Human Development and Family Studies

Dedicate your career to the wellbeing of people young and old, across diverse contexts.

Job opportunities for human-services graduates are expected to increase by 48% through the year 2018, making it one of the fastest-growing industries in the U.S.

The department of Human Development and Family Studies combines several undergraduate and graduate programs that focus on understanding development over the life span, from childhood to old age, within the context of family, culture and society. You will benefit from interdisciplinary relationships with the departments of Social Work, Psychology, Sociology, Nutrition, Management and others.


  • Understand the development and implications of theoretical perspectives
  • Use a strengths-based approach to serving others
  • Build reciprocal partnerships with children and families in the context of their cultures and communitities
  • Apply research, theory and objective observation to work with children and families

“All of the courses I took at University of Saint Joseph forced me to find the real-world applications between my education and future work through field studies, meaningful research, internships, and independent study. I left college knowing not only the theories, frameworks, and research of my field, but also how to apply that knowledge to my work with individuals and families.” --Kari-Lyn Osborn, Family Studies '09 

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