Why Study Human Development and Family Science?
Human development students are prepared to work with many different types of people from infants to older adults. Our interdisciplinary approach will prepare you to do research and contribute to the field of human development while gaining experience.
We offer a major that's flexible in content and has an emphasis on practical application. You will have the opportunity to take courses in childhood and adolescence, adulthood and aging, family relationships, and human services while completing a hands-on field experience.
We also offer several graduate programs. Early childhood development, family studies, adult development and aging, and marriage and family therapy are available on the main campus in Blacksburg, Virginia. A master's degree in marriage and family therapy is offered in the National Capital Region. Many of our students conduct research in the four centers that serve as living laboratories, including Adult Day Services, Child Development Center for Learning and Research, Family Therapy Center, and Center for Family Services. Graduates are well prepared for careers or graduate school in human services, health care, education, business, non-profit administration, and government.
Beyond the Classroom
Our programs offer lots of opportunities for you to enrich your education, both inside and outside of class.