Family and Human Development, BS
At a Glance: program details
Required Courses (Major Map)
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.
All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.
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: https://admission.asu.edu/transfer/pathway-programs.
Change of Major Requirements
A current ASU student has no additional requirements for changing majors.
Students should refer to https://changingmajors.asu.edu for information about how to change a major to this program.
A bachelor's degree in family and human development prepares students for a rewarding career in:
- child and family advocacy
- social services
This program also provides excellent preparation for future graduate work in:
- health-related professions
- social work
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:
Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary
- Growth: 3.9%
- Median Salary*: 76440
Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs
- Growth: 2.2%
- Median Salary*: 49230
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education
- Growth: 3.4%
- Median Salary*: 35330
* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).
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.
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.
Accelerated bachelor's and master's degree programs are designed for high-achieving undergraduate students who want the opportunity to combine undergraduate coursework with graduate coursework to accelerate completion of their master's degree. These programs, featuring the same high-quality curriculum taught by ASU's world-renowned faculty, allow students to obtain both a bachelor's and a master's degree in as little as five years.
Accelerated bachelor's degree programs allow students to choose either a 2.5- or a 3-year path while participating in the same high-quality educational experience of a 4-year option. Students can opt to fast-track their studies after acceptance into a participating program by connecting with their academic advisor.