Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences

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Spring November 1
Fall July 1


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Tuition / credit hour $255.51
Fee / credit hour
Library $4.41
Network & Data Systems $12.10
Off-campus $30
Online Facilities $2

Tuition and fees per credit hour reflect fall 2023 rates for students studying completely online. If an online student takes a course on campus, tuition and fees will differ.

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Help Families of All Ages with an Online Degree in Human Development

Do you like working with people? This bachelor’s degree program will prepare you for human services careers that assist individuals and families of all ages, from infants to seniors. You will gain knowledge and skills that you can use to help others cope with crises or help them plan better lives.

Lifespan Development in Diverse Contexts, the degree concentration offered online, provides coursework that will help you identify and understand complex social issues so that you can respond with actions and resources that foster positive change. You will learn how to accept and appreciate the diversity of individuals and families, and you will understand how internal or external crises, social issues, culture, socioeconomics, race and gender impact people’s lives.

Emily Hoisington

I looked through what you could do with this major, how you could continue on if you wanted more than a bachelor’s degree, and it just settled right then and there."

Emily's Story

Emily Hoisington
Fayetteville, AR

What Can I Do with a Degree in Human Development and Family Sciences?

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  • Identify and describe accurate and evidence-based knowledge of the bio-ecological context of human development to include being knowledgeable and accepting of the diversity in the lived experiences of individuals and families.
  • Develop contextually appropriate and feasible policy solutions addressing complex social problems.
  • Critically analyze, evaluate and synthesize information, ideas and beliefs in the process of forming conclusions and solutions to complex social issues and problems.
  • Effectively engage with people across a range of human development, using behaviors, attitudes and interactions that demonstrate cultural competency.
  • Identify ethical issues and dilemmas, reflect on your own core values, and apply them to complex social problems.
  • Develop professional skills in writing, public speaking, and evaluating social service programs and social contexts.

Why Study Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Arkansas?

Graduates often pursue careers in public service fields such as:

  • Counseling
  • Community education
  • Family crisis centers
  • Hospice care
  • Child welfare
  • Alcohol and drug treatment
  • Youth corrections
  • Employee assistance
  • Disaster response assistance

Why Earn a Degree Online?

The flexibility of online courses can help you overcome the challenges of earning a degree while working, taking care of family, and handling other responsibilities. Support services for online students can help you avoid barriers along your path to graduation.

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