Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS) examines human development within the context of families, schools, work, communities, and other social-cultural environments. Recognizing the diversity and challenges of contemporary life, students study how environments can enhance, or limit, individual and family development from early childhood through the end of life. All HDFS programs recognize the critical importance of culture and gender; diversity; and contemporary, global perspectives in the discovery of knowledge and preparation of professionals.
Degree: BS in Human Development & Family Sciences, Minor in Early Childhood Development & Education
Options: Human Services, Child Development, HDFS General
Human Development and Family Science Faculty
Potential career options in Human Development and Family Sciences:
Use the career planning resources to learn about the potential career options below.
(some occupations may require further education/licensure)
Child Care Worker
Community Service Director
Early Childhood Teacher
Early Intervention Specialist
Family Support Specialist
Head Start Director
Marriage & Family Therapist
Mental Health Counselor
Public Relations Specialist
Special Education Teacher
Student Affairs Professional
Youth Outreach Educator
Where are OSU-Cascades HDFS alumni working?
Events Manager, Big Brothers Big Sisters
Site Coordinator, Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Oregon
Community Health Worker, Mosaic Medical
Program Coordinator, Crook County Court Appointed Advocates
Case Manager, DHS Aging and People with Disabilities
Developmental & Behavioral Specialist, Juniper Ridge Clinic
Program Logistics Coordinator, Family Resource Center
Victims’ Assistance Coordinator, Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office
Early Intervention/Special Education Specialist, Warm Springs Early Childhood Education Center
Development Associate, Volunteers in Medicine Clinic
Teacher, Bend-La Pine School District
Teacher, Jefferson County School District
*Many graduates also pursue Master of Arts in Teaching or Master of Counseling (Clinical Mental Health and School) at OSU-Cascades
Where have OSU-Cascades students participated in experiential learning (internships/research/etc.)?
Department of Human Services
Bend Community Center
BestCare Treatment Services
Victims' Assistance Program
After School Budies
Bend Park & Recreation
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center
Boys and Girls Club
New Priorities Family Services
Healthy Families of the High Desert
Mountain Star Family Relief Nursary
Bend La Pine School District
Redmond School District
In addition to our general job, internship, and volunteer search resources, below are some industry specific resources to help you search for opportunities in HDFS. Don't forget the important process of researching employers and networking with professionals in companies/organizations that you are interested in.
In addition to our general Graduate/Professional School resources, utilize the following resources for researching advanced degrees in HDFS.
Involvement in professional associations can expand your network, keep you up to date on current trends in the field, and give you access to additional job and internship opportunities.