2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
    Sep 26, 2022  
2021-2022 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Human Development and Family Studies, BA, Concentration: Early Childhood

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About the Program

Apply Now The Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) field offers its professionals a chance to work with a variety of individuals of any age and their families in different service settings. HDFS courses prepare you for future work with members of families, helping them through systems and enhancing their relationships through experiential learning in the community while providing a foundation of knowledge for your career. The Early Childhood Specialization is for those students who want to learn about and work with children ages 0-8 and their families.  This program does not lead to licensure, although graduates who meet the requirements are eligible to earn a certificate in Family Life Education through the National Council on Family Relations.

Degree Requirements

  • 120 Credit Hours
  • Minimum grade of C required for HDFS 35400 and HDFS 45501; minimum grade of C- required for BHS 10300, ENGL 10400, SOC 10000, and all HDFS and Modern Language courses
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 required for graduation
  • Certain courses may only be available at one campus location

PNW General Education Core (33 Credits)

CHESS College Core (27 Credits)

  • Modern Language (12 Credits)
  • Gender Issues (3 Credits)
  • Global Cultures (3 Credits)
  • Language and the Arts (3 Credits)
  • United States Tradition (3 Credits)
  • Western Heritage (3 Credits)

For courses that meet these requirements, please see the CHESS College Core list .

Other Required Courses (12 Credits)

  • Free Electives (12 Credits)

Total 120 Credits Required

Degree Map


Minimum Grade and Grade Point Average (GPA):  Minimum grade of C required for HDFS 35400 and HDFS 45501; minimum grade of C- required for BHS 10300, ENGL 10400, SOC 10000, and all HDFS and Modern Language courses; 2.0 GPA

Experiential Learning (EL):  One EL course required.  EL courses are noted by (e) next to the course title.

General Education Core:  General Education notations can be found within the course description.  Please click on a course to see if it meets a Gen Ed requirement.

Milestone Courses noted by (m) next to the course title have been identified as being critical to your success in this field of study. 

Courses that are only offered on one campus will be noted by an (H) for Hammond, or (W) for Westville.

Please see the Additional Information and Guidelines section below for more information.

Semester 4 (15 Credits)

Semester 8 (15 Credits)

Additional Information and Guidelines

Note 1: Modern Language Requirement:

  • Modern Language Level I - Choose from SPAN 10100, FR 10100, GER 10100, or JPNS 10100.
  • Modern Language Level II - Choose from SPAN 10200, FR 10200, GER 10200, or JPNS 10200.
  • Modern Language Level III - Choose from SPAN 20100, FR 20100, GER 20100, or JPNS 20100.
  • Modern Language Level IV - Choose from SPAN 20200, FR 20200, GER 20200, or JPNS 20200.
  • Must complete 4 semesters of the same modern language or demonstrate proficiency at the 20200 level


The 8 semester plan of study is a recommended sequence of classes designed to show how this program can be completed within four years.

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For Financial Aid eligibility, click here. Annual FAFSA filing deadline is March 10. Financial Aid recipients are required to complete 30 credits per calendar year to stay eligible for the standard financial aid award.

Financial Guarantee: If you follow the degree map and find a course unavailable, you may be able to take the course for free in a future semester.  Certain exclusions apply. 

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