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Prepare for a career in public & private human service agencies


Learn to help solve problems families and individuals face.

Human Development and Family Relations Major


  • One semester of full-time, supervised field work in a human service agency
  • Emphasis on learning to help individuals and families solve problems related to child development, family relations, aging, nutritional planning for individuals and families, family financial management.
  • Prepare for meaningful careers in public and private human service agencies
  • Qualify for graduate study in related fields: counseling, social work, education, psychology, and more
  • Qualified and caring faculty who work closely with their students.

What Will I Learn?


Our program prepares you for graduate studies and careers in human service field.

Learn about people:

  • Their development
  • Issues they face
  • How to help them live fulfilling lives

Specialize in a particular age group:

  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • Older adults
  • General study of all age groups

What is Unique About Our Program?


The HDFR degree is flexible!

Interesting courses lead to one degree, but are varied based on students’ needs and interests:

  • Field trips to see human service professionals in action
  • Volunteer experiences
  • Thirty hour practicum opportunities
  • Variety of full-time professional internships

Applied learning:

  • Multiple opportunities for the future:
  • Immediate entry to the human services job market
  • Readiness for graduate study

What Are My Career Opportunities?


A human development and family relations degree is highly relevant to a broad range of career opportunities.

  • Researchers noted that in the year 2016, two-thirds to three-fourths of all mothers with children were working outside of the home, ninety-percent in full-time jobs.
  • This trend indicates that there will be an increasing demand for high-qualified and affordable child care.

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
  • Child care centers
  • Nursing home activity direction
  • Planned Parenthood education
  • Mental health services

Pursuing a Graduate Degree

Approximately 25–30 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.

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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