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Earn Your BA in Human Development and Family Studies Online

The dynamics of individuals and families, as well as how those dynamics grow and evolve over time, have long fascinated those interested in the social services. American Public University (APU) offers an online Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Family Studies that deeply examines human interaction and furthers your understanding of how families form and function within society.

APU’s programs are online with 24/7 access and no set login times. At APU, there are no entrance exams and classes start every month, so you can begin quickly and control your schedule. Ask us about transfer credit opportunities to help you save time and money in completing your degree.

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* All U.S. active-duty servicemembers, National Guard members, Reservists, and military families, (parents, spouses, legal partners, siblings, and dependents) are eligible for the Preferred Military Rate of $250/credit hour for undergraduate and $290/credit hour for master’s-level courses. The Preferred Military Rate, which is applied automatically, supersedes all other university grants and special rates, and cannot be combined with any other special promotions.

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Why You Should Earn This Bachelor's From APU

Comprehensive Curriculum

The influence of environmental factors is a focus area in this program’s examination of human interaction. Coursework includes lifespan development, human sexuality, child and adolescent development, parenting, and family communications.

Practical Approach

You will have opportunities to apply your learning through hands-on activities, which have included interviewing older adults about aging, preparing a parenting class brochure, and developing a preschool lesson plan.

Research Focus

This program introduces you to the purpose and techniques used in social research. Your studies conclude with a senior seminar involving extensive research, challenging you to synthesize scholarly and professional resources to demonstrate your mastery of the discipline.

Certification Preparation

This program can prepare you to pursue becoming a Certified Family Life Educator, Certified Child Life Specialist, or earning the Child Development Associate Credential. (Please note, this program does not award professional licensure and does not qualify you to apply for teaching licensure.)

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Individual states and/or professional organizations often require additional hands-on training or site visitation not provided by our University. It is your responsibility to become familiar with all licensure/certification requirements in the state in which you plan to seek employment or from the certification body. Request information to learn more.

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