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Family Studies & Human Development

Bachelor of Science

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The division of Family Studies and Human Development (FSHD) provides more than just a curriculum for its majors. Students have the opportunity to enhance their classroom learning through involvement in a variety of non-classroom experiences, faculty-supervised research experiences, and student organizations such as the FSHD Ambassadors and the Family Studies Student Round Table (FSSRT). One hallmark of the FSHD undergraduate program is an emphasis on hands-on work experience. Classroom knowledge is supplemented through supervised internships in a variety of settings that include social service agencies, schools, mental health organizations, hospitals, and retirement homes. Experiences such as staffing a crisis hot line, teaching parenting skills, or facilitating a divorce support group for children allow students to explore future careers, gain valuable experience, and provide vital outreach to the community. These experiences help FSHD majors prepare to pursue careers and graduate training in fields such as human services, social policy, community and public health, counseling, social work, medicine, gerontology, and family law.

WUE This major is eligible for the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program at the following location: UA South Campus. Students from Western states who select this major and campus may be eligible for reduced nonresident tuition at a rate of 150 percent of Arizona resident tuition plus all applicable fees.

Major Details

College: College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Admissions Requirements:

This major has additional admission criteria. Please see the Family Studies and Human Development requirement page for more information.

Math Required:


    The M-strand is for students who require mathematical facility at the level of at least MATH 110 (Collegiate Algebra). This strand involves reasonable facility with algebra and algebraic functions, graphs, and simple modeling. Students who choose the M-strand are prepared for further mathematical work. This work may include LING 178 (The Mathematics of Language and Linguistics), MATH 114 (Finite Mathematics), MATH 113 (Elements of Calculus), or a statistics class from outside the Mathematics Department, such as ISTA 116 (Statistical Foundations for the Information Age) or SBS 200 (Statistics for the Social Sciences).
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: Yes
Pre-Major: Yes
Available at:
  • Main Campus
  • UA Douglas
  • UA South Online
  • UA Pinal
  • UA Pima
  • UA Santa Cruz
  • UA Sierra Vista
  • UA South Yuma
  • UA Yuma

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2017 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

Select a year:

UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
ENGL 101 First Year Composition 3
Math 112 College Algebra 3
FSHD 197A Introduction to Family Studies and Human Development 1
FSHD 117 Lifespan Human Development 3
Second Language 4
2nd Semester
ENGL 102 First Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
FSHD 257 Dynamics of Family Relations 3
Social Science and Human Behavior 3
Second Language 4
3rd Semester
Statistics 3
FSHD 237 Close Relationships 3
Social Science and Human Behavior 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
4th Semester
Research Methods 3
Social Science and Human Behavior 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
5th Semester
FSHD 323 Infancy/Child Development 3
FSHD 377 Adolescence 3
FSHD 384 Leadership, Ethics, and Professional Practices 3
Advanced Composition 3
Biology & Life Science 3
6th Semester
FSHD 413 Issues in Aging 3
FSHD Complementary Advanced Topic 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
7th Semester
FSHD 447A Sociocultural Context of Development or FSHD 447C Biosocial Development 3
FSHD Applied Skills 3
Biology & Life Science 3
Minor 3
Minor 3
Minor 3
8th Semester
FSHD 487 Advanced Family Relations 3
FSHD Advanced Topics or Applied Skills 3
Minor 3
Minor 3
Minor 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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