Family, Community, and Human Development (B.A.|B.S.)

Department of Family & Consumer Studies

The objective of the Family, Community, and Human Development (FCHD) major is to provide students with a broad and detailed understanding of the processes of personal development in the context of the family, and as impacted by community and societal forces beyond the family. More specifically, students with a FCHD major will acquire an understanding of:

  • The key features of development through each stage of life (infants, children, adolescents and adults);
  • How these key features of development are impacted by experience to account for the ways that each of us is unique;
  • How family members develop and maintain relationships within and across generations;
  • The decisions people make about managing resources such as time, money, and material assets;
  • The ways that individual and family well-being are impacted by community and societal forces;
  • The impact of local, national, and international policies and laws on individual, family and community well-being;
  • How research in these areas is conducted and evaluated, and how the findings from these works may be applied to enhance the well-being of individuals (at every age) and families
Degree Level
Program Delivery
Area(s) of Study
Child/Human Development and Family Science/Studies
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)
Department Chair
Director of Graduate Studies