Family and Human Development, BS

At a Glance: program details

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

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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.

Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

Freshman Transfer International Readmission

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:

Social and Human Service Assistants

  • Growth: 8.6%
  • Median Salary*: 38520
  Bright Outlook

Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 3.9%
  • Median Salary*: 76440

Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs

  • Growth: 2.2%
  • Median Salary*: 49230

Educational, Guidance and Career Counselors and Advisors

  • Growth: 5.4%
  • Median Salary*: 60140
  Bright Outlook

Human Resources Specialists

  • Growth: 5.9%
  • Median Salary*: 64240
  Bright Outlook

Marriage and Family Therapists

  • Growth: 14.9%
  • Median Salary*: 56570
  Bright Outlook

Mental Health Counselors

  • Growth: 18.4%
  • Median Salary*: 49710
  Bright Outlook

Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

  • Growth: 3.4%
  • Median Salary*: 35330

Social and Community Service Managers

  • Growth: 9.1%
  • Median Salary*: 74240
  Bright Outlook

Child, Family, and School Social Workers

  • Growth: 5.3%
  • Median Salary*: 50820
  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).

Global Opportunities

Global Experience

Through study abroad, students can explore different cultures and social dynamics while developing in-demand professional skills, including teamwork and problem-solving. Opportunities available include home stays, which allow students to make connections with families in other countries. Students can stay on track academically while earning ASU credit over winter or spring break trips. More information is available on the Global Education website.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recommends these programs to students majoring in family and human development.

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.

Program Contact Information

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