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Penn State to Offer Human Development and Family Studies Degree Online

University Park, PA (PRWEB) April 08, 2013

For those interested in understanding human behavior, in learning how people relate to one another and about how to make a difference in their lives, Penn State’s new online bachelor of science in human development and family studies (HDFS) offers an excellent opportunity to prepare for a variety of rewarding careers. Offered by the Department of Human Development and Family Studies in the College of Health and Human Development, the HDFS program is delivered online through the World Campus.

The HDFS bachelor of science degree prepares students to work in human services with many different types of people — from infants to the elderly — and in a variety of settings, from public and nonprofit agencies to business and government. The degree also prepares students to develop new ways to prevent and treat social and mental health problems and to become advocates for new social programs and policies. Graduates of the program work in a variety of professional fields, including counseling, social work, education, policy advocacy, nonprofit administration, human resources, law and government, health care services and administration, and research. The HDFS major is also excellent preparation for graduate school for advanced training in these fields.

“The human development and family studies degree offers tremendous flexibility for people working in human services who want to advance their career and for people who want to enter this growing field,” said Eva S. Lefkowitz, associate professor of human development and professor in charge of the Human Development and Family Studies undergraduate program. “The degree provides broad knowledge and skills about different populations from birth to old age that can be applied in many types of human services.”

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies is a recognized, premier provider of HDFS programs. Its highly rated bachelor’s degree is designed for adults and provides the flexibility to learn when and where it is convenient. The College of Health and Human Development also offers the associate in science in human development and family studies and two certificate programs online through the World Campus: Children, Youth and Family Services, and Adult Development and Aging Services. Credits earned in these programs can be applied toward the bachelor’s degree.

The HDFS bachelor’s degree focuses on the human life span from birth to old age and development and families from different points of view, such as biology, psychology and sociology. This integrative approach helps students learn about promoting normal development, about real-life problems and about the different types of interventions that are effective. While courses are delivered online, students also participate in an internship in a human service setting, under faculty supervision, applying what they have learned in the real world. “The internship will help students be very competitive in the job market,” Lefkowitz said.

Applications are now being accepted for Penn State’s B.S. in human development and family studies. Visit the website for information.

Penn State World Campus specializes in adult online education, delivering more than 90 of Penn State’s most highly regarded graduate, undergraduate and professional education programs through convenient online formats. World Campus is part of Penn State Outreach, which serves more than 5 million people each year, in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, all 50 states and more than 100 countries worldwide.

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