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HDFS Majors and Programs
B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies
The Department of Human Development & Family Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign engages in teaching, research, and outreach to improve the lives of children, youth, and adults in the contexts of families, communities, and societies. The department creates an environment where these efforts are enriched by a multicultural perspective.
Child & Adolescent Studies Concentration
The child and adolescent development concentration combines course work with practical experience to provide students with a broad base of knowledge regarding the physical, cognitive, and social development of children and adolescents. The diverse types of positions take by graduates of this concentration include early childhood educator, parent educator, child life specialist, adoption caseworker, and director of a day care center.
Family Studies Concentration
Students in the family studies concentration focus on how families operate, develop, and change in response to the challenges of modern life. Course work covers the latest research and theories about dating, marriage, parenthood, divorce, life in single-parent and step-families, gender differences, and how families can learn to manage conflicts. Positions take by graduates of this concentration include family counselor, human resource specialist, caseworker, and family services coordinator.
Ph.D concentration in Human Development & Family Studies
The concentration in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) focuses on positive development and resilience of children, youth, and family in everyday life contexts. Regarding children and youth, our faculty emphasize social and emotional development, in family, community, and other settings.
B.S. in Agricultural Education
The Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education prepares students for positions requiring expertise in formal and informal education. Examples include teaching agriculture in the public schools; cooperative extension work; training and program development; and other education-related positions in agricultural and environmental agencies and businesses.
M.S. in Agricultural Education
A Master's degree in Agricultural Education prepares students as practitioners in agricultural business, formal and non-formal education, extension education, and other agriculture related fields. Our graduates are adept at developing and implementing programs that prepare individuals for the agricultural industry and keep the general public literate of the importance of the agriculture, food, fiber and natural resources in our daily living.