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Ph.D. in human development and family science launches academic careers
Thu, March 7, 2019
Oklahoma State University’s Ph.D. in Human Sciences with a specialization in human development and family science (HDFS)...
CoHS invites applications for new Freshman Awards
Thu, March 7, 2019
We hope you’ve loved your freshman year in Human Sciences. We’ve loved having you! Don’t hesitate to shed some light on the great things you’ve done. 

OSU Early Childhood Education ranks in the National Top 10
Fri, February 8, 2019
Oklahoma State University is No. 7 nationally among the 25 Best Early Childhood Education Bachelor’s Programs for 2019...

Improving lives: Tulsa's Center for Family Resilience works to help people across Oklahoma
Thu, February 4, 2019
At the Oklahoma State University Center for Family Resilience (CFR), people aren’t simply computer jockeys, analyzing data...


Heather GoodacreAlumni Spotlight: Heather Goodacre 
May 4, 2018
HDFS alum, Heather Goodacre, talks about her OSU experience.
Child Development Lab - Informational VideoChild Development Lab - Informational Video 
January 22, 2018
The Cleo L. Craig Development Laboratory is collaborative learning environment allowing different departments from OSU to interact in a real world setting.
Super Bowl-FestSuper Bowl-Fest: Fundraiser for the Child Development Lab 
January 8, 2018
The Super Bowl-Fest is fundraising event for OSU's Child Development Lab (CDL)
 Zachary Giano three minute thesisThree Minute Thesis competition: Zachary Giano 
October 25, 2017
Contestant Zachary Giano received second place for his presentation entitled Early warning indicators of high school dropout: How well do 7th grade teachers know their students?

Welcome to the Department of Human Development & Family Science

We change lives by helping people thrive and flourish throughout their lives, strengthening relationships and communities, preparing the next generation of professionals to serve and lead, and discovering knowledge and applying skills.

233 Human Sciences
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74078

Phone: 405.744.5057

Our Students and Degree Programs

Human Development and Family Science students understand the developmental stages of humans from birth to aging adults as well as the importance of family relationships. They are caring, hard-working and service oriented. Hands-on classroom experiences and research opportunities for Early Childhood Education graduates prepare them to be some of the most highly sought after professionals in early childhood education. As a nationally-approved program leading to the Certified Family Life Education (CFLE) credential, Child and Family Services graduates are well prepared to provide support and service to the communities where they are employed. Students in the Family and Consumer Sciences Education option gain interdisciplinary knowledge and skills they will apply in secondary (grades 6 – 12) schools (FACSED) or county Cooperative Extension Service (FCSES) work.