Electives for Human Development and Family Studies Majors

Students typically choose their HDFS electives to fit with their career interests without much prompting. But a few things are worth noting.

  • First, many of our field specific electives, like those on adoption, aging, and child maltreatment are not offered every semester. If you see a course you are interested and it is not a required course, contact the instructor to see when it will be offered again so you don’t miss out.
  • Second, there are two other opportunities that not all HDFS students take advantage of. You can receive 400-level HDFS credit for working on a research project or working as a teaching assistant.

HDFS 496: Research Assistant Credits

Working on a research project can teach you fascinating detailed content about a topic that interests you, can help you build valuable work experience, and can provide you one-on-one contact with faculty members who are leaders in their fields. Professors in the department study everything from infant temperament to cognitive decline. There may be a professor studying exactly what you are interested in. Students working on research projects may be involved in literature reviews, coding video-taped interactions, helping organize intervention sessions, inputting data, and much more. For more information ....

HDFS 497: Teaching Assistant Credits

Students who do extremely well in a course are sometimes invited to work as undergraduate teaching assistants in a subsequent semester. Some professors use undergraduate teaching assistants more sporadically – if they have a large class or if a student offers to help. If you are interested in gaining experience as a teaching assistant, contact a professor who you like and whose class you have done extremely well in to see if there are opportunities to be a teaching assistant. For more information ....

Note: LSDS students and honors students can use a maximum of 6 credits of research and/or teaching assistance toward their major. Students are welcome to continue volunteering on research projects once they reach the 6 credit limit, but can no longer earn credit for these experiences.