Human Development and Family Studies, Associate in Arts



Program Code: 0210


Are you interested in learning about human development, and studying the nature of relationships and the role of families? If so, a pathway in Human Development and Family Studies might be right for you. The AA in Human Development and Family Studies can lead to employment as a Human Services Assistant or Family Specialist in social service agencies, Head Start daycares, community-based organizations and non-profits, among others.

This is an example course sequence for students interested in pursuing Human Development and Family Studies. This does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If this pathway is followed as outlined, you will earn an Associate in Arts (AA) degree. One course will satisfy the Human Diversity (HD) requirement, and is labeled with an (HD) in the sequence below.

For students interested in earning the Gateways Family Specialist Credential, you must take the HDFS Internship course for an additional six (6) credit hours.

Semester-by-Semester Program Plan for Full-Time Students

All plans can be modified to fit the needs of part-time students by adding more semesters.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
ENGLISH 101 Composition 1 3
MATH 125 Introductory Statistics 1 4
PSYCH 201 General Psychology 1 3
CHLD DV 101 Human Growth & Development I 2 4
Physical Sciences course 1 3
Semester 2
ENGLISH 102 Composition 1 3
HDFS 203 Family Development/Cross Cultural Perspective 2 3
HDFS 204 Family Life Education 2 3
Fine Arts course (Art or Music course recommended) 1 3
CHLD DV 102 Human Growth & Development II 2 3
Semester 3
PSYCH 211 Social Psychology 1 3
SOC 201 Intro To the Study Of Society (HD) 1 3
HDFS 201 Human Development and Sexuality 2 3
HDFS 202 Intimate Relationships 2 3
General Education Biology 1
or Human Biology
Semester 4
PHIL 105 Logic 1 3
Fine Arts & Humanities course (HD) 1 3
SPEECH 101 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 1 3
CHLD DV 107 Health Safety And Nutrition 2 3
 Total Hours60

General Education Requirement


Pathway Elective

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