Why Major in HDFS?
The Associate in Science in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) major at Penn State Brandywine integrates practical and academic experiences to provide you with entry-level, professional competencies in the human service fields. The objective of the major is to offer a general education background, a knowledge base in life span and family development, and a core of professional skills that may be applied in program planning and service delivery activities.
The Adult Development and Aging Services option focuses on the biological, psychological, and social development of adults and elderly persons, with special emphasis on the various contexts of adult development, including work and the family.
The Children, Youth, and Family Services option is an ideal choice if you want to work with various age groups in centers, institutions, and agencies. The program's ultimate goal is to improve the quality of planned services for families from varied backgrounds and community settings.
For both options, HDFS students complete an internship at a human service organization in their community. Real world experience will help you build professional networks, establish references, and reflect on what you have learned in the classroom.
Careers in Human Development and Family Studies
With an associate degree in HDFS, you can work in the human services field, promoting health and preventing social and mental health problems for child, youth and families and adults and the elderly. You may also find employment in the following areas:
- Medical Case Worker
- Mental Health Worker
- Case Manager
- School Support Services
- Medical and Public Health Services
- Substance Abuse Services
The associate degree in HDFS can also serve as a stepping stone to further education if you wish to work as a counselor or social worker.
Opportunities for Graduate Studies
Many graduates go on to earn an HDFS bachelor's degree; some eventually enroll in graduate school.