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.
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Why major in Family Studies & Human Development?
Are you passionate about helping people? Do you want a career focused on improving the quality of life for children, adolescents, adults, and families?
You can turn your passion for helping others into a thriving career with a bachelor’s degree in FSHD!
The FSHD program at the University of Arizona provides a multidimensional approach to understanding human behavior and relationships from psychological, social, cultural, and biological perspectives. You will build interpersonal skills and learn how to apply your knowledge in a career or graduate program in fields including social work, counseling, nursing, occupational therapy, human resources, child/youth program management, non-profit family support organizations, and other social service and healthcare programs.
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 to put them to use throughout your experience in our program. 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.
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