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Online Human Development and Family Studies Undergraduate Degreee

The Human Development and Family Studies degree is available online. This degree gives students the opportunity for knowledge and skills that prepare them for careers serving individuals and families across the lifespan. Courses are designed to help students deal with current issues confronting families and children in the nation and the world.

Students are required to complete a practicum experience. There are multiple options for students to complete the practicum. Options include career preparation by working with agencies that provide hands-on experience, seeking out community teaching opportunities, or completing a research project. Our students are employed across the state and nation when they graduate with a bachelor’s degree. Students are also well prepared for graduate school.


Students must choose one emphasis.

  • Family and Community Services:  Students learn to work with families across the lifespan. They develop strong skills in family life education, ethics, professionalism, and family processes.
  • Human Development Lifespan: Students learn about addressing the developmental needs of individuals across the lifespan. Students learn about social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development and the environments that support optimal growth in these areas.

In addition to Utah State University’s admissions requirements, the Human Development and Family Studies program has additional requirements:

  • Freshmen: New freshmen admitted to USU in good standing qualify for admission as pre-majors.
  • Transfer Students: Transfer students and USU students transferring from other majors qualify for the pre-major if they meet USU's general admissions requirements.
  • To be admitted to the major students must complete the following:
    • 24 semester credits
    • Overall cumulative 3.0 GPA
    • HDFS 1500, HDFS 2000, HDFS 2400, and STAT 1040/1045 with a C grade or better

International students have additional admissions requirements.

Career & Employment Settings

  • Family Life Educator (teach community classes—parenting, abuse, finance, life skills)
  • Caseworker (elderly, low-income families, at-risk youth and families, teen parents, unemployed, foster or adoption agencies)
  • Program Director/Coordinator (after-school programs, senior citizen centers, community education, youth programs)
  • Advocate (at-risk youth, families, elderly, victims)
  • Crisis Intervention (work with abuse, neglect, domestic violence, sexual assault, natural disasters)
  • Child Dev Adoption Agencies
  • Child Protective Services
  • Youth Development Programs
  • Drug Treatment Centers Gerontology Programs/Agencies
  • Nonprofit Community Agencies
  • Residential Treatment Programs
  • Child Care Centers Family Service Agencies
  • Government Agencies
  • Recreation Centers
  • Crisis Centers
  • Child Development Consultant (helps families to improve social and psychological functioning)
  • Preschool teacher (Head Start, Montessori)
Sarah Tulane

Clinical Assistant Professor
Online Coordinator

Major Requirements

2021-22 Online Course Schedule



A minor is not required with the online Human Development and Family Studies degree, but you can pursue a minor outside of our department if you are interested. Visit USU Online Degrees for more information. 


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