Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Family Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Family Studies

In the Human Development and Family Studies major, you'll explore both theoretical and practical issues of learning. You'll learn the importance of particular classroom models for teaching and learning, as well as examine the historical, cultural, and social contexts that cause particular behavior patterns.  When you complete the program, you'll be well-equipped to advance within your local school system, Georgia Head Start, or other early childhood programs. If you graduate with a 2.5 GPA and are hired by a school district, you'll be eligible for alternate teacher certification through Georgia TAPP (Teacher Alternate Preparation Program).

Required Courses:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Kinship and Marriage
  • Race/Ethnicity and Gender in Society
  • Health and Nutrition – 4 hours consisting of a combination of any EXCS, PEDU course or NURS 3305 (Nutrition and Health)
  • Culture and Global Literacy – 6 hours consisting of any combination of language or culture-based course. Sequential courses not required.
  • Elective Courses – 18 hours of any PSYC (PSY), SOCI (SOC), or HDFS (HDV) course not used above, along with BIOL 2148.

Areas of concentration within the major:

Child Development and Family Studies Concentration
Students wishing to concentrate their major to child issues should take the electives listed below in addition to the core requirements.

  • Human Growth and Development
  • Child Development Internship
  • Two (2) additional courses associated with child development with approval of the program coordinator

Adult Development and Family Studies Concentration
Students wishing to concentrate their major to adult issues should take the electives listed below in addition to the core requirements.

  • PSYC 3358 Psychology of Aging
  • HDFS 4412 Adult Development Internship
  • Two (2) additional courses associated with adult development with approval of the program coordinator

Student Learning Objectives

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of major concepts, theoretical perspectives, and empirical findings in several areas of human development including contributions from psychology, sociology, and education.
  2. Participate in research and internship opportunities, which require you to apply classroom lessons to real-life problems.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to write clearly and concisely on a variety of topics related to human development, all done while utilizing scholarly resources and meeting APA standards of formatting and referencing.
  4. Demonstrate high ethical standards in social interaction and empirical research.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge about and exhibit sensitivity to individual and cultural differences.

Please contact Laura Faulkner at lfaulkner@lagrange.edu or call 706-880-8298 for additional information.


Academic Programs

Within an ethical and caring community, the total LaGrange College program is designed to challenge and support students in their search for truth. This program is centered around the liberal arts curriculum, which provides engagement in a breadth of scholarly disciplines and a foundation for a lifetime of learning.

General Education Core Curriculum

LaGrange College is first and foremost a liberal arts and sciences college. The underlying philosophy of liberal learning is found throughout the curriculum, but is most obvious in the structure of the General Education Core Curriculum that provides the foundation for all studies.

Contact Us

Email: evening@lagrange.edu
Phone: 706-880-8298