The Department of Human Development and Family Studies contributes to the well-being of individuals and families across the life course and in diverse contexts by generating knowledge; by preparing specialists for research, teaching, leadership, and professional practice; and by strengthening the interconnections of research, practice, and policy.
The department is widely regarded as a leader in the study of children and families. The department's academic programs prepare specialists at the bachelor's and PhD levels. Faculty conduct significant research on a range of critical issues facing individuals and families in today's society. And, the department employs innovative outreach efforts that extend knowledge to policymakers, employers, professionals, and citizens in Indiana and beyond.