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Courses emphasize biological, psychological, social/cultural, and economic aspects of development. Through course work and undergraduate internships or research projects, students develop skills relevant to career objectives, such as counseling, human assessment, program planning and evaluation, and research.

Do you like to help people? Whether you’re interested in serving children, adolescents, families, or the aged, a career in human services might be what you are after.

Penn State DuBois offers two degrees in Human Development and Family Studies designed to prepare students for careers as human service workers: the associate (2-year) degree and the baccalaureate (4-year) degree. All of the credits earned in the associate degree program apply toward the baccalaureate degree. This enables students who wish to begin college by earning an associate degree to continue studying toward a bachelor’s degree without loss of credit or time.

Penn State DuBois also offers certificate programs in HDFS, one in Early Childhood Care and Education, one in Children, Youth and Family Services, and one in Adult Development and Aging Services. These certificate programs require 15 – 30 credits, all of which can be applied to an associate degree or baccalaureate degree, if the student wishes to continue. See the Continuing Education web site for more information about the certificate programs.

What makes the HDFS programs special?

  • All associate degree coursework applies toward the bachelor's degree.
  • The bachelor's degree program includes courses in development counseling, technology, and administration.
  • Student's receive practical, hands-on experience.
  • The faculty includes full-time professors and practitioners from the field.
  • Students have access to Penn State's resources within the friendly, personal atmosphere of a small campus.
  • Penn State DuBois can help you prepare to help others.