B.S. Degree in Human Development and Family Studies

New HDFS students being mentored by junior- and senior-level HDFS students. New HDFS students being mentored by junior- and senior-level HDFS students. Izzy Merrill Interning at Positive Alternatives, a state-wide, non-profit. organization that seeks to empower at-risk youth, young adults, and families. Danny Gissing Interning at University Housing. Bo Vang Interning at the UW-Stout Multicultural Student Services.



The Bachelor of Science Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) program has a strong, established reputation of preparing its graduates to work in a wide range of human service related careers.

What we offer: 

  »  Established and highly reputable program

Well known in the field for quality education and effectively preparing graduates for being competent, ethical professionals. 

  »  Award winning instructors

Award winning teachers with advanced training and competencies in instruction.

  »  Applied learning opportunities

Experience diverse, hands-on curriculum that is personally and professionally relevant. Applied learning experiences include internships, service learning projects, and research experience. 

  »  Professional networking opportunities

Students attend and present at regional and national conferences.

  »  Excellent employment in the field

More than 90 percent employment of HDFS graduates within the field or in graduate programs.

  »  Proven preparation for graduate school

High placement rates of graduates in graduate programs of their choice, including: mental health counseling, social work, marriage and family therapy, school counseling, and vocational rehabilitation. 

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NCFR CFLE-Approved Program

National Council on Family Relations

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.