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Family Studies and Human Development
UA South's small campus atmosphere offers students the advantage of individualized instruction and support while also providing access to the resources of one of the top-ranked research universities in the nation.
The Bachelor of Science in Family Studies and Human Development prepares students for careers in working with children and adolescents, teaching parenting skills, helping survivors of domestic violence, and working with corrections facilities and child and elderly protection agencies. Graduates are also well prepared for graduate studies in Education, Social Work and Counseling.
Students take a variety of courses investigating human development, relationships, family dynamics and the factors that influence cognitive, physical and social development throughout the life span.
Because this is a transfer degree program, there are specific entrance requirements you must meet prior to admission to the program:
- Completion of 60 or more transferable credits from a regionally accredited institution
- Official or unofficial transcripts from all schools you have attended (UA South advisor will review these with you)
- A minimum 2.0 GPA in your transferrable coursework
- Completion of lower division major and minor requirements and any prerequisite classes
Please contact us if you have any questions and to receive a pre-transfer review of your previously taken coursework to ensure your eligibility and readiness for the program.
UA South maintains a variety of tools to help you plan your education. We include them here for your reference. To make a personalized plan for your UA South education, contact us!
UA Degree Search provides an overview of the Family Studies and Human Development major, four year plans, transfer pathways, and career opportunities.
Transfer Pathway Agreements guide students who are earning specific community college degrees. AZ Transfer Pathways allow students to complete an Associates of Applied Science degree at any Arizona community college and transfer seamlessly into the Bachelor of Applied Science degree at The University of Arizona South. Specifically, UA South has partnership agreements with Arizona Western College, Central Arizona College, Cochise College, Eastern Arizona College, the Maricopa Community College District, and Pima Community College. Students can also transfer from other institutions and should contact an academic advisor to find out how!
All prospective students are encouraged to speak with an academic advisor for an unofficial evaluation of their transfer credit, including military credits, to ensure the timely and cost efficient progress towards their Bachelor's degree.
Academic Advisement Reports are the official degree audits for UA students once they have been admitted into their chosen major. The Family Studies and Human Development report contains lists of applicable classes to be used to satisfy graduation requirements. Current UA students can access their personalized Advisement Report in UAccess Student Center under the Academics menu.
Courses are based in theory with a strong focus on professional application. Courses in the major include:
- FSHV 337, Dynamics of Family Relations
The modern family and its relationships with emphasis on marriage and interpersonal relationships.
- FSHV 427C, Problems in Child/Adolescent Development and Relations
Identification, analysis, and treatment of problems in child and adolescent development and relationships.
- FSHVC, Biosocial Development
This course addresses topics in human development (e.g., family relationships, sexual development, competitive behavior, sex differences, the adolescent brain) from evolutionary and biosocial perspectives.