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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 programs start every month, so you can begin quickly and control your schedule.


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Part of American Public University System, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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* All U.S. active-duty servicemembers, National Guard members, Reservists, and military spouses/dependents are eligible for our Military Tuition Grant that covers undergraduate and master’s-level tuition above the military TA cap of $250/credit hour.

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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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