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 Arizona State University's 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.
Next start date: 10/11/2023
Total classes: 41
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?
ASU Online's 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.
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 201: Careers in Family and Human Development
FAS 331: Modern Family Relationships (SB)
FAS 370: Family Ethnic and Cultural Diversity (SB & C)
CDE 232: Human Development (SB)
FAS 101: Personal Growth and Relationships (SB)
CDE 430: Infant and Toddler Development in the Family (SB)
CDE 450: Childhood Disorders and Family Functioning (L)
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 Human development bachelor’s admission requirements
You are considered a first-year student 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).
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.