Human Development and Family Studies


The Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS), in the School of Health and Human Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, is committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service regarding human development and close relationships across the lifespan.  Our objectives are to educate the next generation of HDFS professionals and scholars, to generate new knowledge, and to foster the well-being of individuals and families in their everyday lives.   

As a premier HDFS department, we focus on the following areas: early care and education; child, youth, and family development; aging.  Undergraduates can prepare for birth through kindergarten teacher licensure (as can our MEd graduate students) or focus on children's and adolescents' development in their diverse cultural, school, and family contexts.  M.S. and doctoral students examine the biological, relational, early educational, social, and cultural foundations of development and their implications for families.  The emphasis on “culture” includes not only different societies, but also within-society cultural groups, such as racial/ethnic and social class groups.  We are committed to interdisciplinary study, diversity, and internationalization. 


Congratulations to May 2014 Graduates
The HDFS Convocation honoring students receiving degrees in 2014 was held on Thursday, May 8th. If you wish to watch parts of the ceremony online, we invite you to do so. CLICK HERE TO WATCH. The first 6 minutes, 15 seconds is a quartet playing. The procession then begins. The recording captures welcoming remarks and giving of awards but not the presentation of diplomas. Hannah Mould and Jenni Su were honored as the outstanding undergraduate and graduate students, respectively.


Stephanie Coard appears on UNC-TV talking about "Educating Black Boys".

Jinni Su Selected as Outstanding Graduate Student

Yuliana Rodriguez wins Gladys Strawn Bullard Award

Andrea Hunter piece on Trayvon Martin case featured on NPR

First UNCG Guarantee graduate is an HDFS Major! (docx)

Carol Johnston wins award from Center for Research on Families