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Major in Human Development & Family Relations

Our Human Development & Family Relations Major Allows You To:

  • Prepare for a career in public and private human service agencies
  • Develop appropriate skills to help individuals and families solve problems
  • Participate in a real-world supervised internship at a human service agency
  • Learn from faculty that have strong commitments to quality instruction and advisement

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Human Development & Family Relations (58 credits)

The B.S. in Human Development and Family Relations offers four different curriculum choices: the general curriculum in human development and family relations, and study options in child care management, adolescence, and gerontology.

Human Development & Family Relations General Curriculum

The general curriculum in human development and family relations will prepare you for a variety of specific careers in public and private human service agencies. We emphasize helping individuals and families solve their own problems, such as those involving family relations, aging, nutritional planning, and family financial management.

Course work covers topics in child development, nutrition, counseling, social work and others. You will also delve into the real world with a one-semester, full-time internship experience in a human service agency. This combination of course work and field work will well prepare you for immediate employment or graduate study, as well as introduce you to career possibilities.

This curriculum places emphasis on developing appropriate skills to help individuals and families solve problems related to child development, family relations, adolescence, aging, nutritional planning for individuals and families, and family financial management. It also features a one-semester, full-time supervised internship required in an appropriate human service agency.

Program Requirements

The program requires two introductory general education courses, PSY 101 and SOC 101, normally taken in one’s freshman year. These courses are prerequisites to HDF 211 — Child Development and HDF 311 — Family in Contemporary Society, required of all HDFR majors. Other required courses include FNI 191 - Nutrition and Well-Being, CLG 402 — Intro. to Counseling Techniques, and CLG Applied Counseling Techniques. A twelve-credit internship and a concurrent three-credit seminar comprise the senior capstone experience for all HDFR majors.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about the human development & family relations program at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact

Dr. Marty Frost, Professor and Chair
Phone: (518) 564-4173
Email: [email protected]

Ms. Randi L. Trombley
Department Secretary
Office Location: Ward Hall 109
Phone: (518) 564-2164
Email: [email protected]