Online Bachelor of Science in Family and Human Development

Human development and family studies prepares you to provide key human services for the people who need them most. Arizona State University’s online Bachelor of Science in family and human development program equips you with theoretical knowledge and practical skills to promote healthy human development and family relationships.

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Quick facts

Next start date:

Next start date: 07/01/2024


Total classes:

Total classes: 41

Weeks per class:

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours:

Total credit hours: 120

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Prepare for a career in human development and family studies

Human development and family studies focus on the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of individuals and families across the life span. In this program, you’ll explore the historical, theoretical and academic frameworks used to explain:

  • Cultural diversity.
  • Family behavior.
  • Family relationships.
  • Human development.
  • Marriage.

You’ll also examine societal issues individuals face within the context of family. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to address these issues and implement solutions that improve child development and family relationships in both the private and public sectors.

The skills you’ll develop in this program

Courses in this program provide you with a deep understanding of human behavior, family relationships and human development. As you progress through these courses, you’ll also gain transferable skills, including:

  • Interpersonal skills.
  • Research methods.
  • Statistical analysis.
  • Written communication.

This program emphasizes practical application, allowing you to immediately implement your learning in your personal and professional life.

Get on the fast track to becoming a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE)

This program is designated as a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE)-approved program by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). This designation allows graduates who complete the required coursework to fast track their applications to become certified family life educators (CFLE) without taking the CFLE exam. If you’re interested in this credential, meet with an academic advisor to confirm if you’re a candidate for the fast-track program and to ensure you choose the correct courses.

Certified Child Life Specialist designation

Although the Certified Child Life Specialist designation cannot be earned at Arizona State University, students can take a series of classes, outlined by their academic advisor to help them complete the required coursework portion of the CCLS certification. Final determination on the eligibility of coursework is up to the Child Life Organization. This degree program doesn't offer the 600-hour internship requirement to be eligible to sit for the CCLS exam. Visit childlife.org to learn more about the eligibility requirements for certification.

Will my diploma say ‘online’?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.”

Family and human development courses

Courses in this program explore concepts ranging from personal growth in human relationships to infant and toddler development. Coursework will help you gain knowledge in human development and family dynamics while acquiring related skills in writing, diversity awareness, interpersonal communication and statistics. With a wide range of electives to choose from, you can customize your educational journey to align with your personal and professional goals.


Human development and family studies jobs

Upon graduation, you can seek out a variety of positions focused on serving the needs of children and families in education, government agencies, nonprofit organizations or business.

You can also pursue a master’s or doctoral degree post-graduation if you’re interested in senior positions in human services. An advanced degree in marriage and family therapy or psychology could lead to careers as a therapist or counselor while a master’s degree in education could qualify you for teaching positions. Potential career paths include, but aren’t limited to:

Advocate


Growth: 8.6 %
Salary: $38,520

Family and Consumer Sciences Professor (FACS Professor)


Growth: 3.9 %
Salary: $76,440

Government Programs Specialist


Growth: 2.2 %
Salary: $49,230

Guidance Counselor


Growth: 5.4 %
Salary: $60,140

Human Resources Specialist (HR Specialist)


Growth: 5.9 %
Salary: $64,240

Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT)


Growth: 14.9 %
Salary: $56,570

Mental Health Counselor


Growth: 18.4 %
Salary: $49,710

Preschool Teacher


Growth: 3.4 %
Salary: $35,330

Social Services Director


Growth: 9.1 %
Salary: $74,240

Faculty who encourage excellence in family and human development

The School of Social and Family Dynamics is home to prestigious faculty members who excel in research and teaching.

  • Centennial Professor.
  • Dean’s Excellence in Teaching.
  • MacArthur Fellow.
  • Most Inspirational Professor.
  • National Council on Family Relations Fellow.
  • Outstanding Faculty Mentor.
  • Outstanding Lecturer.
  • Professor of the Year.
  • William T. Grant Foundation Scholars.

Faculty who encourage excellence in family and human development

The School of Social and Family Dynamics is home to prestigious faculty members who excel in research and teaching.

  • Centennial Professor.
  • Dean’s Excellence in Teaching.
  • MacArthur Fellow.
  • Most Inspirational Professor.
  • National Council on Family Relations Fellow.
  • Outstanding Faculty Mentor.
  • Outstanding Lecturer.
  • Professor of the Year.
  • William T. Grant Foundation Scholars.

How to apply

I am a future

You’re considered a first-year student for application purposes if you’ve never attended college or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours.

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Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain general admission to most online programs at ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if Earned Admission is right for you.

*Some programs may have higher admission requirements. You must meet all program requirements to be admitted.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain general admission to most online programs at ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if Earned Admission is right for you.

*Some programs may have higher admission requirements. You must meet all program requirements to be admitted.

Supporting the next generation of family and human development professionals

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences takes a transdisciplinary approach to education with a vast spectrum of degrees in the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities. We inspire students to be socially aware, critical thinkers and global citizens.

25,500+


currently enrolled students.

$170 million


in research expenditures in 2022.

23


interdisciplinary schools and departments.

100+


undergraduate degrees.

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Tuition calculator

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

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