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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Human Development and Family Studies, B.S. - with Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Certification

College of Education  > Department of Psychological, Health, and Learning Sciences  > Human Development and Family Studies, B.S. - with Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Certification


A Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) provides a broadly based study of the intellectual, emotional, social, and moral development of individuals and families. HDFS graduates have a variety of opportunities available to them. Many students go on to graduate school in the fields of Social Work, Psychology, Education, Medicine, and Law.

Students may also choose to take courses to prepare them for the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Certificate (formerly American Humanics) which prepares students to manage nonprofit organizations.

All entering students must declare as a Pre-HDFS major and will work with an academic advisor to follow an informational plan leading to successful completion of program requirements. Following successful completion of pre-major requirements , students with a 2.0 cumulative UH GPA may declare a major in Human Development and Family Studies.

Degree Requirements

Degree Total: 120.0 Credit Hours

UH Core Requirements


6.0 credit hours required


12.0 credit hours required

Life & Physical Sciences

6.0 credit hours required

Language, Philosophy & Culture

3.0 credit hours required

Creative Arts

3.0 credit hours required

American History/Government/Political Science

12.0 credit hours required

Social and Behavioral Sciences

3.0 credit hours required


Writing in the Disciplines

3.0 credit hours required

Diversity in Special Populations

6.0 credit hours required

Area Electives

15.0 credit hours required

Students must choose 15 hours from the approved list of area electives or receive approval for classes through petition.

Nonprofit Leadership Alliance

12.0 credit hours required


Additional workshops, non-credit classes, and experiential skill building sessions required; contact the NLA program: www.sw.uh.edu/academics/nonprofit-leaders/certified/index.php

Free Electives

6.0 credit hours required