HDFL now Applied Behavioral Sciences department
The Department of Human Development and Family Life became the Department
of Applied Behavioral Sciences on Aug. 1.
Edward K. Morris, chair of the department, said the new name better reflected
the department’s focus, advances in the discipline and opportunities
“This change is the culmination of having redefined our mission,
reorganized our curriculum and revised our major requirement,” Morris
The department will retain “the KU Program in Human Development
and Family Life” as a subtitle to “maintain our historical
continuity and identity in the College, the university and the community
at large,” Morris said.
In addition to the name change, new undergraduate majors now will be required
to complete 33 hours in four required courses and complete additional
coursework and a practicum in a specialty area.
The two-track doctoral program has been replaced by one integrated track,
requiring minor adjustments to requirements in that area. The doctoral
degree’s name has been changed from “developmental and child
psychology” to “behavioral psychology.”
Changes are effective this fall for newly enrolling undergraduate and
graduate students. Current students may remain in the HDFL major and graduate
degree programs or they may elect to change to the ABS programs.
For more information e-mail Morris at firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit www.ku.edu/~absc.