Many people say they enjoy being around kids, but would you want to study how they develop, how they interact with others or how to parent them? This is all part of Auburn's Human Development and Family Studies major.
Students majoring in human development and family studies can have a concentration in infancy and preschool, child life, middle childhood and adolescence, adult, gerontology, family programming and research or public policy and legislation.
Each student is required to do an internship for a semester before graduation. The internship cannot be done while taking classes.
Katie Ling is a senior majoring in human development and family studies with a concentration in infancy and preschool. After graduation she hopes to teach parenting classes.
She is currently interning at Women’s Hope Medical Clinic in Auburn. Women’s Hope is a Christian, non-profit organization that offers free and confidential services to girls facing difficult life situations.
“At Women’s Hope I oversee the parenting program which consists of weekly classes where soon to be parents will come and watch a video. I will go in to discuss the video with them and any homework,” Ling said. “It is really cool to be able to build relationships with the parents and to go through their pregnancy with them.”
The experience through interning gives students an everyday look at what it might be like to work in this field. Working with a variety of people in different settings gives students many learning opportunities.
“My internship ties in with my major because part of it is parent education so I’m getting to do these parenting classes that help educate them on how to be a better parent,” Ling said.
Students in the human development and family studies program have also interned at places like Auburn University Early Learning Center, Lifeline Children’s Services, Baptist Medical Center South and Children’s Hospital of Birmingham.
Some of the required courses include parent education, child development in the family and learning experience for young children.
For more information about the human development and family studies program, click here to visit the website.