School: Arts and Social & Behavioral Sciences
Degree Type: Bachelors Degree
Format: In-Person
Student Type: Traditional Undergraduate

Support Personal Growth for People At Every Stage of Life

As a Human Development & Family Studies major, explore the interrelationships among a family and its connection to the larger community, the socialization of the child, and human interaction throughout the lifespan. The Warner Pacific Human Development & Family Studies program is accredited by the National Council on Family Relations.

Students who earn their degree can qualify to be provisionally recognized as a Certified Family Life Educator, and fully certified after completing the required work experience hours. When you graduate, you will be prepared to work in private, non-profit, or government agencies that provide care and services for families and children in the following focuses:

  • Allied Health Care Settings
  • Church or Military Family Life Programs
  • Long-Term Care Facilities
  • Parent Education
  • State & Local Government
  • Youth Service Organizations & Young Child Education

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.

Program Requirements

(In addition to Warner Pacific Core Studies Requirements)
Prerequisites: 6 credits
PSY 140 | General Psychology | 3 credits
SOC 140 | Principles of Sociology | 3 credits
Major Requirements: 42-43 credits: 15 credits in residence, 18 credits upper division. Required:
HD 311 | Prenatal/Early Childhood Development | 3 credits
HD 312 | Mid-Child/Adolescent Development | 3 credits
HD 313 | Adult Development, Aging and Dying | 3 credits
HD 320 | Human Sexualities | 3 credits
SS 393 | Research Methods and Applied Statistics | 4 credits
SS/COMM 200 | Interpersonal Communication | 2 credits
PSY 320 | Family Life Education Methodology | 2 credits
PSY 420 | Learning Theory | 3 credits
HD 314 | Parenting Through the Life Cycle | 3 credits
REL/SOC 310 | Religions of the World | 3 credits
SOC 381 | Marriage and Contemporary Family Issues | 3 credits
SOC/PS 345 | Social Problems and Public Policy
OR SW 482 | Child Welfare | 2-3 credits
SOC/HIS 340 | Race & Ethnic Relations | 3 credits
HD 480 | Family Resource Management | 2 credits
PSY 392 | Junior Internship
OR PSY 492 | Senior Internship | 3 credits


  • Practice respect for diversity in socio-cultural arenas.
  • Exemplify sensitivity to the feelings of others.
  • Articulate an understanding of family dynamics.
  • Prioritize family process over the family structure.
  • Apply developmental theories as they analyze people throughout the life cycle.
  • Plan and implement a family life education class.
  • Identify and access community and national resources available to parents.
  • Exhibit knowledge and skills that will equip them to be effective family life educators.
  • Personify integration of their personal faith and values around the topic of human sexuality.
  • Defend systemic definitions of marriage and family.
  • Utilize knowledge of and experience with concepts of the family in its public and private functions.
  • Propose the implications of ethical challenges for the field of family life education.
  • Demonstrate information literacy by applying appropriate internet and library resources in the development of family life presentations.
  • Discuss the complexities of national origin, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, and cultural relations and how these social divides challenge people as they seek to live and work respectfully with all persons.

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