Human Development and Family Studies

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Family Studies focuses on the study of human development within the contexts of the family, the community, and the broader national and international culture. This online program is designated as an approved Early Childhood Education Training Institution by the Council for Professional Recognition, which offers the national Child Development Associate (CDA) designation (www.cdacouncil.org).

Important note: This bachelor’s degree program does not lead to licensure to become a K-12 school teacher. In addition, while this program offers the academic background you need for careers in early childhood, individual states often require additional hands-on training or site visitation not provided by our university. It is your responsibility to become familiar with all licensure/certification requirements in the state in which you plan to seek employment.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online bachelor’s degree is regularly reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • Human interaction
  • Effect of the enviornment on human development
  • Human sexuality
  • Family life and family resource management
  • Marriage and the family
  • Family communications
  • Research design, sampling, and data collection methods
  • The developmental, social, and cultural influences of the family

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Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Explore classic and contemporary theories of family and child development.
  • Examine trends in family formation and dissolution within the context of social change.
  • Explore the biological, social, cultural, cognitive, and emotional development of the child.
  • Evaluate scientific research methods applied to the study the family.
  • Examine cultural, racial, ethnic, class, legal, policy, and gender influences on family life.
  • Demonstrate fluency in the terminology, tools, and methods used in the field of Human Development.
  • Describe the contributions of multiple theories or practices to the field of child and family development, both within and across disciplines.
  • Demonstrate the ability to synthesize multiple information sources and points of view into a discussion of major child and family development issues.
  • Present a project or paper linking knowledge from work, community, or research activities with knowledge acquired in the study of child and family development.
  • Explain diverse perspectives on contested issues in child and family development, including an articulation of how these issues might be addressed in social, political, or personal settings.

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

  • All undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • New undergraduate students may be asked to complete our College Readiness Assessment (ADMN100). If you have successfully completed 9 or more hours of college credit, you may reach out to your admission representative to inquire about waiving this requirement.
  • If you have previous college experience, you will be asked to submit your transcripts from previous schools where you earned academic credit.
  • There is no fee to complete our admission application. View steps to apply.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Undergraduate Tuition Rates 

Per credit hour: $270 | $250 with military grant*

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, we offer a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans that caps undergraduate tuition at the military TA limit. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Undergraduate Book Grant

Ebooks are provided at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $250 per academic semester if you are registered as a full-time student.

Transfer Credits

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

The university has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.