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Family, Community and Human Development

College of Social and Behavioral Science


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Getting Started

  • Meet with an advisor
  • Consider a learning community like LEAP, BlockU, Diversity Scholars, or the Honors College
  • Consider an emphasis in Child Life, Early Childhood Education, or Financial Planning
  • Dive in by taking FCS 1500 - Lifespan Human Development & FCS 2400 - Modern Family

Making Progress

  • Continue to meet with an academic advisor to choose appropriate courses for your major & career goals
  • Learn to generate & read your Degree Audit Report
  • Earn credit for Undergraduate Research via FCS 5950
  • Earn credit for internship experience via FCS 4890
  • Decide if you will pursue a second major, minor, or certificate & take courses for that program

Finishing Up

  • Apply for graduation
  • Take necessary capstone course
  • Complete academic designation requirements


Getting Started

Making Progress

Engage in leadership opportunities:

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Knowledge & Skills

Getting Started

Making Progress

Choose courses that teach a specific skill such as:

  • FCS 5282 - Conflict & Mediation
  • FCS 3430 - Family Advocacy & Policy
  • FCS 2620 - Child Development Practicum
  • FCS 3510 - Tax Prep in the Community

Finishing Up

  • Turn your research experience into a thesis or UGS capstone project
  • Explore graduate programs that will take your knowledge and skills to the next level


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Making Progress

Finishing Up

  • Participate in graduation ceremonies
  • Compile your favorite projects, assignments, & experience into a portfolio (hard copy or digital)


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Making Progress

Participate in volunteer work on or off campus:

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Getting Started

  • Meet with a Career Coach to begin career exploration & identify your strengths, interests, personality, and values
  • Take FCS 3010 - Introduction to FCS & Career Development

Making Progress

Finishing Up

Meet with a Career Coach to:

  • Determine jobs to apply for
  • Refine your resume/application materials
  • Practice interviewing
  • Explore & apply for graduate programs

Start Your Career Journey

Find support at the Career and Professional Development Center (CPDC)

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About the Major

The Family, Community, and Human Development (FCHD) major at the U examines how individuals and families are affected by their complex social, economic, political, and physical environments. You will learn about how personal development is impacted by forces in our community and broader society.

The general FCHD major is very flexible and can be tailored to your interests, passions, and future goals. It is easily combined with more focused emphases in Child Life, which involves meeting children and their families' cognitive, social, and emotional needs in medical settings; Early Childhood Education, which provides foundations of caring for and educating children ages birth through 3rd grade; or Financial Planning, which prepares you for a career as a Certified Financial Planner. An academic advisor can help you decide which FCHD major is right for you.

No matter what you choose, the FCHD major will provide you with a strong foundation for pursuing careers or continuing on to graduate school in multiple related fields such as counseling, human development and family studies, sociology, social work, and public policy.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand developmental changes of individuals in families throughout the lifespan including physical, emotional, cognitive, personality, social, and moral aspects.
  • Learn how family members develop and maintain diverse interpersonal relationships within and across generations.
  • Understand the decisions individuals and families make about developing and allocating resources- including time, money, and material assets- to meet their goals.
  • Engage with social, environmental, economic, and policy contexts as a means of understanding human well-being.
  • Understand the local, national, and international policies and laws influencing individual, family, and community well-being.
  • Learn the ways social scientific knowledge is generated and evaluated and how this knowledge is used to enhance the well-being of individuals and families.

Plan & Prepare

At the U, we plan for our students to have an exceptional Educational Experience identified by four broad categories we call the Learning Framework: Community, Knowledge & Skills, Transformation, and Impact. This major map will help you envision, explore, design, and plan your personalized Exceptional Education Experience with the Learning Framework at the core. In addition to assisting you in planning your coursework and navigating the requirements of your major, this map will help you incorporate other kinds of experiences to expand your knowledge, support your development, and prepare you for the future you want.

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Last Updated: 4/12/22