Family Science and Human Development Major, Family Services 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 Family Services concentration emphasizes the study of the family. Students learn about family development, relationships, dynamics, functioning, health, and resource management. They examine the various cultural, community, and socioeconomic contexts in which families function and study interventions used to support families. The concentration combines family research and theory with application in a variety of human services organizations and community agencies.

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
or FSHD 316 Service-Learning Experiences with Families and Children
FSHD 348Individual and Family Development Over the Life Course3
FSHD 418Working with Diverse Families and Children3
FSHD 445Poverty and Families3
Family Services Required Courses
FSHD 141Interpersonal Relations3
FSHD 214Child Development I3
FSHD 409Internship9
Major Electives
Select any 9 credits in the Family Science and Human Development department9
Required Collaterals
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology3
Elective Collaterals
Select 9 credits from one of the following areas of emphasis by advisement:9
African-American Studies (see African-American Studies minor for course list)
Arabic Studies (see Arabic Studies minor for course list)
Asian Studies (see Asian Studies minor for course list))
Child Advocacy-Social Work (any undergraduate CHAD or SOWK courses)
Entrepreneurship (any undergraduate ENTR courses)
Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies (any undergraduate GLQS or WMGS courses)
Jewish-American Studies (see Jewish-American Studies minor for course list)
Justice Studies (any undergraduate JUST or PALG courses)
Latin-American and Latino Studies (see Latin-American and Latino Studies minor for course list)
Political Science and Law (any undergraduate POLS or LAWS courses)
Psychology (any undergraduate PSYC courses)
Public Health (any undergraduate HLTH courses)
Sociology (any undergraduate SOCI courses)
Total Credits54