Human Development and Family Relations

BS

The BS in Human Development and Family Relations is an interdisciplinary program that prepares undergraduate students to serve culturally and linguistically diverse families and individuals in a variety of community and social service settings. The major also provides a strong foundation for students who wish to go to law school for child and family law, medical school for pediatrics or family medicine, social work graduate school or counseling education. It is offered in on-campus, hybrid and online formats. Make a difference in your community with this degree! Apply today!

The Program at a Glance

School: School of Education & Human Development Campus: CU Denver Online Classroom: Online and on campus classes Recommended completion time: 4 Years Credits required for completion: 120 Application deadline: Rolling decision

The Details

What you'll learn

Do you want to work with families and communities and make a difference in the world? If you are looking for a degree and career where you can improve the lives of diverse individuals, families and communities and develop your skills as a critical thinker, a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Relations (HDFR) may be the perfect match. Through this program, you will be prepared to view culturally and linguistically diverse families from a strengths-based perspective and to serve them in a variety of contexts.

The University of Colorado Denver offers on-campus, hybrid and fully online versions of our Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Relations degree, which can be completed in four years. You may be starting college for the first time, transferring from another institution, or returning to the university setting after years away. Regardless, you will always find a learning community in the HDFR program.

Our program is designed with our faculty's involvement in students' academic and personal development. We foster a closely knit, dedicated community of students, each of whom is mentored by professors who care. We walk alongside you from the first class to the last, supporting you each step of the way, offering you valuable experiences such as partnering in undergraduate research projects and service learning activities.

A major focus of our program is the experiential education in both our online and face-to-face programs: we help our students find sites for service learning that allow them to work with diverse populations in a variety of contexts, including global sites through our study abroad programs. Many of our courses have service learning requirements built into the curriculum.

This program is also the first bilingual (Spanish) Human Development and Family Relations program in the country. You can take your courses entirely in English, or take some of your online courses in a Spanish/English bilingual format. The bilingual courses are uniquely constructed so that you do not need to speak Spanish in order to participate. This exposure to another language can provide you with both the competencies you need to truly be an advocate for Spanish language speakers in your community, as well as a competitive edge over graduates of other programs as it relates to gainful employment and graduate school applications.

Our online students may choose a degree focus from two different course concentration areas:

  • Family Diversity
  • Human Development and Learning

Our on-campus and hybrid students may choose from the following concentrations:

  • Bilingual (Spanish) Family and Community Services
  • Family Gerontology
  • Pre-Higher Education and Student Affairs
  • Leadership and Community-based Organizations
  • Pre-individual, Couple and Family Therapy/Counseling
  • Additional options: Students may enroll in courses in the program areas listed below. For additional information, please schedule an appointment with your faculty mentor for approvals.
    • Counseling
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Educational Foundations
    • Literacy Education

This program prepares undergraduate students to serve culturally and linguistically diverse families and individuals in a variety of community and social service settings. The major also provides a strong foundation for students who wish to go to law school for child and family law, medical school for pediatrics or family medicine, social work graduate school or counseling education.

Choose CU Denver's School of Education & Human Development

The School of Education & Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver attracts students who are passionate about careers in serving culturally and linguistically diverse families and individuals. We match their passion with an education that is rooted in diversity, technology, proven approaches and real-world practice. That's why our graduates are prepared to make immediate and life-long impacts on people, communities and the world.

Courses

The Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Relations is an interdisciplinary degree that requires approximately 90 major credits plus general education requirements for a total of 120 credits.

This is the only Certified Family Life Educator approved program in Colorado, according to the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). NCFR recognizes schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with coursework that follows the standards and criteria required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). NCFR approval allows our school the ability to offer our alumni 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.

Admissions Requirements

Our program seeks individuals who wish to work with diverse people in fields such as health care, education and helping professions, which are areas of employment where you work directly with individuals, families, schools and communities, potentially in diverse or underserved contexts. Many of our graduates pursue further education by enrolling in law school or master’s programs in areas such as family science, counseling, social work, school counseling, family therapy, school psychology and student affairs in higher education and other fields.

This program has rolling admissions; but, the application closes:

  • Jan 1 for Spring semester
  • May 15 for Summer semester
  • August 1 for Fall semester.

For more information, email education@ucdenver.edu or call 303.315.6300.