HDFS student and faculty at Manoa Experience Event

Committed to Providing our Students Quality Education & Experiences Within one of the Most Diverse Areas in the World

Internship student Kelsie with her supervisor

Where Students have an Array of Opportunities to Learn, Grow, and Creating Lasting Relationships

HDFS student planting at the Home Garden Network

Continuously Giving Back to our Community and Improving our Youth and Families

HDFS students presenting Home Garden Project

Endless Possibility of Project and Research Engagement

Mother and baby during fall season in Pennsylvania

Promoting Healthy Families and Resilient Communities

  • Current Students

    HDFS students with faculty

    Current Students

    HDFS allows our students a flexible curriculum to learn about the science of the family context in society. For our current students, click here to learn about academic courses, academic advising, internship opportunities, scholarship and research opportunities.

  • Prospective Students

    HDFS students collaborating on website project

    Prospective Students

    Interested in learning about human and family interactions? The HDFS major explores biological, social, and humanitarian study in human and family development, as well as family resource management. Click here to visit our site to learn more.

  • Careers & Alumni

    HDFS student Kelsie at her internship site at the State Department of health

    Careers & Alumni

    HDFS can offer a wide variety of careers from social work and counseling, teaching and education, advocacy and non-profit work, business, health careers, and research. Click here to learn more and to read about our alumni. 

  • Faculty & Staff

    HDFS Professor Sothy Eng

    Faculty & Staff

    Meet our exceptional and qualified faculty and staff. Learn about their research, their work, and dedication to the HDFS program and community. Click here to visit our faculty and staff.

Human Development and Family Studies Degree Program


Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) is a Bachelor’s of Science degree program that provides students with a comprehensive, ecological systems-based program of study in human development, family development, and family resource management. The HDFS curriculum provides students with a multitude of experiences through coursework and off-campus activities to give them the knowledge and professional skills needed for careers in family/human services. The curriculum encompasses these studies:

  • Changing needs, dynamics, and challenges of families over time
  • Management of human, material, financial, and community resources to meet these needs
  • Growth and development of individuals over the human life cycle
  • Interrelationships of individuals, families, and communities in the context of diverse socioeconomic and cultural systems.

The HDFS curriculum provides students with comprehensive study of human development, family development, and family resource management. Students are prepared for positions in family service agencies; family life and parenting education programs; children's, youth, and gerontology programs; child care and early childhood education centers; and consumer affairs agencies. The courses cover these topics and more:

  • Healthy family relationships
  • Healthy and resilient human development at all ages
  • Family caregiving for older adults and grandparents raising children
  • Family public policy
  • Family and consumer resource management
  • Community leadership and resource development.

New Students

Students who are applying for admission to the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa (UHM) as freshman or as transfers from another institution can specify Human Development and Family Studies as their major on their application form. Acceptance will be based on a minimum cumulative UHM grade point (GPR) of 2.6.  

Transfer Students
Students wishing to transfer from another UHM program must submit an application.

Upon receipt of their acceptance letters from the FamR program, students who are transferring from other UHM programs must file the appropriate transfer forms with the CTAHR Academic and Student Affairs Office (Gilmore 210) to complete the transfer process. Status as a FamR major is not official until all necessary paperwork has been completed and processed.  Students are encouraged to apply to the program within the first month of any given semester to allow adequate time to process their transfers prior to registration for classes.

A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.6 is required to apply to HDFS. Your admission to the program will be based on GPA. Students with a cumulative GPA below 2.6 will be accepted if they have at least a 3.0 GPA for the most recent 18 credits completed.

It is important for students to recognize that simply taking courses in the program will not lead to admission if the minimum GPA requirement is not met.  Note that several courses required for graduation from the program are restricted to majors only:  HDFS 360, HDFS 380-380L, HDFS 482, and HDFS 492.

HDFS Program Coordinator

Thao Le, Ph.D.
Miller Hall 201G

Honolulu, HI 96822




  • University of Hawaii at Manoa's Human Development and Family Studies Program

FCS Department

2515 Campus Road
Miller Hall 110

Honolulu, HI 96822

phone: 808-956-8105

fax: 808-956-2239



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