Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Relations

School of Education & Human Development


Degree: BS

Classroom Type: Fully Online Online and on campus classes

Students are prepared to effectively serve diverse families and individuals in community, school, and social service settings. Alumni continue to law school for child and family law or immigration law, medical school for pediatrics or family medicine, social work, family therapy, school psychology, counseling education, higher education, or other graduate studies.

Application​ deadlines

  • Spring: Dec. 31
  • Summer: May 31
  • Fall: August 1

Program Details

Interest Categories: Education & Counseling

Campus: CU Denver Online

The program prepares undergraduate students to serve culturally and linguistically diverse families and individuals in various community and social service settings and to view diverse individuals from a strengths-based perspective.

Our students build their credentials by completing local and international service-learning and internships in nonprofit organizations, school and family liaison programs, after school programs, environmental and conservation outreach organizations, and human service agencies as part of their degree program.  

It 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 and offering you valuable experiences such as partnering in undergraduate research projects and service-learning activities.

Students in this program will:

  • Deepen their knowledge in leadership for equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Develop practical skills and culturally sustaining practices that demonstrate a commitment to diversity.
  • Make connections among academic theories and field experiences to help reduce inequities in opportunities and outcomes for diverse families and individuals.
  • Advocate for and lead change to improve service for diverse families and individuals in various settings.

Helpful Links & Documents

Undergraduate Degree Maps

Sample Courses

  • HDFR 1010 - Life Span Development in Ecological Settings 3 credits
  • HDFR 2000 - Introduction to Family and Community Services 3 credits
  • HDFR 4002 - Family Life and Community Programming I 3 credits
  • HDFR 4850 - Family Systems Therapy, Religion and Spirituality 3 credits
Course Catalog

Recommended Completion Time:4 Years

Required Credits for Completion:120

Admission 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:

  • December 31 for Spring semester
  • May 31 for Summer semester
  • August 1 for Fall semester.

For more information, email or call 303.315.6300.

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