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BS in Human Development and Family Relations


Program Overview

The Human Development and Family Relations (HDFR) program prepares students to effectively serve individuals and families in a wide variety of environments. HDFR is committed to a curriculum rich in family diversity and social justice. This 120 credit-hour interdisciplinary program explores family systems and the ecological development of individuals across their life span.
View our English and Spanish language videos about the Human Development and Family Relations program.
The HDFR program will lead to a certification in the field. It is the first program of its kind in the United States to offer bilingual (Spanish) HDFR courses. At CU Denver, it is the only program that focuses on family relationships with schools and communities.  Keep video links
The HDFR program focus also provides students with a strong knowledge base to pursue graduate studies in individual, couple and family therapy; human development and family studies; higher education administration and student affairs; school counseling; social work; and other helping professions.
Within the HDFR program, you will be able to choose one area of concentration. Your concentration options include:

  • Bilingual (Spanish) family and community services
  • Early childhood development​
  • Ecology of human development and learning
  • Educational foundations and social justice
  • Family gerontology
  • Higher education environments (Pre-HESA)
  • Leadership and community-based organizations
  • Literacy practices for families and the community​
  • Pre-individual, couple and family therapy/counseling


Academic Advising

Human Development and Family Relations students are invited to meet with an Academic Advisor in the School of Education & Human Development to learn more about their own individualized plan of study.


Program Requirements

For complete program requirements, please see the current academic catalog for Human Development and Family Relations.  Human Development and Family Relations Catalog


Program Delivery

This is an on-campus program with a variety of delivery options for many of our courses including hybrid, evening, and online courses.. It supports the needs of talented students from all backgrounds, including nontraditional and underrepresented students.

Email education@ucdenver.edu for more information. We encourage students to take advantage of the scholarships and grants that are available in this major.​​​​​​

Learning through Real-World Experiences
Gaining practical experiences with people, communities and organizations is critical. All Human Development and Family Relations (HDFR) program courses include a service-learning/experiential education component. Students engage in developing skills to work in and lead community-based organizations including secular, faith-based, for profit, nonprofit, school-based, state, federal and international organizations. Such exposure will allow you to apply what you learn in the classroom and develop the skills you need to work in and lead community- based organizations.
Upon completion of the HDFR program track, students will be eligible to earn the Certification in Family Life Education (CFLE) from the National Council on Family Relations.

Along with the Human Development and Family Relations program requirements, we provide students with opportunities to specialize in a certain area. If students are not in the HDFR program, they may complete a HDFR minor. The concentrations/minors follow:

Bilingual (Spanish) Family and Community Services: Provides students with the linguistic ability to work with Spanish-speaking families and communities. Courses will be delivered in 70 percent Spanish and 30 percent English. Students in this concentration will also be able to complete any of the other concentrations in the program.

Early Childhood Education: Provides students with knowledge, skills and competencies to support the early education and development of children ages birth through eight years. This concentration will engage HDFR students in learning about theory, research and current trends in ECE and the practical application of these in early learning environments. The goal of the ECE concentration is to develop community leaders who share a commitment to equity, social justice and excellence and an understanding of unique strengths and characteristics of diverse communities of young learners and their families.

Ecology of Human Development and Learning: Provides a thorough enrichment of ecological development and learning of individuals across their life span. Program may lead to graduate-level degrees that focus on development across the life span, including:
Master’s in Education and Human Development, Concentration: Human Development and Family Relations
Master’s in Education and Human Development, Concentration: Learning
Master’s in Social Work 
as well as careers in child and adult care and intervention

Educational Foundations and Social Justice: Provides students with a foundation to understand justice within familial, educational and community settings. This concentration works well with the previously listed concentrations and is also offered in an English and a bilingual track. Program may lead to the following graduate-level degrees: 
Master’s in Education and Human Development, Concentration: Human Development and Family Relations
Master’s in Multicultural Education
Master’s in Social Work

Family Gerontology: Provides students with an ecological understanding of culturally and linguistically diverse families in later life. This concentration provides students with insight about individuals' age in families and the community. It also exposes students to promising practices for better serving older adults. Program may lead to the following graduate-level degrees: 
Master's in Counseling: Couple and Family Counseling
Master’s in Education and Human Development, Concentration: Human Development and Family Relations
Master’s in Social Work
Master’s in Gerontology
as well as careers in adult care and intervention.

Leadership and Community-Based Organizations: Provides a comprehensive understanding and preparation for students to work in and lead community-based organizations including secular, faith-based, for-profit, nonprofit, school-based, state, federal and international organizations. Program may lead to the following graduate-level degrees: 
Master’s in Education and Human Development, Concentration: Human Development and Family Relations
Master’s in Education and Human Development, Concentration: Learning
Master’s in Human Development and Family Studies
Master’s in Social Work

Literacy Practices for Families & the Community. Provides students with practical ways to (a) support children’s and adolescent’s literacy using a variety of texts, such as books, rhymes, songs, multicultural literature, rap, interactive literacy games, and art; and, (b) engage youth and families in meaningful conversations about current issues.  The goal of this concentration is for HDFR students who share a commitment to social justice to deepen their understanding of applied literacy and to develop a rich repertoire of literacy activities and texts for engaging youth and families. This concentration would be ideal for individuals who anticipate working with community and family agencies, after school programs, youth corrections in diverse communities that include native speakers of English, bilingual or bi-dialectal speakers, and multilingual speakers who may be from multicultural backgrounds. Program may lead to the following graduate-level degrees: 
Master’s in Education and Human Development, Concentration: Human Development and Family Relations

 

Pre-HESA - Higher Education and Student Affairs: Provides students with an introduction to higher education and student affairs administration and possible careers at various universities, community colleges and liberal arts colleges. Program may lead to the following graduate-level degrees: 
Master’s in Counseling, Concentration: Higher Education and Student Affairs

Pre-Individual, Couple and Family Therapy/Counseling: Provides an introduction to clinical helping professions through systems and strengths therapy perspectives, and includes English and bilingual tracks. Program may lead to the following graduate-level degrees: 
Master’s in Counseling: Couple and Family Counseling
Master’s in Education and Human Development, Concentration: Human Development and Family Relations
Master’s in Education and Human Development, Concentration: Learning

 

The Human Development and Family Relations program track is perfect for those contemplating graduate studies and a career as a therapist or educational psychologist. CU Denver has top programs in both areas. Find out more about our Counseling and Education Psychology-Human Development programs.

The career paths for students who graduate from the program or minor include:

  • Individual, couple and family therapist (after a master’s degree)
  • Clinical social work (after a master’s degree)
  • Childcare and adult care
  • Professional in a community-based organization including secular, faith-based, for-profit, nonprofit, school-based, state, federal and international organizations
  • Staff member for a higher education institution

The Human Development and Family Relations (HDFR) minor is designed to give students an understanding of culturally and linguistically diverse family systems. For students who are interested in becoming family therapists, working in community-based organizations or becoming university or college advisors/administrators, this minor will provide excellent foundational courses in these areas. It also provides students with training in family systems and ecological systems of families which leads to successful interactions in community and educational contexts.

Program Delivery

This is an on-campus program with a variety of course options: hybrid, evening, weekend and online.

Declaring This Minor

If you are currently a CU Denver student, please contact the undergraduate advisor or HDFR faculty in the School of Education & Human Development to set up an appointment to discuss the process.

Program Requirements
  1. To complete this minor, you will need to complete 15 semester hours of HDFR courses with a minimum grade of C (2.0) including one required course and four electives.
  2. At least nine credit hours of HDFR courses must be completed at the University of Colorado Denver.
  3. Transfer courses must be approved by faculty and/or advisor to apply to the minor.
  4. Please see specific requirements and electives below.
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Curriculum

The HDFR program is offered in a hybrid format with both in-class and online courses. We support the needs of talented students from all backgrounds, including nontraditional and underrepresented students.

Students have the option of taking courses that are delivered in a bilingual Spanish and English format. A student is not required to understand Spanish in these courses. English speaking students have been very successful in these courses.

A minimum of 15 credit hours of the following courses, with grade C or better, is required to minor in HDFR. At least nine credit hours must be completed at CU Denver. The following courses provide different areas of specialization in HDFR. A student can also choose to enroll in a variety of course from the different areas.

All University of Colorado Denver approved HDFR core curriculum courses can be used towards the HDFR minor. Courses include HDFR 2200 - Love, Family and Human Development, HDFR 3250 - Families in Global Perspectives and future HDFR core curriculum courses. Please check with the HDFR academic advisor or the HDFR faculty mentor for information about HDFR core curriculum courses.

Bilingual (Spanish) Family and Community Services

Select one course:
HDFR 2000 – Introduction to Family and Community Services
HDFR 2200 – Love, Family and Human Development
Select four courses:
HDFR 2110 - Child Ecology - bilingual section
HDFR 4040 - Latino Families in Schools and Communities
HDFR 4045 - Abuelos (Grandparents): Latino Families in Later Life
Family Therapy with Latinos (course in development)
HDFR bilingual elective (course in development)

Family Gerontology

Select one course:
HDFR 2000 – Introduction to Family and Community Services
HDFR 2200 – Love, Family and Human Development
Select four courses:
HDFR 4045 - Abuelos (Grandparents): Latino Families in Later Life
HDFR 4200 - Adult Ecology
Understanding Family Systems in Later Life, (course in development)
Family Gerontology elective
Academic advisor/faculty mentor approved 1 elective existing course in sociology, nursing or other social sciences

Higher Education Environments (Pre-Higher Education and Student Affairs)

Select one course:
HDFR 2000 – Introduction to Family and Community Services
HDFR 2200 – Love, Family and Human Development
Select four courses:
HDFR 4003 - Leadership & Organizations, 2
HDFR 4050 - Foundations of Student Affairs
HDFR 4500 - Diversity, Inclusion, Social Justice and Higher Education
Introduction to Higher Education (course in development)
HDFR/HESA elective

Leadership and Community-based Organizations

Select one course:
HDFR 2000 – Introduction to Family and Community Services
HDFR 2200 – Love, Family and Human Development
Select four courses:
HDFR 4002 - Family Life & Community Programs 1: Prog. Dev. & Evaluation
HDFR 4003 - Leadership & Organizations
HDFR 4004 - Family Life & Community Programs 2: Grant Writing & Fundraising
HDFR 4080 - Global Family Resources Management
One additional HDFR course in leadership and organizations

Pre-individual, Couple and Family Therapy/Counseling

Select one course:
HDFR 2000 – Introduction to Family and Community Services
HDFR 2200 – Love, Family and Human Development
Select four courses:
HDFR 3400 - Love Couples and Families
HDFR 4080 - Global Family Research Management
HDFR 4090 - Helping Skills in HDFR
Family Therapy with Latinos (course in development)
Counseling elective - 5000 level course

HDFR Partners Option:

Early Childhood Education, Educational Foundations and Literacy, Language Teaching Programs

All students are still required to complete the HDFR 2000 or HDFR 2200 with this option.

Select 4 Courses
ECED 4030 - Nutrition, Health and Safety
ECED 4070 - Development of Infants and Toddlers
EDFN 1000 - Equality, Rights and Education
EDFN 3000 - Undocumented Mexican Immigration
EDFN 4000 - Food Justice in City and Schools
LCRT 2000 - Children’s & Adolescent Literature in the 21st Century
One LCRT Elective: HDFR academic advisor or faculty mentor approved

HDFR Experiential Learning (Service Learning, Research and Teaching)

HDFR also offers experiential learning through service learning, research and teaching with professors in family, community and educational environments. Students can create a unique experience by enrolling in EDHD 2840 or EDHD 2910. For more information contact Dr. Ruben P. Viramontez Anguiano.

We welcome transfer students from community colleges and other higher education institutions. CU Denver will work with you to accept as many credits as possible from your previous institution. The academic advisor or faculty program leader must approve transfer courses.

To Declare this Minor

We encourage you to connect with our HDFR academic advisor or HDFR faculty program leader to assist with this minor.

HDFR Academic advisor
Rosalinda Martinez
rosalinda.martinez@ucdenver.edu

HDFR Faculty program leader
Dr. Ruben Viramontez Anguiano
ruben.anguiano@ucdenver.edu
303.315.0089

Scholarships/grants

We offer a variety of scholarships and grants. For a complete list of financial aid opportunities, visit ucdenver.edu/education/scholarships.

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