BA in Human Development and Family Science

The Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) program focuses to educate students through quality instruction and experiential learning in lifespan human development and family science by fostering critical thinking and the research, communication, and career-ready skills that prepare them to become professionals in service to individuals and families.

Charlotte Walmsey, 2023

Charlotte Walmsey

What activities were you involved in during your time at Mason that impacted you?  

I was a part of the chess club and I was treasurer of the log rolling club. I had the amazing opportunity to intern at Formed Families Forward for the last two semesters of college. At my internship I learned so much about different family structures and different resources that provide aid to families.  

Did you have a favorite class or professor? 

My favorite CHSS professor was my HDFS 499 Senior Internship class supervisor, Betsy Levine-Brown. Professor Brown helped me organize my entire HDFS Senior Project and was one of the first professors who I felt completely supported by. I truly believe that she was one of the sole reasons that I was able to fully succeed as a student and feel confident as I go on to my Master’s Program. I am extremely grateful for her leadership and support all throughout my last semester of college. 

What is your most memorable moment at Mason? 

One of my most memorable moments at mason was staying up till the early hours of the morning playing chess under southside awning with fellow mason friends.  

What is your next step? What are your future plans?  

I will be attending VCU for my Masters of Social Work.  

As you are reflecting on your time at Mason, what is one piece of advice you would give a student who is just starting off on their Mason journey? 

I would tell them to utilize the resources that Mason provides like the online library and databases.