Online Bachelor of Science in Family & Human Development

Studying human development and family studies prepares you to provide key human services for the people who need them most. In this Bachelor of Science in family and human development program you will develop theoretical knowledge and practical skills that will help you promote healthy human development and family relationships.

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Next start date: 03/08/2021


Total classes: 39

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 120

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What is 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. The field concentrates on understanding human development and the societal issues facing individuals within the context of families. Professionals in this area work to address these issues and implement solutions that improve child development and family relationships.

The curriculum for our family and human development bachelor’s degree explores the historical, theoretical and academic frameworks used to explain human development and family behavior. It also examines family relationships, marriage, cultural diversity and more, completely online. Our courses emphasize the well-being of children, youth and adults, both individually and in families.

What will I learn in a family and human development degree?

 

The ASU Online family and human development bachelor’s degree combines traditional, broad-based liberal arts education with a focus on both the theory and practice of human development and family studies. This means you can develop knowledge and abilities that are applicable in your personal life as well as a wide variety of positions and career paths.

Can I become a marriage and family counselor with this degree?

 

Students in the family and human development program develop valuable abilities applicable to many types of careers in therapy. However, to pursue a career in marriage and family therapy you will need additional education, certification and licensure.

Likewise, this degree does not directly lead to jobs as a counselor, teacher or social worker. These careers also often require licensure and a master’s or doctoral degree. However, a bachelor’s in family and human development can still help you develop important skills for these careers and does prepare you to pursue advanced degrees in these related fields.

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 courses outlined by their academic advisor allowing them to meet the required coursework portion of the CCLS eligibility requirements. Visit childlife.org to learn more about the eligibility requirements for certification.

Family and human development courses

As a student of human development and family studies, you can explore courses with concepts ranging from personal growth in human relationships to infant and toddler development. Coursework in the program will help you gain knowledge in human development and family dynamics while acquiring related skills in writing, diversity awareness, interpersonal communication and statistics. A wide range of electives means you can customize your educational journey to align with your personal and professional goals. Featured courses include:


FAS 331: Marriage and Family Relationships (SB)


FAS 370: Family Ethnic and Cultural Diversity (SB & C)


FAS 361: Research Methods (L or SB)


FAS 101: Personal Growth in Human Relationships (SB)


CDE 232: Human Development (SB)


What can I do with a family and human development degree?

As a graduate of this program, you can seek out a variety of positions related to human services. You will be well-equipped for careers 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. A master’s degree in human development and family studies could lead to 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. Possible career paths for Bachelor of Science in Family and Human Development include, but aren’t limited to:

Family and Consumer Sciences Professor (FACS Professor)


Growth: 7.8 %
Salary: $71,630

Government Programs Specialist


Growth: 6.0 %
Salary: $44,400

Guidance Counselor


Growth: 12.6 %
Salary: $55,410

Human Resources Specialist (HR Specialist)


Growth: 7.1 %
Salary: $60,350

Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT)


Growth: 23.4 %
Salary: $48,790

Mental Health Counselor


Growth: 23.1 %
Salary:

Occupational Therapy (OT) Assistant


Growth: 28.9 %
Salary: $59,310

Preschool Teacher


Growth: 10.5 %
Salary: $28,990

Social Services Director


Growth: 18.0 %
Salary: $64,100

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 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 Lecturer.
  • Professor of the Year.
  • William T. Grant Foundation Scholars.

Family and Human development bachelor’s admission requirements

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You are considered a freshman for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).

1. Review competency requirements

2. Review other admission requirements

3. Complete online application

4. File your FAFSA

5. Request ACT or SAT scores

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to 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 the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to 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 the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

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.

$140 million


in research expenditures in 2018.

23


interdisciplinary schools and departments.

95+


undergraduate degrees.

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