BASc - Family Studies and Human Development (FSHD)

The Major

The Family Studies and Human Development major focuses on the development of individuals and families across the lifespan within the context of relationships, and diverse social and cultural influences. This interdisciplinary program is designed to provide students with an understanding of the influence of psychological, social, biological, and economic factors on individual health, well-being, and relationships across the lifespan. Guaranteed practicum placement(s) enable students to gain knowledge and skills appropriate for work with individuals and groups in a variety of settings, completing up to 336 hours of practical experience. Restricted electives allow students to focus their studies on one or more content areas including: (1) Adult Development and Gerontology, (2) Sexuality and Relationships, and (3) Youth Studies. You can also declare a minor.

Through the effective use of elective courses, the core requirements in the major can be supplemented to create a program of study that will prepare graduates for a variety of careers working with individuals and their families. Graduates pursue careers in a variety of settings including family and community service agencies; government; research institutions; health promotion divisions; support services delivery for individuals and their families; health and social care agencies; employee and family assistance programs; and local social planning councils. Many graduates go on to pursue graduate education in fields such as social work, human sexuality, gerontology, public health, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, recreation therapy, family law and mediation, couple and family therapy, education, social policy, and family relations and human development.

The Learning Approach

Our courses involve you in current research and theory broadly in family studies and human development. You will then have the opportunity to deepen your studies in one or more of the content areas, and you can also declare a minor, and/or choose electives in a related or complementary field. Field placements and community service learning opportunities will enable you to gain knowledge, skills and values to work effectively with individuals and groups in a variety of settings.

Potential Career Opportunities

  • Adult or parent education
  • Community-based services
  • Working with older adults
  • Health promotion
  • Sexuality education
  • Secondary school teaching*
  • Counselling or social work*
  • Occupational therapy*
  • Speech and language pathology**

*Careers which require further education/training


Schedule of Studies

Current course requirements of the Family Studies and Human Development (FSHD) Program are found online. See link to the current Academic Undergraduate Calendar for FSHD.

Course requirements of your program are found online in the Academic Undergraduate Calendar of the year in which you started your program. See link to Office of Registrarial Services website, Undergraduate Academic Calendar and select by academic year.

Please note: Course requirements and course offerings are subject to change each year