Family Science and Human Development Major, Families, Children and School Settings Concentration (B.A.)

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Family Science and Human Development prepares students for careers working with youth and families in various settings. A major in Family Science and Human Development may be for you if you answer yes to any of the following questions:

  • Are you curious about the way children and adults grow and develop?
  • Have you wondered about how environmental and social factors affect physical, cognitive, and emotional development?
  • Are you interested in learning more about specific stages of human development such as infancy, childhood, adolescence, and aging?
  • Would you like to work with hospitalized children to help reduce the stress of medical treatment on them and their families?
  • Have you ever thought about a career in family counseling, working with youth in various settings, working with older adults, or teaching at the preschool or elementary grades level?

Graduates from the program work in a variety of human service settings. These include family and community services; youth service organizations; health care settings; juvenile and adult corrections; family courts system; long term care facilities; and early childhood, elementary, and parent education programs. This degree also provides students with the educational background they need to pursue graduate study in a variety of areas.

The Families, Children and School Settings concentration prepares students to work in a variety of educational settings. It allows students to pursue certification for teaching in schools at the P-3 or K-6 level.

Program Requirements

Students must complete 42 credits of General Education requirements and 3-9 credits of World Languages and Cultures Requirements.

Family Science and Human Development Core
FSHD 200Family Science and Human Development3
FSHD 304Research Methods for Studying Families and Human Development3
FSHD 315Field Experiences in Family and Human Services3
FSHD 348Individual and Family Development Over the Life Course3
FSHD 418Working with Diverse Families and Children3
FSHD 445Poverty and Families3
Developmental Core
FSHD 214Child Development I3
FSHD 314Child Development II: Adolescence3
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology3
Major Electives
Select 9 credits of Major Electives9
Additional Coursework
Select 33 credits of the Additional Coursework with advisement33
Total Credits69

Major Electives

FSHD 100Professional Orientation2
FSHD 140Family in Society3
FSHD 141Interpersonal Relations3
FSHD 201Social Gerontology: The Study of Aging3
FSHD 205Women in Contemporary Society3
FSHD 210Introduction to Child Life3
FSHD 215Infant Development3
FSHD 216Techniques for the Study of Child Personality3
FSHD 217Family Stress and Coping3
FSHD 225Exploring Family Diversity3
FSHD 230Dynamics of One-To-One Communication3
FSHD 231The Family in the Economic System3
FSHD 240Volunteer in the Community3
FSHD 241Group Dynamics3
FSHD 270Individual and Professional Development in Family Science and Human Development3
FSHD 275Comparative Studies of Global Families3
FSHD 300Field Trip Experiences in Family Science and Human Development1
FSHD 305Death and Bereavement in the Family3
FSHD 308Independent Study1
FSHD 310Teaching Daily Living Skills to Special Needs Populations3
FSHD 313Organization and Management of Child Care Centers3
FSHD 317Fieldwork Experience in Family Science and Human Development: The Hospitalized Child3
FSHD 318Gender Development Across the Life Course3
FSHD 320Parenting Skills and Resources3
FSHD 322Play Techniques in Working with Children3
FSHD 325Adult Development and Aging3
FSHD 328Peer Counseling3
FSHD 329Theories and Techniques of Group Processes3
FSHD 331Money Management3
FSHD 332Action Approaches to Personal Awareness3
FSHD 340Aging and Social Policy3
FSHD 342Family Sociology3
FSHD 344Challenge of Aging3
FSHD 345Gender in a Changing World3
FSHD 350Immigrant Families3
FSHD 360Families in Later Life3
FSHD 370Individual and Family Problem-Solving3
FSHD 400Senior Seminar3
FSHD 401Advanced Research Methods in Family Science and Human Development3
FSHD 408Workshop in Family Science and Human Development1-3
FSHD 409Internship6-12
FSHD 411Sibling Relationships3
FSHD 415Child in the Community3
FSHD 419Special Studies in Family and Child Services3
FSHD 430Evidence-Based Family Policy and Analysis3
FSHD 448Family Counseling3
FSHD 470Family Management3

Additional Coursework

ECEL 200Perspectives on Early Childhood and Elementary Education in a Democracy3
ECEL 209Promoting Infant Toddler Social Emotional Well-being in Educational Settings3
ECEL 210Supervised Field Work in Infant and Toddler Educational Settings3
ECEL 216Arts and Creative Expression in Early Childhood3
ECEL 219Language and Literature for Young Children3
ECEL 279Foundation and Philosophy of Inclusive Education3
ECEL 365Independent Study in Early Childhood and Elementary Education1-3
ECEL 375Selected Topics in Early Childhood and Elementary Education1-3
ECEL 408Social Studies and the Arts in Elementary Classrooms3
ECEL 410Clinical Experience I: Inclusive Elementary and Early Childhood Classrooms1-3
ECEL 411Clinical Experience I: Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms2
ECEL 412Seminar I: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms1
ECEL 413Seminar I: Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms1
ECEL 414Clinical Practice II: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms9
ECEL 415Clinical Experience II: Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms8
ECEL 417Problem Solving in Science, Math, and Technology in Early Childhood Classrooms3
ECEL 418Social and Cultural Context of Families and Communities3
ECEL 419Seminar II: Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms1
ECEL 420Building Programs and Community in Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms3
ECEL 421Seminar II: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms3
ECEL 422Integrating Elementary Curriculum and Assessment for Equity and Diversity3
ECEL 424In-Service Supervised Student Teaching9
ECEL 427Explorations: Science, Math, and Technology in the Elementary Classrooms3
ECEL 435Content Integration and Assessment in Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms3
EDFD 176The Italian American Experience: On the Margins or in the Mainstream?3
EDFD 200Psychological Foundations of Education3
EDFD 210Public Purposes of Education: Democracy and Schooling3
EDFD 220Philosophical Orientation to Education3
EDFD 221Historical Foundations of American Education3
EDFD 264Gender Issues in Education3
EDFD 305Teaching for Equity Diversity3
EDFD 312Educating English Language Learners1
EDFD 441Urban Politics and Education3
EDFD 449Current Issues in American Education3
FSHD 100Professional Orientation2
FSHD 140Family in Society3
FSHD 141Interpersonal Relations3
FSHD 201Social Gerontology: The Study of Aging3
FSHD 205Women in Contemporary Society3
FSHD 210Introduction to Child Life3
FSHD 215Infant Development3
FSHD 216Techniques for the Study of Child Personality3
FSHD 217Family Stress and Coping3
FSHD 225Exploring Family Diversity3
FSHD 230Dynamics of One-To-One Communication3
FSHD 231The Family in the Economic System3
FSHD 240Volunteer in the Community3
FSHD 241Group Dynamics3
FSHD 270Individual and Professional Development in Family Science and Human Development3
FSHD 275Comparative Studies of Global Families3
FSHD 300Field Trip Experiences in Family Science and Human Development1
FSHD 305Death and Bereavement in the Family3
FSHD 308Independent Study1
FSHD 310Teaching Daily Living Skills to Special Needs Populations3
FSHD 313Organization and Management of Child Care Centers3
FSHD 315Field Experiences in Family and Human Services3
FSHD 316Service-Learning Experiences with Families and Children3
FSHD 317Fieldwork Experience in Family Science and Human Development: The Hospitalized Child3
FSHD 318Gender Development Across the Life Course3
FSHD 320Parenting Skills and Resources3
FSHD 322Play Techniques in Working with Children3
FSHD 325Adult Development and Aging3
FSHD 328Peer Counseling3
FSHD 329Theories and Techniques of Group Processes3
FSHD 331Money Management3
FSHD 332Action Approaches to Personal Awareness3
FSHD 340Aging and Social Policy3
FSHD 342Family Sociology3
FSHD 344Challenge of Aging3
FSHD 345Gender in a Changing World3
FSHD 350Immigrant Families3
FSHD 360Families in Later Life3
FSHD 370Individual and Family Problem-Solving3
FSHD 400Senior Seminar3
FSHD 401Advanced Research Methods in Family Science and Human Development3
FSHD 408Workshop in Family Science and Human Development1-3
FSHD 409Internship6-12
FSHD 411Sibling Relationships3
FSHD 415Child in the Community3
FSHD 419Special Studies in Family and Child Services3
FSHD 430Evidence-Based Family Policy and Analysis3
FSHD 448Family Counseling3
FSHD 470Family Management3
READ 100College Learning and Thinking Skills3
READ 209Children's Literature for a Multicultural Society3
READ 210Public Purposes of Education: Democracy and Schooling3
READ 305Teaching for Equity Diversity3
READ 312Educating English Language Learners1
READ 399Early Literacy Development and Instruction3
READ 408Literacy in the Elementary Grades3
READ 411Language and Literacy3
SPED 279Foundation and Philosophy of Inclusive Education3
SPED 367Language-Based Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms3
SPED 468Content Area Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms3
SPED 469Inclusive Methods for Middle and Secondary Schools3
SPED 488Promoting Prosocial Behaviors in Inclusive Settings3