Human Development and Family Studies

Human Development and Family Studies Bachelor’s Degree Program Overview

Promote the role of the family in society through prevention and intervention methods with the human development and family studies bachelor’s degree program at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio. With this highly marketable human development major you’ll be well positioned for jobs in human development and family studies — in Ohio and across the nation.

Human development and family studies with a Catholic perspective

Prepare to take a more holistic and analytical approach in future human development jobs through a bachelor’s degree that combines a liberal arts education with a solid background in human development and family studies. You’ll learn from knowledgeable faculty who are grounded in the Catholic faith and specialize in diverse areas, allowing them to integrate various perspectives and expertise into your courses. You’ll also have opportunities to assist them in research that’s closely tied to human development and family studies.

Explore More of the Human Development and Family Studies Bachelor’s Degree Program

Here are just a few other ways Franciscan’s human development and family studies bachelor’s degree program stands out from the rest:

  • Financial aid and scholarships: You may qualify for scholarships at Franciscan, such as renewable, merit-based academic scholarships. For more information about scholarships and other types of financial aid visit the Franciscan Office of Financial Aid.
  • Applied learning: Learn how people develop physically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually within the context of the family and society through a human development major that provides many opportunities to gain practical experience before you graduate.
  • Undergraduate research: Work with Catholic faith-filled faculty on research projects related to human development and family studies. Showcase your research through the Franciscan Gallery of Research, Artistry, and Community Engagement (GRACE).
  • Program faculty: Learn human development and family studies from faculty who integrate the Catholic faith into this human development major. They provide the mentoring you need to succeed in human development jobs in Ohio and across the United States.
What Can You Do With a Human Development and Family Studies Degree?

The human development and family studies bachelor of arts degree program at Franciscan provides you with the interdisciplinary education and hands-on experience you need to get into graduate school or for jobs in human development and family studies.

Graduate Programs for Human Development and Family Studies Majors

  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Potential Jobs for Human Development and Family Studies Majors

  • Children, Youth, and Family Services Worker
  • Community Educator
  • Family Life Educator
  • Family Resource Manager
  • Parenting Educator
  • Researcher
  • Social Worker
  • Teen Pregnancy Prevention Advocate
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Internships

Take what you’ve learned in the classroom and gain valuable, direct experience in the field through internships. You’ll learn by doing and develop the knowledge and skills you need for long-term career success in human development jobs. You can intern in a range of settings, from youth development programs to children’s museums, and abuse protection service agencies to faith-based family mentoring programs — in Ohio and across the United States.

Service Learning

As a human development major you can live your Catholic faith and serve people in need right here in the Ohio Valley and nearby Pittsburgh through Works of Mercy, a Franciscan University outreach program. From praying with nursing home residents to ministering to at-risk youth at a community center, you won’t have to go far to share the Gospel with people in need.

Study Abroad

Strengthen your studies in human development and grow in your Catholic faith through Franciscan’s study abroad program. You’ll travel from Ohio to Gaming, Austria, with about 200 students from Franciscan and other universities. You’ll take rigorous courses taught by Franciscan professors and have opportunities to travel Europe and follow in the footsteps of leading lights of Christendom and Western Civilization.

Programs Related to the Bachelor’s in Human Development and Family Studies

Still undecided? You might also be interested in these other undergraduate degree programs at Franciscan that are similar to the human development and family studies bachelor’s degree.

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