Welcome to the ISU Department of Human Development and Family Studies where your adventure features:


From the very young to the very old, students in human development and family services help populations reach their full potential, despite life’s challenges, such as addiction, abuse, aging, chronic illness, immigration, and special needs.

Do you want to help youth, adults, families, or the aging lead a better, more fulfilling life? If so, a degree in HDFS may be your adventure! Video »


Great with numbers but want to work with people, too? Visit LoveMoneyLovePeople.com  for the numbers on the Financial Counseling and Planning degree!


HDFS News Stories from the College of Human Sciences

Juntos encourages Latino families to consider college
Juntos: Together for a Better Education is a program created to help Latino students pursue higher education. Since 2013, the program has reached more than 250 Iowa families.
College of Human Sciences students offer Veishea 2014 activities
Check out activities hosted by College of Human Sciences students, faculty, and staff as part of the annual campus-wide VEISHEA 2014 celebration.
Iowa State aids efforts to become the healthiest state
Iowa State University and the Healthiest State Initiative are working together to front efforts in helping Iowa become the healthiest state in America by 2016.
Iowa State students to pull an all-nighter designing new financial games and apps
“Money Game Jam” is a 24-hour competition in which student participants will develop a new game, mobile application, or website to get students involved in their personal finance. The event takes place March 29-30 in the Hixson-Lied Student Success Center.
Puppy to be sponsored by College of Human Sciences club
The Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies Club in human development and family studies is sponsoring a puppy to be trained to become a guide dog by a prison inmate.
Financial Counseling Clinic offers tax advice for students
Jonathan Fox, director of the ISU Financial Counseling Clinic and the Ruth Whipp Sherwin Professor in Human Development and Family Studies, encourages students to file income tax reports.
College of Human Sciences alumna chosen for CNN Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge
Connie Sievers, a 1984 CHS alumna, has been selected for the CNN Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge. She is one out of six selected from hundreds who applied.
Iowa State helps to educate Iowans about health insurance
Human Sciences Extension and Outreach is hosting free workshops across the state to help Iowans better understand their health insurance options and obligations under the Affordable Care Act.
Iowa State partnership helps address needs of an aging population
College of Human Sciences researchers are among those working with Northcrest Community to provide older adults with options to maintain their lifestyle.
CHS students prepare for black student government conference
Three College of Human Sciences students are helping to plan and host the 37th Annual Big 12 Conference on Black Student Government, a leadership conference connecting minority students.