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Human Development and Family Studies

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The Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) provides students with a comprehensive study of human development, family development, and family resource management.

This program focuses on supporting positive and resilient human development over the lifespan in diverse economic and cultural contexts, specifically Hawai’i and the Indo-Pacific region. Help people identify and develop important life skills for effective management of personal, family, and community resources, enabling families to thrive and lead healthy and happy lives.



Student Research Symposium


Classwork and real-world experiences prepare students for careers in human development and family educational programs (pre-K through university settings), human services, or community or government service, and provide an excellent foundation for graduate study.



AgAwareness Day


Fulfilling Career Opportunities

  • Certified Family Life Educators 
  • Child, Youth, and Gerontology Program Manager 
  • Case Manager 
  • Consumer Affairs Specialist 
  • Early Childhood Educator 
  • Family Violence Prevention Specialist 
  • Geriatric Care Specialist 
  • Prevention / Intervention Counselor 
  • Social Science Researcher 
  • Youth Counselor

Visit the Family and Consumer Sciences Department for more information.


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