BA in Human Development and Family Science (CHSS)

The HDFS curriculum prepares students to effectively engage with families across the lifespan and in a variety of service settings and professions, from early childhood education and care to family law and policy advocacy.

Catalog Year: 2021-2022

This degree prepares its graduates to use family-centered and strengths-based approaches to support the health and well-being of individuals and families in diverse communities. Graduates will have a strong interdisciplinary foundation in the HDFS field and competencies in 10 areas as established by the National Council on Family Relations, including:

  • internal dynamics of relationships and families
  • human growth and development
  • family-and community-based program planning, implementation, and evaluation
  • social policies and laws affecting families
  • family diversity
  • research methodology
  • professional ethics as related to the HDFS field

The HDFS curriculum prepares students to effectively engage with families across the lifespan and in a variety of service settings and professions, from early childhood education and care to family law and policy advocacy.

Our program prepares students to critically analyze complex family issues, advocate for families in schools, communities, and in the policy arena, and address social-structural factors contributing to and influencing family functioning, health, and well-being (e.g., poverty and wealth inequality, immigration and illegalization, family homelessness, incarceration, family violence, and discrimination and structural violence such as racism, nationalism, or heterosexism). Students are required to complete a 6-credit internship and integrate research training with service fieldwork. Such an experience is a critical component of HDFS student development and will further prepare our students for graduate education and diverse careers in the human development and family science field.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 120

Mason Core

Written Communication 6
Oral Communication 3
Information Technology and Ethics 3
Quantitative Reasoning 3
Literature 3
Arts 3
Western Civilization/World History 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Global Understanding 3
Natural Science 7
Synthesis 3
Total Credits 40

Additional Requirements for the BA

One PHIL or one RELI course: 3
 
 
Social and behavioral sciences course 1 3
Non-Western culture 3
Proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate level (coursework or testing to determine proficiency) 0-12
Total Credits 9-21

Major Requirements

HDFS 200 Individual and Family Development (Mason Core) 3
HDFS 250 Family Financial Literacy and Resource Management 3
HDFS 300 Individual and Family Services Delivery 3
HDFS 400 Advanced Family Processes (Mason Core) 3
HDFS 401 Family Law and Public Policy 1 3
HDFS 498 Internship and Analysis in Human Development and Family Science 3
HDFS 499 Advanced Internship and Analysis in Human Development and Family Science 3
INTS 321 Parent-Child Relations (Mason Core) 3
PSYC 211 Developmental Psychology (Mason Core) 3
Select one from the following: 3
Methods and Logic of Inquiry  
Research Methods in Psychology  
Research for Social Change  
Total Credits 30
Major Elective Choices 12
Elective choices follow career and professional interests. Elective courses are suggested by advisors and mentors and approved by the Academic Program Coordinator. See below for areas of focus.  
Families and Individuals Across the Life Span
 
BIOL 124
Human Anatomy and Physiology  
Family and Health Communication  
Delinquency and the Juvenile Justice System  
Law and Justice around the World (Mason Core)  
ECED 402
Foundations of Language and Literacy for Diverse Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Learners  
ECED 403
Inclusive Curriculum for Young Learners: Planning Instruction and Guidance  
ECED 405
Introduction to Early Childhood Special Education  
ECED 406
Medical and Developmental Aspects of Disabilities of Diverse Young Learners  
ECED 422
Developing Language, Literacy, and Communication of Diverse Infants and Toddlers  
ECED 423
Early Intervention for Infants Toddlers with Disabilities: Collaborative Consultative Approaches  
Disability in American Culture (Mason Core)  
EDRD 301
Facilitating Literacy in School or Community Settings  
ELED 258
Children's Literature for Teaching in Diverse Settings (Mason Core)  
Health Maintenance and Health Aspects of Aging  
Health Care Delivery in the United States  
Assisted Living/Senior Housing Management and Philosophy  
Introduction to Health Services Research  
HDFS 301
The Hospitalized Child and Family  
HEAL 220
Dimensions of Mental Health  
HEAL 310
Drugs and Health  
HEAL 327
Women's Health  
HEAL 331
Men's Health  
HEAL 351
Relationship Health  
HEAL 372
Health Communication  
HHS 432
Healthy Aging  
Violence and Gender  
Images and Experiences of Childhood: Social Construct, Literature, and Film  
Conflict, Trauma and Healing  
Introduction to Childhood Studies (Mason Core)  
Issues in Family Relationships (Mason Core)  
Contemporary Youth Studies (Mason Core)  
Women and Leadership  
Contemporary Health Issues  
Social Justice Education (Mason Core)  
Death, Dying, and Decision Making  
NUTR 295
Introduction to Nutrition (Mason Core)  
Social Psychology (Mason Core)  
Principles of Learning  
Child Development  
Adolescent Development  
Cognitive Psychology  
Psychology of Gender  
Applied Cross-Cultural Psychology (Mason Core)  
Behavior Disorders of Childhood  
Psychological Factors in Aging  
Death, Dying, and Grieving  
Psychology of Intimate Relationships  
Sociology of Delinquency  
Race and Ethnicity in a Changing World (Mason Core)  
Marriage, Families, and Intimate Life  
Sociology of Deviance  
Contemporary Gender Relations (Mason Core)  
Youth Culture and Society (Mason Core)  
Sociology of Health, Illness, and Disability  
Child and Family Welfare  
Introduction to Gerontology  
Current Issues in Women and Gender Studies  
Women and Work  
Family Advocacy
 
Family and Health Communication  
Disability in American Culture (Mason Core)  
Introduction to Public Health  
Health Behavior Theories  
Health and Disease  
Health Promotion and Education  
Social Determinants of Health  
Health Care Delivery in the United States  
Introduction to Health Services Research  
HEAL 110
Personal Health  
HEAL 220
Dimensions of Mental Health  
HEAL 230
Introduction to Health Behavior (Mason Core)  
HEAL 310
Drugs and Health  
HEAL 325
Human Sexuality  
HEAL 327
Women's Health  
HEAL 331
Men's Health  
HEAL 351
Relationship Health  
HEAL 372
Health Communication  
Conflict, Trauma and Healing  
Issues in Family Relationships (Mason Core)  
Contemporary Health Issues  
Death, Dying, and Decision Making  
NUTR 422
Nutrition throughout the Life Cycle  
Applied Cross-Cultural Psychology (Mason Core)  
Death, Dying, and Grieving  
Psychology of Intimate Relationships  
Race and Ethnicity in a Changing World (Mason Core)  
Marriage, Families, and Intimate Life  
Social Inequality (Mason Core)  
Sociology of Health, Illness, and Disability  
Current Issues in Women and Gender Studies  
Research and Policy
 
Introduction to Law and Society  
Law and Justice around the World (Mason Core)  
Health Ethics, Leadership, and Advocacy  
GOVT 301
Public Law and the Judicial Process  
GOVT 318
Interest Groups, Lobbying, and the Political Process  
GOVT 353
Social Entrepreneurship  
GOVT 364
Public Policy Making  
GOVT 366
Public Policy Analysis  
GOVT 407
Law and Society  
GOVT 414
Politics of Race and Gender  
GOVT 427
Feminist Political Thought  
GOVT 445
Human Rights  
Health Care Delivery in the United States  
Healthcare Law  
Introduction to Health Care Politics and Policy  
Introduction to Health Services Research  
Issues in Family Relationships (Mason Core)  
Social Justice Consciousness and Action  
Social Justice and Human Rights (Mason Core)  
Women and Leadership  
Psychology of Gender  
Applied Cross-Cultural Psychology (Mason Core)  
Psychology of Intimate Relationships  
Race and Ethnicity in a Changing World (Mason Core)  
Marriage, Families, and Intimate Life  
Qualitative Research Methods  
Contemporary Gender Relations (Mason Core)  
Social Inequality (Mason Core)  
Changing Social Policies and Systems  
Legal and Ethical Issues in Human Services  
Introductory Statistics I (Mason Core)  
Introductory Statistics II  

Electives

Students choose additional elective courses. 17-29
Total Credits 17-29