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Family Life Studies, BS

Improve Society by Helping Families and Individuals

A bachelor's degree in human development and family studies prepares you to serve individuals and families across their lifespan. Coursework is designed to help students deal with current issues confronting families and children in the nation and the world.

Come learn how human development, family relationships, and consumer issues affect the individual and family. You will become an expert on current issues impacting individuals and families, and gain tools to help make a difference.

Degree at a Glance

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*This estimation reflects three semesters of tuition and fees for in-state part-time resident students using the 2022-2023 Tuition & Fee schedule. Final tuition and fees may vary on a case by case basis. Please contact the Utah State University registrar’s department, or see the last page in the USU Tuition & Fee schedule for full information regarding tuition and fees.

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Career Outlook for Graduates

Through your coursework and research during your degree, you will become an expert in helping others improve their lives. There are career paths available across the lifespan from childcare and preschool to program directing with aging populations.

There are also a number of community service career options available including working with social service agencies, foster care, crisis centers, residential treatment facilities, senior citizen centers, and more. Graduates also work with community education through organizations such as Extension and 4-H. With this major you can work to improve the human condition across the lifespan.

Why Earn a Family Life Studies Degree from USU Online

Courses in the human development and family studies major are taught by faculty with years of research and clinical experience. Some of the courses include marriage and family relationships, abuse and neglect in family context, family finance, and more. The breadth of knowledge you gain will give you a foot in the door for various career paths, as well as make a difference in your own life. The degree is 100% online, giving you the necessary flexibility to maintain your own relationships and responsibilities.

Resources for Online Students

For online students based in Utah, resources such as local support, study spaces, BlueZone WiFi, and testing services, are available at the statewide campus nearest to them. Students both in-state and out-of-state have access to virtual services provided from various organizations and offices based at Logan main campus. See our Student Resources page for more information.

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Out-of-State and International Student Disclaimer
Utah is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) and Utah State University (USU) is an approved SARA institution, which means we adhere to established standards for offering post-secondary e-learning programs in all member states. Please review our state authorizations to see if this program is offered in your state and our process for student complaints against the university.
International students studying at USU on the F-1 or J-1 visa must have the majority of their classes each semester be face-to-face in order to meet the physical presence requirement to maintain their visa status. Students on the F-1 visa must enroll in classes at the Logan or USU Eastern campuses. Students on the J-1 visa must enroll in classes at the Logan campus.

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Sarah Tulane

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