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FAQ  December 15th, 2011

This is a collection of the most frequently asked questions by current and prospective students of the Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS) degree program online.

I have not yet been accepted to OSU. What do I need to do if I’m interested in the online HDFS program?

If interested, your first step is to apply and be accepted to OSU through the regular admissions process. Once admitted, you can contact Ecampus and/or review the website for information about next steps.  Admitted online students are required to take an online orientation. Once our Ecampus adviser receives this information, we contact students directly for an advising appointment and related next steps. We communicate with students via phone and email, and are prepared for using other technologies such as Skype.


I’m a current OSU student and I would like to change my major to the online HDFS degree. How do I go about doing this?

Complete the online orientation.The Ecampus adviser will contact you to confirm your interest and set up a phone advising appointment.


I feel like I have taken a class at another institution that closely aligns with a specific HDFS course, but it didn’t transfer accordingly. Is there any way that this course can “count” and fulfill that requirement?

You must complete our college petition form, and supply supporting documentation for consideration. Only petitions from students who are declared HDFS (major or minor) will be reviewed. Download the petition form.


I feel like I have taken a class at another institution that closely aligns with an OSU baccalaureate core requirement, but it didn’t transfer accordingly. What steps should I take?

Complete the University petition and instructions.

What are some examples of careers of students who graduate from HDFS?

The field of HDFS is very broad and can be a good foundation for entry into a diverse array of careers including becoming an adoption agency counselor, caseworker for seniors, child care coordinator, community activities director, crisis intervention worker, early childhood policy advocate, extension educator, family support worker, foster care caseworker, housing service coordinator, international relief worker, parent educator, preschool or child care worker, volunteer coordinator, youth development specialist…and many many more!


Is this a good major if I want to become a teacher?

The HDFS degree provides great background for students who want to pursue education and related careers. It’s important for students to understand that teacher licensing requirements differ per state. The HDFS degree alone does not contain teacher education licensing requirements, so students completing our degree do not walk away ready to teach in an elementary setting. Advisers will gladly assist students in pursuing/researching information and resources related to licensing program options.


I have a great internship lined up in my home community. Can I get HDFS credit for this?

Unfortunately, the only available HDFS option online is the “General” option, which does not include an internship experience. The department currently does not have the capacity to offer credit for internships for the online degree. We still encourage you to volunteer or gain hands-on experience on your own time, as it’s a wonderful way to learn about the field and boost your resume!


I have had a lot of work experience in a social service setting in the past. Can this count as credit for the HDFS major?

Hands-on experience looks great on your resume and will be an advantage in your coursework, but unfortunately the department is unable to give college credit for these types of experiences.


I’m an on-campus HDFS student trying to register for online HDFS classes but the system is not letting me register for open classes. Why?

In order to ensure that distance-education students have priority in registering for online classes, Phase 1 of registration is limited to online students. Online HDFS classes will be opened up to on-campus students during Phase 2 of registration. Learn more about priority registration.