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. 

WHAT'S NEW? ******************


Early Childhood Network Launched at UNCG!

MS and Ph.D general program online Open Houses scheduled 11/3 (5pm). Requires a Gmail or UNCG email address. Please RSVP to for an invitation to participate.

MS/Ph.D in early childhood focus-- online open houses On Oct 29 and Nov 17th. They are from 5-6pm. Requires a Gmail or UNCG email address. Please RSVP to for an invitation to participate.

Nicole Perry's article featured in Developmental Psychology journal

Jinni Su Selected as Outstanding Graduate Student

Yuliana Rodriguez wins Gladys Strawn Bullard Award

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


Upcoming Events: Graduate Program Online Open Houses 10/29, 11/3 and 11/17 (see above). Colloquium talks Nov 14th and Dec 5th, both at 12pm in Stone 186.