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The Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) offers four on-campus undergraduate majors for bachelor of science (B.S.) degrees.

Child, adult, and family services – For individuals and families facing life’s challenge, such as alcohol or substance abuse, immigration, family conflict, and death, finding support can be difficult. Students graduating with a degree in child, adult, and family services are trained to help people of all ages cope and conquer obstacles in order to lead a better, more fulfilling life.
Early childhood education – Are you looking for a program that will prepare you to teach young children and their families? Our early childhood education-unified program leads to a state of Iowa license that will allow you to teach children from birth through third grade, in both general and special education.
Family and consumer sciences education and studies – The study of family and consumer sciences at Iowa State University has a long-standing reputation as one of the best in the nation. Today, we see family and consumer science educators as the glue for teaching youth valuable life skills in areas such as consumer resources management, family studies, food and nutrition, housing, human development, parenthood education, and textiles and clothing.
Financial counseling and planning – Graduates of the program are prepared for employment within the public and private sectors including working in the banking and insurance industry and financial counseling and human service agencies.