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About the Department

The Bachelor of Arts in Family Science and Human Development offers a learning environment that supports and encourages the development of forward-thinking practitioners and educators who work with families and individuals in a variety of settings, while maintaining a strong focus on diversity, inclusion, justice, antiracism and equity. This program provides students with a greater understanding of families and people across the life course and in units in multiple contexts, while teaching them to critically analyze literature and current research.

The Department of Family Science and Human Development offers the following academic choices for students:

Two major concentrations:

Two minors:

One advanced degree:


The Department of Family Science and Human Development (FSHD) seeks to strengthen the health and wellbeing of individuals, families, and communities, over the life course, using a multidisciplinary approach, especially those efforts aimed at reducing social inequities. Central to our mission is an unwavering commitment to inclusion and social justice.

Nuestra Misión

El Departamento de Ciencia de la Familia y Desarrollo Humano busca fortalecer la salud y el bienestar de las personas, familias y comunidades, a lo largo de la vida, utilizando un enfoque multidisciplinario, especialmente aquellos esfuerzos dirigidos a reducir las inequidades sociales. Para nuestra misión es fundamental un compromiso inquebrantable con la inclusión y la justicia social.

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