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Department of Human Development and Family Studies
228 Stone Building

IntroductionHuman Development & Family Studies Major (BS)Option I Developmental Foundations in Preschool EducationOption Ia Non-Licensure ProgramOption Ib Birth through Kindergarten Teacher Licensure ProgramOption II Child and Adolescent Development in the FamilyOption III Adult Development and Aging in the FamilyOption IV Business and Community Services for Individuals and FamiliesHDF MinorHDF Courses

David H. Demo, Professor and Chair of Department
Excellence Fund Professor Kivett; Professors Dilworth-Anderson, Lange, Watson; Associate Professors Cassidy, MacKinnon-Lewis, Morgan, Pasley, Tudge; Assistant Professors Fletcher, Hestenes, Kerpelman, Shoffner; Adjunct Faculty Canaday, Clawson, White; Lecturer Taylor

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies offers an undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development and Family Studies. The programs include the study of the development of individuals and families throughout the life span, seeking to improve their well-being through the creation, use, and dissemination of knowledge. Programs of study in the department are multidisciplinary, requiring a synthesis of knowledge from the social and behavioral sciences, and from the field of education. The goal of the Human Development and Family Studies Department is to provide the best opportunity in North Carolina for undergraduates to prepare for careers in child, adolescent, adult, aging and family care services; in business and community consumer services for families; teaching at the preschool level; and in cooperative extension and state agencies.

The Human Development major offers students the choice of four options. The Developmental Foundations in Preschool Education option prepares students for careers in child care centers and agencies, private kindergartens, and hospitals. Teacher licensure in Birth through Kindergarten education is available in this option. The Child and Adolescent Development in the Family option prepares students for careers in community agencies that serve children, adolescents, and their families. The Adult Development and Aging in the Family option prepares students for careers in community agencies that serve adults, the elderly, and their families. The Business and Community Services for Individuals and Families option prepares students for family and consumer related careers in business, industry, and governmental and community service agencies.

The internship program within the Department as well as student organizations provide students with opportunities for professional experiences in the career field of their choice. The Department also administers the Child Care Education Programs at three sites with an enrollment of 80 children in all-day care; two Curry Mainstream Preschools are operated in conjunction with the Governor Morehead School for the Blind, and the Guilford County Schools. All serve as laboratories for the study of children and their families. The Family Research Center conducts research and policy studies that are aimed at improving life for children and families.

Admission to the Human Development Major

Any student may declare Human Development as a major upon entering the university. Students must meet the department requirements of the current catalog at the time they declare Human Development as their major.

Declaring Human Development as a major does not assure admission to the program. A student must be formally admitted to the Department of Human Development and Family Studies to register for advanced courses and complete work for the degree.

Criteria for Admission:

  1. Completion of the following group of foundation courses with a C or better: HDF 211, 212, and 302 or 303 or 304
  2. 51 semester hours (junior standing) with a minimum overall GPA of 2.2
  3. Transfer students with 51 semester hours may apply for admission after completing 12 semester hours at UNCG.

Students will not be permitted to take upper division courses in the department (HDF 412, 425, 435, 441, 452, 460, 500, 512, 522, 532, 542, 552, 560, 582) unless they have been formally admitted to the major (or in the case of non-majors, have the permission of the instructor).

Admission forms are available in the department office in Stone Building. Admission should normally be sought during the second semester of the sophomore year.

 

Human Development and Family Studies Major (Bachelor of Science)

Required: 122 semester hours

 

All-University Liberal Education Requirements (AULER) (45-46 semester hours)

All students in this program must meet AULER requirements. Specific area requirements are indicated under appropriate options.

  1. Analytic and Evaluative Studies (AE), 3 sh
  2. British or American Literature (BL), 3 sh
  3. Fine Arts (FA),3
  4. Historical Perspectives on Western Culture (HP), 3 sh
  5. Mathematics (MT), 3 sh
  6. Natural Science (NS), 6 or 7 sh
    (Please see specific requirements listed under appropriate Option)
  7. Non-Western Studies (NW), 3 sh
  8. Reasoning and Discourse (RD), 6 sh
    Required: ENG 101 or FMS 103 or RCO 101 for 3 of the 6 credits
  9. Social and Behavioral Sciences (SB), 6 sh
    Required: PSY 121 and one other course (see Options)
    (Please see specific requirements listed under appropriate Option)
  10. World Literature (WL), 3 sh
  11. AULER Electives (from any area listed above or foreign language), 6 sh
    (Please see specific requirements listed under appropriate Option)

See AULER area requirements and courses meeting those requirements.

 

Major Requirements

OPTION I: Developmental Foundations in Preschool Education

1a. Non-Licensure Program

  1. Foundation Courses: HDF 211*, 212*, 302*, 410, 411
    * taken as AULER courses
  2. Skills and Professional Courses: 425, 435, 441, 450 (6 sh), 452, 482, 522, 532, 552
  3. AULER Requirements as outlined above, to include these specific required course(s):
  • For the Natural Science Area (NS) - BIO 111 and FNS 213, 7 sh
  • For the Social and Behavioral Sciences Area (SB) - PSY 121 and HDF 302, 6 sh
  • For the AULER Electives (EL) - HDF 211 and HDF 212, 6 sh
  1. Additional requirements outside HDF: CUI 240; EDC 240; HEA 236 or NUR 345; LIS 556 or CUI 346; MUS 361 or ART 367

1b. Birth Through Kindergarten Teacher Licensure Program

  1. HDF Major Requirements: 21 sem hrs
    HDF 211*, 212*, 302, 410, 411, 412, 452, 532, 552
    * taken as AULER courses
  2. AULER Requirements as outlined above, to include these specific required course(s):
  • For the Mathematics Area (MT) - MAT 112, 3 sh
  • For the Natural Science Area (NS) - BIO 111 or CHE 106-110, and GEO 103 or 311,
    7 sh
  • For the Social and Behavioral Sciences Area (SB) - HDF 212 and PSY 121, 6 sh
  • For the AULER Electives (EL) - FNS 213 and HDF 211, 6 sh
  1. Integrated Methods Courses: 11 sem hrs
    HDF/CUI 425, 435, 441
  2. Teacher Education Requirements*: 30-31 sem hrs
  • CUI 240, 516; ELC 381; ESS 342; HDF 460 (12 sem hrs); NUR 345 or HEA 369
  • Two courses to be selected from the following: ART 367, BCT 596, DCE 345, LIS 556 or CUI 346, MUS 361
  1. Interdisciplinary Course Requirements: 12 sem hrs
    CED 310; EDC 240; SWK 584

*NOTE: To be admitted to Teacher Education, students must achieve a 2.5 overall GPA and a passing score on PRAXIS. Students are also required to be certified in First Aid and CPR prior to student teaching.

 

OPTION II: Child and Adolescent Development in the Family

  1. Foundation Courses: HDF 210, 211*, 212*, 302, 303, 405, 410, 411, 522
    * taken as AULER courses
  2. Skills and Professional Courses: HDF 377, 412, 500, 6 sh
  3. AULER Requirements as outlined above, to include these specific required course(s):
  • For the Natural Science Area (NS) - BIO 105 and FNS 213, 6 sh
  • For the Social and Behavioral Sciences Area (SB) - PSY 121 and HEA 260,6 sh
  • For the AULER Electives (EL) - HDF 211 and HDF 212, 6 sh
  1. Additional requirements outside HDF: MGT 200; SWK 560 or 584; PSY 341 or 346; HEA 331, 333 or 347; CED 310; SOC 222 or 312 or 317

 

OPTION III: Adult Development and Aging in the Family

  1. Foundation Courses: HDF 210, 211*, 212*, 303, 304, 405, 407, 410, 411, 562
    * taken as AULER courses
  2. Skills and Professional Courses: HDF 377, 412, 500, 6 sem hrs
  3. AULER Requirements as outlined above, to include these specific required course(s):
  • For the Natural Science Area (NS) - BIO 105 and FNS 213, 6 sh
  • For the Social and Behavioral Sciences Area (SB) - PSY 121 and SOC 211, 6 sh
  • For the AULER Electives (EL) - HDF 211 and HDF 212, 6 sh
  1. Additional requirements outside HDF: HEA 334 or 347 or 369; MGT 200; SOC 586 or PSY 506; SWK 550 or 570 or 580; CED 310; LES 222 or 231

 

OPTION IV: Business and Community Services for Individuals and Families

  1. Foundation Courses: HDF 210, 211, 212, 303, 304, 405, 407, 410, 512
  2. Skills and Professional Courses: HDF 377, 500, 557; three courses from the following: CED 310; CST 200: ENG 327; HDF 522, 525; MGT 309
  3. AULER Requirements as outlined above, to include these specific required course(s):
  • For the Natural Science Area (NS) - FNS 213 plus one other NS course, 6 sh
  • For the Reasoning and Discourse Area (RD) - ENG 101 and CST 105 or 341, 6 sh
  • For the Social and Behavioral Sciences Area (SB) - PSY 121 and SOC 211, 6 shs
  • For the AULER Electives (EL) - ECO 201 and HDF 211, 6 sh
  1. Cognate Courses: a minor is required as a cognate. See major advisor for recommended minors.

Electives

Electives sufficient to complete total semester hours required for degree. No more than one third may be human environmental sciences courses.

 

Human Development and Family Studies Minor

Completion of 18 hours in HDF courses: HDF 211, 212, 302 or 303 or 304, and 410 or 411; 6 additional hours from HDF 412, 512, 522, 532, 552.

 

Human Development and Family Studies Courses (HDF)

Courses For Undergraduates

210 Aspects of the Personal Environment (3:3).

Study of reciprocal relationships between families and environments. Emphasis given to family needs, stage in the life cycle, and lifestyles as they are influenced by cultural, social, political, economic, and technological forces.

211 Life Span Development in the Human Environment (3:3).

Development of human beings prenatally through death. Emphasis on environmental interactions across the life span. This is a foundation course for Human Development majors. [SB, CSB].

212 Developmental Patterns of the Family (3:3).

Developmental characteristics, behavior, and interpersonal relations among family members in various stages of family life cycle. [SB, CSB].

302 Infant and Child Development in the Family (3:3). Pr. 211, 212 for majors, or consent of instructor.

Examination of contemporary theories, methods and research findings in the study of development from conception through middle childhood. The role of the family, peers, and school will be emphasized. [SB, CSB].

303 Adolescent Development in the Family (3:3). Pr. 211, 212 for HDF majors.

Examination of theories, methods, and research findings in the study of development from pre-adolescence through post-adolescence. Ecological perspectives associated with the role of family, peer group, and school on individual development.

304 Adult Development in the Family (3:3). Pr. 211 and 212 or permission of instructor.

Examination of growth and development from early to late adulthood in the context of family life. Emphasis on the major stages of adulthood as they relate to family functioning.

346 Consumer Decision Making (3:3). Pr. junior standing, 212, or HEB 210, or consent of instructor.

Introduction to rational decision-making in relation to consumer purchases, financial services, and economic changes. Study of consumer protection, consumer fraud, and consumer rights and responsibilities.

377 Professional Orientation to Business and Community Services for Individuals and Families (3:3).

Identification and exploration of business and community service careers related to individuals and families.

401 Special Problems in Human Development and Family Studies (1 to 6).

Individual study. Conference hours to be arranged.

405 Family Resource Management (3:2:3).

Management of human, economics, and environmental resources, examination of managerial behaviors of individuals and families including: valuing, goal setting, problem solving, and decision-making, planning and implementation.

407 Current Issues Affecting Women and Families (3:3).

Contemporary and changing issues affecting individuals and families and their environment. Multidisciplinary approach to decision making and problem-solving.

410 Cultural Variations in Families and Children (3:3). Pr. 211, 212, 302 or 303.

The study of children and families that vary as a function of differing cultural family backgrounds (nation of origin, religious orientation, ethnicity) and social stratification.

411 Individual Variations in Families and Children (3:3). Pr. 211, 212, 302 or 303.

The study of children and child-family relationships that vary as a function of atypical development and behavior in the children or variant family forms (single parent families, stepparent and extended families).

412 Family Observation and Assessment (3:3). Pr. 211, 212, 302 or 303. Formal admission to Human Development major or permission of instructor required.

Examination of fundamentals of observing and assessing family functioning. Review of self-report measures and observational techniques for assessing family functioning. Experience in administration, data reduction, and reporting will be included.

422 Interrelationships between Families and the Community (3:3). Pr. 211, 212, 302 or 303.

Multifaceted interrelationships between families and the community. Implementation of public policy. Observation and participation in community agencies serving families.

425 Infant and Toddler Programs: Foundations and Methods (4:3:3). Pr. 211, 302, CUI 240; 2.5 GPA. Formal admission to Human Development major required.

Theories, principles, methods and issues related in infant and toddler programs. An emphasis on integrating knowledge with skills to design, implement, and evaluate programs. Laboratory experience required. (Same as CUI 425)

435 Preschool Curriculum (4:3:3). Pr. 211, 302, CUI 240; 2.5 GPA. Formal admission to Human Development major required.

Provides information on principles and components of preschool curricula, and strategies of learning for preschool children. Emphasis includes preschool children with and without disabilities. Laboratory experience is required. (Same as CUI 435)

441 Managing Preschool Children's Environments (3:3). Pr. 211, 302, CUI 240; 2.5 GPA. Formal admission to Human Development major required.

Principles and methods of working with typical and atypical preschool children. Emphasis on identifying and evaluating strategies for enhancing children's development within a program setting. (Same as CUI 441)

446 Family Economics (3:3). Pr. 346.

Economic principles applied to family formation, market and non-market work, household consumption, production, investment activity, and leisure. Discussion of human capital, fertility and economic well-being.

450 Supervised Teaching in Preschool Centers (3:1:8) or (6:1:17). Pr. 211, 212, 302, 411, 532, 542; 2.5 GPA. Formal admission to Human Development major and permission of instructor required.

Planned experiences under supervision for students teaching children enrolled in the preschool centers and community agencies.

452 Child Observation and Assessment (3:3). Pr. 211, 212, 302 or 303. Formal admission to Human Development major or permission of instructor required.

Theoretical, practical, ethical issues in the observation and assessment of children. Laboratory assignments cover direct observation, questionnaires and standardized testing. Applications for research, education, diagnosis, program evaluation will be discussed.

460 Supervised Student Teaching and Seminar (12:3:27). Pr. HDF/CUI 425, 435, 441; 2.5 GPA; and permission of instructor. Must be admitted to the Teacher's Academy.

Supervised student teaching in a preschool setting under direction of a cooperating teacher with university supervision. Full-time teaching assignment in a preschool setting for a full semester with weekly seminars.

475 Research Methods in Human Development and Family Studies (3:3). Pr. STA 108, HDF 2l1, 212, 302 or 303. Formal admission to Human Development major or permission of instructor required.

An introductory examination of human development (child and family) research methods designed to provide an understanding of scientific inquiry, methodology, measurement, test construction, scaling, and statistical terms and techniques.

482 Administration of Dependent Care Programs (3:3). Pr. 211, 212, 302 or 303, 532 or equivalent. Formal admission to Human Development major or permission of instructor required.

Major areas of planning and administering dependent care programs, including programming, scheduling, reporting, financing, housing, equipping, staffing, and working with families.

493 Honors Work (3-6). See prerequisites under Honors Program, XXX 493.

 

Courses For Advanced Undergraduates and Graduate Students

500 Supervised Professional Experience (1-6:0:3-12). Pr. 211, 212, 302 or 303, 377. Formal admission to Human Development major and permission of instructor required.

Supervised professional experience in selected commercial or industrial organizations, public or private agencies.

502 Changing Roles of Men and Women (3:3). Pr. 211, 212, 410 or permission of instructor.

Philosophical, political, and technological influences on roles of men and women in the past, present, and future and their relationship to the family.

510 Child and Family Ecology (3:3). Pr. 412 and 452, or graduate standing.

Study of children and families in their social contexts; examination of issues such as parent-child relations, child maltreatment, divorce and single-parent families, and work-family linkages.

512 Current Family Theory and Research (3:3). Pr. 211, 212, 302, or 303; admission restricted to degree candidates or by permission of instructor. Formal admission to Human Development major or permission of instructor required.

Topical issues concerning family function: e.g., single parenting, teen pregnancy, alternative family forms, ethnic and racial minorities, and parent care. Provides broad background in research/theories. Writing and editing emphasized.

522 Theories and Principles of Parenting (3:2:3). Pr. 211, 212, 302 or 303, 410 or 411; admission restricted to degree candidates or by permission of instructor. Formal admission to Human Development major or permission of instructor required.

Overview of parent education with special emphasis on parent-child relationships; problems and procedures of teachers working with children and/or families; problem areas and implications of research with parents and their children.

525 Work and Family Linkages (3:2:2).

Principles of work simplification and their application to specific situations of work in and out of the home, and to how it influences family relations. (Not offered every year)

527 Problems in Human Development and Family Studies (2 to 6). Pr. 211, 212.

In-depth study of new areas in child and family studies such as: children and technology; multi-cultural families; developmental consequences of child maltreatment.

528 The Family in the Middle Years (3:3). Pr. permission of instructor.

Issues surrounding the family in the middle years from a developmental and societal view. (Formerly HDF 628)

532 Foundations of Preschool Education (3:3). Pr. 211, 212, 302. Formal admission to Human Development major or permission of instructor required.

Philosophies, principles, methods, and materials involved in preschool education. Emphasis placed on staff qualifications and responsibilities.

552 Current Developmental Theory and Research (3:3). Pr. 211, 212, 302 or 303. Formal admission to Human Development major or permission of instructor required.

Seminar designed to examine current issues in development. Emphasis placed on current research literature, theories, and applications across the lifespan. Writing and editing are emphasized.

557 Informational Processes in Human Environmental Sciences (3:3). Pr. permission of instructor; computer literacy required.

Application of communication skills, demonstration techniques, and design principles in presenting information related to human environmental sciences. Use of computers to facilitate presentation of information.

562 Family Gerontology (3:2:3). Pr. 211, 212, and consent of instructor.

Study of the older family members and their relationships with other family members in regard to their physical, social, and environmental situations, life adjustment, and sources of assistance. Observation and participation included.

583 Leadership and Mentoring Roles in Educating Young Children (3:3).

An examination of advanced leadership and mentoring skills for those who develop and implement early childhood programs for typically and atypically developing young children and their families.

Please refer to The Graduate School Bulletin for additional graduate level courses.


 
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