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As part of a traditional degree path, you will take 120 credits before you graduate, about 40 courses.  This gives you 40 opportunities to strategically choose courses that help you explore your interests and maximize the amount of career-relevant information you learn in college.

Human Development and Family Studies offers courses on a wide variety of topics and disciplines, including early childhood development and education, adulthood and aging, family relations, diversity, and methodology.  A full list of course overviews can be found on the University Bulletin.

There are many opportunities in HDFS to specialize your education using general education requirements, supporting courses, and HDFS electives. As you engage in career exploration, you will be able to take advantage of these course selections to explore a topic and build marketable skills in your areas of interest.