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Human Development & Family Relations Major with Study Option Adolescence


  • Prepare for a career related to adolescents and young adults in public and private human service agencies.
  • Participate in a 12-credit supervised internship at a human service agency.
  • Learn from faculty who have strong commitments to quality instruction and advisement.

What Will I Learn?


The study option in adolescence prepares you for careers related to adolescents and young adults in public and private human service agencies. Examples of courses include adolescence in society; introductory and applied counseling techniques; psychology of adolescence, youth, and early adulthood; and juvenile delinquency: cross cultural perspectives. One semester of full-time supervised field work in a human service agency is also an integral part of the curriculum.

What Are My Career Opportunities?


Approximately 25 to 30 percent of human development and family relations majors pursue advanced degrees in counseling, social work, psychology, law, public administration or other related fields. Many others enter the job market immediately after graduation.

Graduates holding degrees in human development and family relations from SUNY Plattsburgh are currently working in such diverse fields as:

  • Family advocacy
  • Child life specialist
  • Crisis center counseling
  • Youth detention center case work
  • Planned Parenthood education

Pursuing a Graduate Degree

Approximately 25 to 30 percent of human development and family relations graduates pursue advanced degrees in counseling, social work, psychology, law, public administration or other related fields. Four recent graduates are currently working on master’s degrees at New York University in New York City, C.W. Post University on Long Island, Queens College in New York City, and SUNY Plattsburgh.

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