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Undergraduate Programs

The courses in our HDFS undergraduate programs help students develop critical thinking skills about evidence in the science of relationships and development. Our students build in-demand, practical skills for working with people in many stages of life, in many types of relationships, and across many social and cultural contexts.

Our graduates are equipped for diverse careers working with children, adults, and families. HDFS graduates can also translate these skills to other professional spheres like business settings or prepare for advanced graduate study.

Learn more about HDFS and how we support and prepare our students.

CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION

Understand early childhood development and create positive learning environments.

CHILD LIFE

Help children and families cope with the stress of illness, injury, and medical treatment.

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION IN A MOBILE SOCIETY (ONLINE)

Focus on the care and learning of diverse groups of young children, families, and communities.

FAMILY AND LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT

Understand and support individuals, families, and relationships throughout the lifespan.

MINOR IN HDFS

Understand and apply the science of development and relationships to work in other majors and careers while also building personal life skills.

UNDERGRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN APPLIED CHILD AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Understand the theory and research about developmental change and environmental influences from infancy through adolescence.

HONORS IN HDFS

Engage in challenging curriculum to learn deeply about individuals and families while building valuable relationships and conducting research with outstanding faculty and other high achieving HDFS students.

Why Mizzou HDFS?

  • Supportive culture with hands-on advising
  • Diversity and inclusion are foundational to our courses
  • Hands-on learning in the Child Development Lab and practica/internships in the community
  • Opportunities for research experience
  • Preparation for the exams for Child Life Certification or the Certified Family Life Educator credential
  • A strong foundation for graduate study in a wide variety of disciplines: marriage and family therapy, gerontology, social work, education, nursing, family law, business administration.
  • Nationally-recognized faculty who provide award-winning mentorship.

Graduates of HDFS must meet:

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