Undergraduate Programs in Family and Human Development

Programs in family and human development seek to understand individuals and family units both independently and as they relate to the environment and the society that surrounds them. Students gain an understanding of the challenges, struggles, and changes in human life at each stage of the human life span from birth through death. Students also learn about families – various family structures, how families are formed, what makes a family strong, the nature of the family as the basic social unit, and how and why families are dissolved. Students will bring to their studies of persons and families knowledge of research methods in the human sciences, communication skills, computer skills, and ability to work with statistics.

Some of the specific areas of study include early childhood development, human growth and development, abnormal psychology, dynamics of marriage relationships, public policy and families, parent-child relationships, death and dying, effects of poverty on families, impacts of work issues on families, child evaluation, social programs for children, and more.

Students who obtain a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Family and Human Development frequently pursue careers as social workers, human resources managers, training professionals, labor relations specialists, child neglect and abuse workers, child evaluation specialists, and family assessment specialists. 

The Bachelor’s degree in Family and Human Development can lead to an important and rewarding career. Some graduates choose to pursue a graduate degree in order to specialize in a particular area or to enter counseling with families and children. Some work in social services departments or for non-profit agencies dedicated to community outreach or adolescent intervention.

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