Human Development & Family Studies

Completion of our Human Development and Family Studies major prepares students for work in a variety of human service settings. These include: youth services organizations, parent education programs, allied health care settings, juvenile and adult corrections, family and community services, long-term care facilities, and church and military family life programs.

Graduates are also well prepared to pursue an advanced degree in the behavioral and social sciences, marital and family therapy studies, human development, or other professional programs, leading to teaching, counseling, research or administrative positions in social service, government, education or church settings.

The Human Development and Family Studies graduate is also qualified to receive provisional certification in Family Life Education from the National Council on Family Relations.


Part 1: General Education Core
(See Core Studies Requirements)

Part 2: Liberal Arts Major

40 credits, no more than 9 of which may be used to satisfy Core Studies requirements. None of these credits may be used to satisfy another major in the Humanities Department.

24 credits in residence, 21 upper division. Required:

COMM/EN 350 Creative Writing: Poetry and Fiction 3
OR COMM/EN 351 Creative Writing: Creative Nonfiction 3
FA 300 Aesthetics 3
PHIL 201 Introduction to Philosophy 3
HUM 391/392 Humanities Internship 2-5
Electives from at least three of the following academic areas (total a minimum of 40 credits for the degree):
ART 100 Basic Studio Art 2
ART 250/350 Art Appreciation 3
EN 215/215 Global Literature 3
OR EN 245/345 Urban Literature 3
EN/DR 220 Introduction to Drama 3
OR EN 250/349 Understanding Film and its Forms 3
EN/DR 360 Shakespeare 3
OR EN 325 Rogues and Rebels: Survey of
Literature in English 1600 to 1815
OR EN 326 Romantics and Realists: Survey of Literature in English 1815 to Present 3
OR EN 335 Epic Literature and Mythology 3
OR EN 336 Sagas, Saints and Sonnets: Survey of Literatures in English 700 to 1600 3
OR COMM/EN 385 Introduction to Critical Strategies 3
COMM 220 Public Speaking 3
COMM/EN 450 Ethical Theory for Writing and Reading 3
FA 200 Introduction to the Arts 3
Participatory Fine Arts Elective (Music, Drama, Art) 1-3
HIS 306 Seminar in US History 3
HIS 316 Seminiar in European History 3
HIS 321 Seminar in World History 3
HIS/URB 370 History of the American City 3
HIS 485 Historiography 3
PHIL 300 Ethics 3
BI 230 Major Characters of the Old Testament 3
BI 250 Life and Teachings of Jesus 3
OR BI 260 Life and Teachings of Jesus 3
REL/SOC 310 Religions of the World 3
OR REL 351 Christian Thought in American Culture 3
MA 104 Math Concepts and Applications 3
BIO/PHS College Level Biology or Physical Science w/Lab 3-4
MA Any Math course above MA 111 3-4
Social Sciences:
EC 203 Economics 3
PS 140 American Government 3
OR PSY 140/141 General Psychology 3
OR SOC 140 Principles of Sociology 3
PS/BUS 303 Business and Employment Law 3
PSY/BIO 300 Neuroscience and Behavior 3
OR PSY 314 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSY 401 History and Systems of Psychology 3
OR PSY 402 Personality Theory 3
OR PSY 411 Psychology of Religion 3
SS 351 Cultural Anthropology 3
OR SS/BUS 380 Conflict: From Theory to Action 3
SOC/HIS 340 Ethnic Relations in America 3
OR SOC/PS 345 Social Problems and Public Policy 3
OR SOC/PS/SS 355 Issues in International Relations 3
OR SOC/REL 470 Christian Social Concern 3
OR SOC 380 Contemporary Family Issues 3

Major Competencies

  • Graduates will use a multidisciplinary approach to learning; demonstrate sound understanding of content, methods, and interpretive perspectives within different fields in the Humanities, Religious Studies, Math, and the Natural and Social Sciences.
  • Graduates will identify connections and inter-relationships among disparate disciplines to effectively engage complex social and professional issues.
  • Graduates will think critically and collaboratively.
  • Graduates will communicate effectively in both written and oral forms.
  • Graduates will transform culture by engaging aesthetic urban contexts and communities.

(Updated Sept. 2015)