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Undergraduate Learning Outcomes Detailed

Knowledge Acquisition

You will acquire and utilize knowledge and skills necessary for a professional position or graduate /professional training in Human Development and Family Studies. By the time you complete your education, you will:


  • Master the concepts and theories of human development and family systems
  • Describe adaptations of individuals and families across the lifespan
  • Evaluate and apply appropriate theoretical perspectives to issues of human development and family studies across the lifespan
  • Understand the factors that contribute to individual differences in development, including culture and time
  • Establish a deep understanding of one or more developmental periods with particular emphasis on the family as a context for lifespan development


Analytic Skills

You will use acquired knowledge, research skills, and creativity to identify and solve complex human science problems. By the time you complete your education, you will:


  • Understand the basic principles and methods of research design
  • Identify human development and family studies issues and propose a researchable question
  • Locate, attend to, consider, question, and evaluate information, data, and arguments from a variety of sources (teachers, peer-reviewed journals, books, media, raw data)
  • Articulate how developmental principles and research can be used to explain social issues and inform policy
  • Apply knowledge base to oneself, diverse groups and cultures



You will communicate clearly and effectively using a variety of methods. By the time you complete your education, you will:


  • Communicate effectively in writing using field specific terminology and conventions in a variety of forms for appropriate professional audiences
  • Speak effectively in formal settings
  • Integrate technology and visuals or graphics in formal communications


Professional Development

You will gain knowledge and practice regarding the ethical principles and best practices in Human Development & Family Studies. By the time you complete your education, you will be able to:


  • Demonstrate appropriate interpersonal communication skills in professional settings
  • Practice systematic self-assessment and reflection
  • Understand the social-historical-cultural factors that influence your personal identity
  • Conduct yourself responsibly as human service/education professional
  • Construct an appropriate career path
  • Engage in collaborative problem solving and effective team participation
  • Comply with the ethical codes and standards of practice that apply to the HDF professions
  • Demonstrate cultural competence in diverse work settings

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