B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies Online Customize Your Bachelor's Degree
Study from wherever you are and wherever you go.
Gain skills to help individuals and families throughout different stages of life with our online human development degree.
Regardless if you are a first-time freshman, transfer student, or you are interested in pursuing a second bachelor’s degree, our highly customizable program can help you achieve your educational and career goals. Through coursework and field experience focused on individual and family development across the lifespan, you will discover how people develop and change, and how family, community, and society affect human development.
This program will prepare you for career opportunities in areas like:
- Early childhood services
- Adolescent intervention
- Programming for older adults
- Support for children and families in healthcare settings
- Community outreach
- Social services
- Law enforcement and corrections
B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies Online Program Details
Choose a Degree Concentration
In addition to the core course in the HDFS degree curriculum, you have five degree concentration (Link to Concentrations) choices depending on your career goals:
- Early childhood professions
- Leadership and entrepreneurial professions
- Pre-health professions
- Prevention and intervention sciences
- Human development and family studies
Minor in gerontology
An optional gerontology minor can be added to further develop your understanding of the aging process, and give you a specialized set of skills needed for careers working with older adults and those with disabilities.
The United States Administration on Aging reports that by 2030, one in five individuals will be 65 years or older. This “graying” of America spurs demand for careers in gerontology, and a degree minor can help you meet the demand for well-trained professionals in this area.
Learn more about the requirements for this and other minors on the CSU Degree Minors page.
Gain Additional Qualifications for Roles in Leadership
You can also choose to pursue Director Qualifications (link to page) for early childhood as part of this degree program. In choosing this option, you will work with your advisor to select electives that help you meet state requirements and prepare you to seek early childhood education credentials upon completion of the coursework.
Human Development and Family Studies graduates are also strong candidates for application to become Certified Family Life Educators, who focus on healthy family functioning within a family systems perspective. They utilize a primarily preventive approach to address societal issues within the context of family.
Equip Yourself With Valuable Skills
- Program development and implementation
- Grant writing
- Social policy information
- Working with diverse populations
Build an Interdisciplinary Foundation
This degree uses research and insight from multiple disciplines to provide you with a broad foundation of knowledge. Understanding key concepts in biology, psychology, sociology, and social work allows you to apply your skills to a variety of human service fields. This human development and family studies program’s core curriculum covers topics like:
- Child, adolescent, and adult development
- Professional skills development
- Families and relationships
- Research methods and program development
While these skills are highly relevant to future professionals, you may also find that the tools provided in the program aid your personal growth. Being able to recognize the cognitive, social, and biological factors that affect development can help you to navigate challenges in your own life.
The Internship Experience
In their senior year, Human Development and Family Studies majors participate in an internship, which is an intensive volunteer experience in a setting aligned with one’s career interest or concentration.