University of Arizona

Division of Family Studies & Human Development
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The mission of the Division of Family Studies and Human Development is to provide excellence in research, teaching, and outreach that strengthens families and human development across the lifespan. Undergraduate majors in Family Studies and Human Development complete a core curriculum in family/interpersonal processes and human development across the lifespan. They are prepared to pursue careers and graduate training in diverse fields (e.g., human services, social policy, community and public health, counseling, social work, medicine, gerontology, and family law). The graduate program offers a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) with an emphasis in Family Studies and Human Development. The program prepares social and behavioral scientists for research, teaching, and other professional careers in a variety of academic, government, and private-sector settings. 

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Angela Taylor
Department Emphasis
  • 50% Family Science
  • 50% Human Development
Campus Enrollment
40,621
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
  • Doctoral
Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Doctoral
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
Department Address

P.O. Box 210078
Tucson, AZ 85721-0078
United States

Phone Number
520-621-1075
Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Family Studies & Human Development
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Lifespan Human Development
  • Close Relationships
  • Infancy/Child Development
  • Dynamics of Family Relations
  • Men, Fatherhood, and Families
  • Adolescence
  • Leadership, Ethics, and Professional Practices
  • Basic Skills in Counseling
  • Theories of Counseling
  • Program Planning and Evaluation
  • Issues in Aging
  • Problems in Adult Development and Relationships
  • Problems in Child/Adolescent Development and Relationships
  • Professional Presentations and Techniques
  • Understanding the Modern U.S. Military Family
  • Sociocultural Context of Development
  • Biosocial Development
  • Human Sexuality and Relations
  • Advanced Family Relations
  • Cross-Listed Courses: Evolution and Human Development
  • Psychology of Divorce
  • Preadolescence and Adolescent Development
  • The Design of the Mind: Genes, Adaptation, and Behavior
  • Violence and Youth
Undergrad Comments

FSHD majors have the option of pursuing a minor outside the department or an 18-unit career-related interdisciplinary thematic minor. Students are required to complete a "hands on" learning experience in a community agency (practicums, internships) and/or on faculty research projects (directed research). 

Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Emily Butler
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Foundations of Family and Interpersonal Theories
  • Theories of Human Development
  • Biosocial Mechanisms of Stress, Development, and Health
  • Research Methods in Family Studies and Human Development
  • Introduction to Statistical Analysis in Family Studies and Human Development
  • Intermediate Quantitative Analysis
  • Topics in Adolescent Health and Development
  • Topics in Family, Interpersonal Relationships and Well-being
  • Topics in Social and Psychobiological Development in Childhood
  • Topics in Diverse Contexts for Development and Relationships
  • Topics in Applied Developmental Science
  • Topics in Methodology and Data Analysis
  • Structural Equation Modeling
  • Dyadic Data Analysis
  • Multilevel Modeling
  • The Design of the Mind: Genes, Adaptation, and Behavior
  • Violence and Youth
  • Developmental Psychopathology
  • Economics of Aging
Doctoral Level
Doctoral Program Options
  • Family Studies & Human Development
Doctoral Comments

The doctoral program in Family Studies and Human Development (FSHD) educates social and behavioral scientists for research, teaching and other professional careers in a variety of academic, government and private-sector settings. Through our curriculum, our graduate students have the opportunity to cultivate a solid interdisciplinary knowledge base while becoming competent in the methodologies of empirical research. We endorse an apprenticeship model of graduate training in which students work closely with a faculty mentor. 

CFLE Information

NCFR recognizes schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with course work that follows the Standards and Criteria required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). NCFR approval allows the school to offer their graduates the opportunity to apply for Provisional Certification using the Abbreviated Application process. The CFLE Checklist represents the courses that meet the CFLE criteria at that school. Students must complete all the courses on a checklist in order to qualify to apply for the CFLE designation through the Abbreviated Application process.