“Our mission is to contribute theoretical and applied knowledge in the field and to provide students with appropriate knowledge and skills for professional positions and careers in family-related settings.”

Human Development and Family Studies Degree Program

HDFS program Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) is a Bachelor of Science degree program that provides students with a comprehensive, ecological systems-based program of student 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 a career in family/human services. The curriculum encompasses these studies:

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

“Being an HDFS major allowed me to be an active member of my community and has helped me strive in wanting to make a difference in those who are in these communities.”
- Kelsie F. c/o 2019

student Kelsie F

HDFS Curriculum

The HDFS curriculum provides students with a 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.
“We provide students with a multitude of experiences including the knowledge and skills needed for a career in family/human services, education, and research.”

New Students

HDFS program 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 HDFS 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 HDFS 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.