In the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, we prepare our students for dynamic careers that focus on helping diverse individuals and families at each stage of the lifespan to meet the challenges of a changing world.

About Human Development & Family Studies

What makes a family work? How do children develop? What’s a healthy marriage? What do teenagers need to succeed academically, personally, emotionally? These are some of the questions we strive to answer in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. 
We’re an interdisciplinary program focused on advancing and applying knowledge about individuals and families in a changing world. We offer a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development and Family Studies, a Dual Objective Curriculum in Early Childhood Education, an undergraduate minor, the Master of Science degree with emphases in both Human Development and Family Studies and Marriage and Family Therapy, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Human Development and Family Studies.

We’re more than just thinkers – we’re doers. The Department operates the Center for Children, Youth, and Families, which includes the Auburn University Early Learning Center and Birmingham’s Harris Early Learning Center , both accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. We also run the Auburn University Marriage and Family Therapy Center and the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Program. As well, our partnership with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System  allows us to share what we've learned with the people of Alabama, the nation, and the world.

News & Announcements

  • Family Childcare Partnerships (FCCP) receives $4.9 million grant from the Alabama Department of Human Resources to spearhead the delivery of high-quality, comprehensive services for the education of low-income families and their childcare providers.
  • HDFS program ranked #3 nationally in a survey conducted by Ohio State Professor Claire Kamp Dush. Read more
  • Family Child Care Partnerships program honored for helping state child care providers move toward accreditation. Read full press release
  • Dr. Thomas Smith has been elected to the Board/Executive Committee of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists as Secretary for 2015-17.
  • Diana Samek hired as associate professor starting Fall 2014
  • Thanks to a national grant, inmates across Alabama will continue to sketch, take photos and have their artwork published through the Alabama Prison Arts + Education project.
    Full story here
  • Full listing of CHS news and archive.

Links and Resources

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