Human Development & Family Science Undergraduate Major

Prepare For Careers That Strengthen Families, Communities, and Individuals






B.S. Human Development & Family Science

If you’re a people-focused student driven to help others and improve the quality of life for families, individuals and communities, consider majoring in Human Development & Family Science. The Bachelor of Science curriculum is perfect for those pursuing a profession in human services, from counseling and health care to social work and education.

Why Major in Human Development and Family Science?

You can turn your passion for helping others into a thriving career with a bachelor’s degree in FSHD!

The FSHD program at the University of Arizona provides a multidimensional approach to understanding human behavior and relationships from psychological, social, cultural, and biological perspectives. You will build interpersonal skills and learn how to apply your knowledge in a career or graduate program in fields including social work, counseling, nursing, occupational therapy, human resources, child/youth program management, non-profit family support organizations, and other social service and healthcare programs.

In the HDFS program, you will explore topics like adolescence, child development, family relationships, mental health, counseling, youth programs, and more. You will partner with faculty that have firsthand experience working with families and individuals in many contexts. Our program has an excellent network of community agencies and programs that provide internship opportunities and hands-on learning for our students to apply what they learn in real-world settings.

Whether you’re stepping directly into a people-focused career after graduation or using your HDFS degree as a launch-pad into a master’s program in nursing, counseling, social work, and more, we will provide you with knowledge, skills, and opportunities to put them to use throughout your experience in our program. Launch your career in the helping professions to improve life for children, teens, older adults, individuals and families. Soon you will be providing support to people in need, and you will be well-equipped to meet challenges head-on.

What Can You Do With a Degree in Human Development and Family Science?

There are a variety of available to students who complete a Bachelor's in Human Development and Family Science, including:

  • Marriage and Family Counseling
  • Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Human Resources
  • Community and Public Health
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Family Law

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Sample Courses

  • HDFS 237: Love, Intimacy and Relationships
  • HDFS 401: Basic Skills in Counseling
  • HDFS 413: Issues in Aging
  • HDFS 450: Human Sexuality and Relations

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