Why Human Development & Family Studies?

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.

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The Ben and Maxine Miller Child Development Center is celebrating 90 years of service to the department by supporting child development research, providing models of high quality early childhood education, and offering students the opportunity to observe and teach young children. More information about the celebration can be found here.

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