies
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Value for Your Money
Customized Instruction at UW Stout can be described as programs that are designed with the adult learner in mind. If you're comparing UW-Stout's online degree customized instruction (CI) tuition to our competitors, keep in mind:
To apply for the on-campus and online Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies, you need to apply to UW-Stout.
Students who are attending another institution, but are planning to receive their degree from UW-Stout, may be eligible to receive aid from UW‐Stout. In these cases, UW‐Stout is considered the Home Institution and the other campus is considered the Visiting Institution.Transfer Students
Upon completing the B.S. HDFS program, students will be able to:
Demonstrate professional competence in educational, civic, and career settings.
Integrate knowledge of family dynamics to enhance relational functioning.
Demonstrate cultural competence, inclusive of multiple aspects and intersections of diversity within a historical and social context.
Integrate understanding of the developmental processes in individuals across the lifespan, based on physical, social, emotional, cognitive, moral, and personality aspects within an ecological framework.
Critique social scientific knowledge as applied to families and human development.
Evaluate the impacts among and between societal institutions and families.
Demonstrate personal and interpersonal growth.
Demonstrate competent communication skills.
Our program is designed for students ranging from incoming freshmen who are beginning their professional journey to transfer students who are wishing to advance their professional opportunities. The excellent transferability of credits assists transfer students in completing their degree in a timely manner.