School of Human Ecology
Human Development and Family Studies
Professors Bogenschneider, Marks, Poehlmann, Riley, Roberts, Small, Uttal; Associate Professors Barber; Assistant Professors Dilworth-Bart, Hartley, Kirkorian, Papp, Sparks
The goal of the major in human development and family studies is to have students understand individual development and the important contributions families make to their members and to society. One major, Human Development and Family Studies, is offered. Within this major there are two options: (1) Child Development and (2) Family Studies.
Admission of on-campus applicants occurs in the spring and fall semesters. A cumulative grade point average of 2.8 is recommended to be eligible to apply. Please note that a 2.8 cumulative grade point average does not guarantee admission, as the program is competitive. Application deadlines are September 15 and February 15, or the following Monday if the date falls on a weekend.
On-campus students interested in learning about program admissions are encouraged to contact the Student Academic Affairs Office (email@example.com; 608-262-2608) to register for a "Becoming a SoHE Student" session.
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Application forms, curriculum check-sheets and program specific information are available at this link.
There are two options within the major in human development and family studies:
- child development option
- family studies option
Certificate programs are optional and are not required for graduation. UW-Madison-sponsored programs that may be relevant for HDFS students include:
NCFR Family Life Educator Certificate: Completion of the Family Studies option may qualify some graduating students for the Family Life Educator Certificate awarded by the National Council on Family Relations. Additional information is available at the NCFR website.
Criminal Justice Certificate: The Criminal Justice Certificate Program is a special sequence of courses and field work for students wanting to learn about the dynamics of America's criminal and juvenile justice systems. For additional information see Criminal Justice Certificate Program.
Gender and Women's Studies Certificate: This certificate program is open to undergraduates, graduate students and special students and requires 15 credits in gender and women's studies. For additional information see Undergraduate Certificate in Gender and Women's Studies.
Gerontology Certificate: The Specialist in Gerontology Certificate is designed to provide students with a broad, multidisciplinary overview of the field of aging. The information gained through completing the certificate program can help individuals, not only in their careers, but also in their personal lives as they and members of their families age. Additional information is available at the Gerontology Certificate website.