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Family Studies & Human Development

Bachelor of Science

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The University of Arizona's Family Studies & Human Development (FSHD) bachelor's program will launch you into a rewarding, people-focused career. Our major is ideal for students pursuing human services professions that improve individual and family life through counseling, health care, social programs, and education. In the FSHD 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 FSHD 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. 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.

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

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.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
ENGL 101 First Year Composition 3
Math - 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
FSHD 257 Dynamics of Family Relations 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 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 II 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
Biological Processes and Development 3
6th Semester
FSHD 413 Issues in Aging 3
FSHD 427A or 427C Problems in Adult Development & Relations or Problems in Child/Adolescent Developm 3
FSHD Complementary Advanced Topic 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
Biological Processes and Development 3
Minor 3
Minor 3
Minor 3
8th Semester
FSHD 487 Advanced Family Relations 3
FSHD Upper Division Elective 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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