Family and Human Development, BS

Do you have a passion for improving the lives of children and families? You'll want to first learn about the stages of development and gain understanding of how human relationships work. With these foundational skills, you'll be prepared to make a difference in a variety of settings.

Program Description

The BS degree program in family and human development focuses on contemporary issues in society and how they impact children and families.

Required courses give students the opportunity to learn about the stages of human development through the lifespan and specialize in particular stages (i.e., infancy, adolescence, aging). Students gain a deep understanding of the complicated dynamics of human relationships in families, workplaces and communities.

Students can build on the foundational knowledge of development and relationships in the required core courses by taking elective courses that provide a specialized skill set. Students also may choose to participate in learning experiences outside of the classroom, including working in the Child Development Lab, working as a research assistant, and doing an internship. Proficiency in written communication, research methodology and data analysis are also gained in this family and human development program.

In addition to the guidelines in the Concurrent Program Options section below, students interested in pursuing concurrent or second baccalaureate degrees in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are advised to visit the college's website for more information and requirements.

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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus, or online
  • Additional Program Fee: Yes
  • Second Language Requirement: No
  • First Required Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics
  • Math Intensity: General program math intensity general

Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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Transfer Options

ASU is committed to helping students thrive by offering tools that allow personalization of the transfer path to ASU. Students may use the Transfer Map search to outline a list of recommended courses to take prior to transfer.

ASU has transfer partnerships in Arizona and across the country to create a simplified transfer experience for students. These pathway programs include exclusive benefits, tools and resources, and help students save time and money in their college journey. Students may learn more about these programs by visiting the admission site:

Change of Major Requirements

A current ASU student has no additional requirements for changing majors.

Students should refer to for information about how to change a major to this program.

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Career Outlook

A bachelor's degree in family and human development prepares students for a rewarding career in:

  • business
  • child and family advocacy
  • education
  • government
  • social services

This program also provides excellent preparation for future graduate work in:

  • counseling
  • health-related professions
  • law
  • social work

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


  • Growth: 16.8%
  • Median Salary*: $35,960
  Bright Outlook

Family and Consumer Sciences Professor (FACS Professor)

  • Growth: 1.3%
  • Median Salary*: $72,220

Government Programs Specialist

  • Growth: 3.8%
  • Median Salary*: $47,110

Guidance Counselor

  • Growth: 8.0%
  • Median Salary*: $58,120
  Bright Outlook

Human Resources Specialist (HR Specialist)

  • Growth: 7.0%
  • Median Salary*: $63,490
  Bright Outlook

Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT)

  • Growth: 22.3%
  • Median Salary*: $51,340
  Bright Outlook

Mental Health Counselor

  • Growth: %
  • Median Salary*:
  Bright Outlook

Preschool Teacher

  • Growth: 2.5%
  • Median Salary*: $31,930

Social Services Director

  • Growth: 17.0%
  • Median Salary*: $69,600
  Bright Outlook

Social Worker

  • Growth: 11.7%
  • Median Salary*: $48,430
  Bright Outlook

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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Global Experience

With over 250 programs in more than 65 countries (ranging from one week to one year), study abroad is possible for all ASU students wishing to gain global skills and knowledge in preparation for a 21st-century career. Students earn ASU credit for completed courses, while staying on track for graduation, and may apply financial aid and scholarships toward program costs.

Attend Online

ASU offers this program in an online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. Applicants may view the program description and request more information here.

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