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Penn State Worthington Scranton's HDFS program focuses specifically on community human services, helping students prepare for positions within the community human service agencies serving children, adolescents, families, and the aged. Penn State Worthington Scranton offers both the Associate and Baccalaureate Degrees in Human Development and Family Studies.

Baccalaureate Degree (HFSCC)

This dynamic program is designed to help you prepare for work in the expanding human services field. It blends the theoretical underpinnings of human development across the life span with hands-on, applied practice in community settings. As a unique feature of this program, you will become familiar with the specific human services organizations and needs in the community. More about HDFS in the Community.


Penn State Worthington Scranton's program in Human Development and Family Studies is designed to help students become versatile human services professionals who can adapt to their community's ever-changing needs. Students can develop effective writing and speaking skills, learn current computer applications, and participate in active learning, team building, and group experiences. Flexible class schedules and small student-to-instructor ratios make this an excellent program for returning adults and those who choose to combine work and study. Recent high school graduates may enroll full-time, selecting from a wide range of classes offered during the day and evening

Baccalaureate Degree Undergraduate Program Bulletin Description

Human Development & Family Studies Lifespan Human Services Option

This option focuses on the acquisition and application of scientific knowledge about development and family functioning across the life span for the purposes of enhancing personal and family development. Courses emphasize: (1) understanding the biological, psychological, and social development across the life span, and the structuring and functioning of families; (2) understanding basic theoretical and methodological issues; and (3) the development of applied skills in intervention and evaluation, prevention, and in the formulation of social policy. An approved field experience in a setting that serves children, youth, adults, or the aged is required for this option. Typical employment settings include preschools, daycare centers, hospital programs for children, youth, and families, institutional and community mental health programs for individuals and families, programs for abused or neglected children and adolescents, women's resource centers, human resources programs, employee assistance programs, nursing homes, area agencies on aging and other community settings for older adults, and public welfare and family service agencies. Typical postgraduate pursuits of students completing this option include graduate study in human development, family studies, psychology, or sociology, or advanced professional training in psychology, law, behavioral health, counseling or social work.

Recommended Academic Plan for B.S. in Human Development & Family Studies Human Services Option

Human Development & Family Studies Developmental Science Option

This option focuses on the understanding of contemporary methodological approaches to the acquisition of scientific knowledge about individual development over the life span and about family development. This option provides preparation for advanced training in careers in developmental or family research, teaching at a college or university, or for professional careers that require graduate training. Courses within this option emphasize a thorough understanding of the theory and methods of developmental and family theory and research. An approved, multi-semester research practicum is an integral component of this option. Typical postgraduate pursuits of students completing this option include graduate study in human development, family studies, psychology, or sociology, or advanced professional training in psychology, law, behavioral health, social work, or in other programs related to services for individuals and families

Recommended Academic Plan for B.S. in Human Development & Family Studies Life Span Developmental Science Option

Associate Degree (2FSCC)

This major integrates practical and academic experiences to provide the student with entry-level professional competence in the human service field. Students specialize in one of the following:

Associate Degree Undergraduate Program Bulletin Description

ADULT DEVELOPMENT AND AGING SERVICES OPTION

This option is designed to prepare students for a wide variety of service roles in mental health facilities, nursing homes and other institutions for the aged, area agencies on aging, public welfare and family service agencies, women's resource centers, human relations programs, employee assistance programs and customer services and consumer relations programs in business and industry. An approved field experience in any of a wide variety of settings that serve adults, the aged, and their families, is required for this option.

Recommended Academic Plan for A.S. in Human Development & Family Studies Adult Development and Aging Option

CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILY SERVICES OPTION

This option is designed to prepare students for service roles in preschools; day care centers; hospitals; institutional and community programs for emotionally disturbed, abused or neglected children and adolescents; as well as a variety of public welfare and family service agencies. An approved field experience in a children, youth, or family services setting, is required for this option.

Recommended Academic Plan for A.S. in Human Development & Family Studies Children, Youth and Families Option