Human Development & Family Studies


What is Human Development & Family Studies?

In this major, you’ll learn how children, adolescents, and adults develop physically, emotionally, and socially. You'll also learn how families relate with one another and meet the challenges of modern life. This major will help you understand people and the challenges they face. You'll have the opportunity to assist faculty in research projects, practicums, and internships. You can choose from two concentrations: Child and Adolescent Development and Family Studies. Child and Adolescent Development focuses on development in children and adolescents. Family Studies focuses on how families function, develop, and change. This major will also allow you to take the coursework to apply for a certification as a Family Life Educator.

Career Options

  • Business
  • Child services
  • Community services
  • Counseling
  • Education
  • Family services
  • Health services
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Research
  • Social work
  • Therapyc

Post-Graduation Success1

88% employed or continuing education

48% employed after graduation

40% attending graduate school

$36,396 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Teach for America, City Year View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois at Chicago, Washington University in St. Louis View All

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

23 - 28 ACT score

1100 - 1260 SAT score

3.31 - 3.75 high school GPA

Graduation & Retention3

3.9 years to degree

92% freshman retention rate

80% four-year graduation rate

89% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,254
  • Fees: $4,608
  • Expenses4: $15,952
  • Total: $32,814


  • Tuition: $29,704
  • Fees: $4,608
  • Expenses4: $16,292
  • Total: $50,604


  • Tuition: $30,594
  • Fees: $4,608
  • Expenses4: $16,292
  • Total: $51,494