The undergraduate program offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree with a major in Family Studies and Human Development (FSHD). FSHD majors are prepared to pursue careers and graduate training in fields such as human services, social policy, community and public health, counseling, social work, medicine, gerontology, and criminal justice/law.
With a professional undergraduate degree in family studies and human development from the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, our graduates are prepared with real-world experiences to explore careers in the fields of family health, criminal justice, psychology and other related areas (Read more and view statistics).
Family Studies and Human Development
Interested in how divorce affects children? How schools and families promote healthy adolescent development? How professionals can help families improve their relationships? This major allows students to explore issues like these in a program that includes research and community-based internships and practicums. Majors complete a core curriculum designed to provide a foundation in family/interpersonal processes and human development across the life span and taught by award-winning faculty. Complementary courses provide a grounding in social, behavioral and biological sciences, as well as career-enhancing skills in research, writing, communication, and program planning/evaluation.
Students are encouraged to choose a minor in a career-related area. They may choose a minor outside of the department or opt to take courses in a chosen thematic minor carefully structured by FSHD faculty to prepare them for careers in an area of specialization. These minors include pre-counseling, family pre-law and policy, child, adult and family services, and family life education.
Rich Learning Environment
A faculty active in research ensures that students are exposed to meaningful, complex questions in the classroom. Students, especially those interested in attending graduate school, have opportunities to assist in faculty research projects.
Internships and Practicums Provide A Link To Careers
One hallmark of the FSHD program is an emphasis on hands-on work experience. Classroom knowledge is supplemented through supervised internships and practicums working with children, families, youth at risk, or adults 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 (see Internship for more information).
Advising, Mentoring Help Define Career Direction
Being part of a small, high-quality department means that students have personal advising and a chance to develop close relationships with faculty members. Specifically, the Student Services Center offers one-on-one advice on career direction, course selection, internships, graduate school preparation, and research opportunities with faculty members.
A versatile major, family studies and human development prepares students for a variety of careers and graduate training in fields such as human services, social policy, community and public health, counseling, social work, medicine, gerontology, child/elder advocacy, and criminal justice/law.
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