Course Selection

  • HDFS 2000: Marriage and Family in a Global Context
  • HDFS 2010: Lifespan and Human Development
  • Begin thinking about which concentration you would like to focus on: Child and
    Adolescent Development, Adult Development, or Family Life Education.

Ask for Assistance

  • Meet regularly with your academic advisor and consult with them when you have concerns about admission to particular classes or need more information about class requirements.

Spidle Hall

Gain Experience

  • Use LinkedIn to identify past graduates in your major and set up informational interviews and shadowing opportunities to gain further understanding of your major in the world of work.

Get Involved

  • Follow the College of Human Sciences on Facebook and Twitter
  • In the spring apply to be a College of Human Sciences Student Ambassador
  • Look for more opportunities on campus to engage by utilizing AUInvolve to identify organizations you’re interested in joining.


Course Selection

  • HDFS 2030: Professional Development and Ethics
  • HDFS 3010: Child Development in the Family and/or HDSF 3030: Adolescent and Adult Development in the Family (based on chosen concentration)

Ask for Assistance

  • Take advantage of Study Partners, SI sessions, and the academic coaching in the Office of Academic Support.
  • The Miller Writing Center can help with your writing assignments and all other writing assistance you may need.
  • Talk with your advisor to decide your HDFS concentration

Gain Experience

  • Volunteer with the population you intend to concentrate your studies.
  • Attend HDFS Internship and Professional Day.
  • Use Handshake to explore employers actively hiring in your field and search part-time jobs that can add experience to your resume (

Get Involved

  • Apply for undergrad research opportunities
  • Volunteer with the Alabama Healthy Relationship Education Initiative
  • Participate in the HDFS undergraduate mentoring program
  • Apply to be a Peer Advisor


Course Selection

  • HDFS 3080: Development of Interpersonal Relationships

Ask for Assistance

  • Attend mandatory HDFS internship meeting
  • Complete background check. Visit 203 Spidle Hall
  • Meet with someone in the University Career Center (UCC) to explore career options and receive individualized assistance

Gain Experience

  • Complete a service learning experience. Work with the college to explore/ discover opportunities
  • Attend HDFS Internship and Professional Day

Get Involved


Course Selection

  • HDFS 4920: HDFS Internship

Ask for Assistance

  • Identify your reference letter writers early for graduate school or the job search and provide them with plenty of notice
  • Ask UCC for help in updating your résumé and preparing for job interviews

Gain Experience

  • Complete your required internship and be sure to coordinate with your advisor to ensure awarding of credit.

Get Involved

  • Connect with AU alumni and stakeholders to enhance professional opportunities

General Information

The program educates and trains students to enter into a wide variety of helping roles. It is important for students to have an understanding of the population they wish to serve and should look for opportunities regularly. Graduate education will often be necessary to enter many roles. A degree in HDFS is excellent preparation for graduate school.

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Holland's Code: SEA

  • Social
  • Enterprising
  • Artistic


Most common* Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality types found in this major, in no particular order:

  • ISTP
  • ESTJ
  • ISTJ
  • ENTJ
  • INTJ
  • ENTP
  • INTP
  • ENFJ
  • ENFP
  • INFP

*Every MBTI type is found in every major, these are the most highly concentrated


  • Relationships
  • Independence
  • Achievement


  • Active Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Speaking
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Service Orientation

Job and Internship Opportunities

RSS Sample of Positions Currently Listed on Handshake Hiring Human Development and Family Studies Majors

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Last modified: August 11, 2021