Human Development and Family Studies

Programs offered
  • Human Development and Family Studies (major and minor)

Human Development and Family Studies (BA)



The Human Development and Family Studies major in the Family and Consumer Sciences Department is intended to prepare you to understand individuals and families, and to use your knowledge to affect the direction of our culture through human services in business, social service, and educational settings.

  • A minimum 71 credits are required for this major, including 25 upper-division credits.
  • This major includes elective upper-division coursework in sociology, psychology, and health sciences.
  • This major requires completion of the Family and Consumer Sciences Core, which includes:
    • FCS 1050 “Introduction to FCS,” completed in your freshman or sophomore year. (If you are a transfer student, you may complete this in your junior year.
    • FCS 3240 “Individual and Family Development,” completed after FCS 1050.
    • FCS 4899 “Senior Capstone,” completed after FCS3240, and during your senior year.
  • You may combine this major with the Family and Consumer Sciences Secondary Education major.
  • A minimum of 30 credits are required for the minor, including 15 upper-division credits.

Apply to the major or minor

  • You should apply for this major or minor by your junior year.
  • Your application is due on or before the first Friday of Autumn, Winter, or Spring quarter.
  • Applications for this major and minor are reviewed once per quarter.
  • Faculty must approve all admission to the major and minor.
  • Your overall GPA must be a minimum of 2.5 for admission to this major.
  • Apply to this major or minor through the online Major or Minor application. You must complete the major or minor requirements in effect when you are admitted to the major or minor.

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Family Consumer Sciences 

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Time Schedule: Family Consumer Sciences

Course planning

Suggested course sequences help you complete your degree in a timely manner.