Family and Human Development, BS

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  • 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 helping children and families succeed? Learn foundational concepts related to the stages of human development and relationships. With these skills, you'll be prepared to improve lives and promote healthy relationships in a human-centered career.

Program Description

The BS degree program in family and human development focuses on helping children and families thrive in the modern world by encouraging healthy relationships and tackling contemporary societal issues.

Students study the stages of human development throughout the life span and gain a deep understanding of the complex dynamics of human relationships in families, workplaces and communities. They also become proficient in written communication, research methodology and data analysis.

Elective courses provide a specialized skill set in areas such as infancy, adolescence and aging. Students may also participate in learning experiences outside the classroom, such as working in the Child Development Lab, working as a research assistant and completing an internship.

In addition to reviewing 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.

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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:

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 homestays, which enable 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.

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