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 Overview
|FSHD 200||Introduction to the Content Areas in Family Science and Human Development||3|
|FSHD 304||Research Methods for Studying Families and Human Development||3|
|FSHD 315||Field Experiences in Family and Human Services||3|
|or FSHD 316|| Service-Learning Experiences with Families and Children|
|FSHD 348||Individual and Family Development Over the Life Course||3|
|FSHD 418||Working with Diverse Families and Children||3|
|FSHD 445||Poverty and Families||3|
|FSHD 141||Interpersonal Relations||3|
|FSHD 214||Child Development I||3|
|PSYC 101||Introduction to Psychology||3|
General Education Requirements
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|Code ||Title ||Credits |
|Introduction to Psychology (Fulfilled in the major.)|
World Languages and Cultures Requirements
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|Code ||Title ||Credits |
|Poverty and Families (Fulfilled in the major.)|
Recommended Roadmap to Degree Completion
This recommended four-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within four years. This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.
Plan of Study Grid
| ||Total Credits||10|