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BS in Family Life: Human Development Emphasis
(46 hours*)



The Discipline

The human development emphasis centers on theories, research, and practices related to optimal human development within the context of family life. Human development scholarship provides a life-span perspective for understanding human development within the family context by helping students learn how children, youth, and adults develop, change, and face challenges throughout the life course (infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood). Our teaching strategy reflects a strong commitment to better critical thinking and problem solving skills as students become involved in mentored learning research, internships, and outreach experiences.

Careers

The program in human development is a broad, liberal arts training designed to assist students as they seek professional activity (as volunteers or for pay) in settings where knowledge of human development and behavior is valued. An emphasis in human development prepares graduates to make significant contributions locally (e.g., one's own family, church, and local community) and professionally (e.g., working in the community services professions, and as volunteers or paid professionals for worldwide human service-based organizations). Coursework in the human development emphasis also helps students to fulfill part of the requirements to become a certified Child-Life Specialist and work with children and families in hospital settings.

Some graduates with a human development emphasis are employed in community action centers, childcare centers, residential treatment centers, programs for the elderly, juvenile correction programs, and youth programs. Still other students prepare for volunteer-based community intervention (e.g., Habitat for Humanity, Red Cross, and The Muscular Dystrophy Association).

Additionally, a human development emphasis is an excellent undergraduate preparation for those pursuing graduate school in human development research. Others seek professional certification by obtaining advanced degrees in school counseling, special education, clinical gerontology, and clinical psychology.

For students who are interested in teaching opportunities in public schools, a major in early childhood education teacher certification is available through the Teacher Education Department in the McKay School of Education. This certification qualifies individuals to teach kindergarten through third grade in public and private schools. The human development emphasis provides foundation courses for those preparing to enter early childhood education teacher certification programs (see Teacher Education Department for a list of these courses).

In addition, an early childhood focus within the human development emphasis prepares students for vocations that do not require teacher certifications (e.g., Head Start).

Research Opportunities

Students are encouraged to work with professors on research projects that help them experience the "how to" of being a family scientist. Students may contact faculty individually, seek mentoring grants from the university, register for internships (the capstone course) that help them integrate classroom learning with real-world experience, and create projects of their own.

Preparation for Graduate Studies

Students who plan to attend graduate school are encouraged to take as many of the upper-division human development topic courses as possible. Other 300- and 400-level courses that emphasize human development or family studies will serve as a springboard to masters or PhD programs in human development, developmental psychology, and family studies related programs.

Internships

Contact the Family and Social Services Internship Office, 945 SWKT, (801) 422-2168, for information.

Clubs

School of Family Life Student Association (SFLSA)
Cougar FACS



Program Requirements    |    View MAP   |    View Program Outcomes

  1. The School of Family Life requires a minimum of 18 hours of upper-division major course work to be taken in residency at BYU for this degree program. (This requirement includes taking at least 12 hours minimum of the human development core in residency at BYU.) These hours may also go toward BYU's 30-hour residency requirement for graduation.
  2. Complete the following School of Family Life core courses:
  3. Complete the following human development life-span core courses:
      SFL 331 : Infant Development in the Family. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      SFL 331 : Infant Development in the Family. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
      PREREQUISITE: SFL 101 & STAT 121 & SFL 290; SFL 210 or concurrent enrollment.
      DESCRIPTION: Conception, prenatal development, pregnancy. Physical, cognitive, and social development of the first twenty-four months. Implications for guidance and care in the family.

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      SFL 333 : (SFL-Soc 318) Adolescent Development in the Family and Other Social Contexts. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      SFL 333 : (SFL-Soc 318) Adolescent Development in the Family and Other Social Contexts. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
      PREREQUISITE: SFL 101 & STAT 121 & SFL 290; SFL 210 or concurrent enrollment.
      DESCRIPTION: Examining the developmental and social contexts of adolescents with emphasis on the importance of the family. Other contexts include peers, religion, community, schools, and cross-cultural issues.

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      SFL 334 : Adult Development and Aging in the Family. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      SFL 334 : Adult Development and Aging in the Family. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: SFL 160
      DESCRIPTION: Adjustments to physical, emotional, social, and economic changes. Needs arising from changes in family relationships, living arrangements, and employment; retirement planning.

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      SFL 351 : Socialization Across Childhood. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      SFL 351 : Socialization Across Childhood. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
      PREREQUISITE: SFL 101 & STAT 121 & SFL 290; SFL 210 or concurrent enrollment.
      DESCRIPTION: Processes and sequences of social development across childhood.

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  4. Complete 9 hours from the following human development topic courses:
      SFL 352 : Cognitive Development. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      SFL 352 : Cognitive Development. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: SFL 101 & STAT 121 & SFL 290; SFL 210 or concurrent enrollment.
      DESCRIPTION: Development of mental abilities; effects of maturation and learning on memory, perception, attention processes, intelligence, social cognition.

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      SFL 355 : Language Development. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      SFL 355 : Language Development. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      DESCRIPTION: Philosophical, social, intellectual, and emotional contexts of language acquisition and usage.

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      SFL 358 : Media, Family, and Human Development. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      SFL 358 : Media, Family, and Human Development. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      DESCRIPTION: Aspects of media and their potential effects on family interactions and human development across the lifespan.

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      SFL 359 : Child Life in Healthcare Settings. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      SFL 359 : Child Life in Healthcare Settings. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: SFL 210
      RECOMMENDED: SFL 331, 333, 351.
      DESCRIPTION: Roles of child life specialists in preparing children and families for healthcare experiences. Content includes psychosocial and developmental needs of children, adolescents, and families in healthcare settings and impact of illness, injury, and hospitalization on the child and family.

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      SFL 449 : Biological Foundations of Human Development. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      SFL 449 : Biological Foundations of Human Development. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: SFL 101 & STAT 121 & SFL 290; SFL 210 or concurrent enrollment.
      DESCRIPTION: Biological, genetic, and neurological foundations of human development and their interactions with family socialization processes.

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      SFL 453 : Moral Development. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      SFL 453 : Moral Development. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall
      PREREQUISITE: SFL 101 & STAT 121 & SFL 290; SFL 210 or concurrent enrollment.
      DESCRIPTION: Theories and applications of moral development, including moral reasoning, moral emotions, contextual factors, and socialization influences that influence moral decisions and moral behavior.

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      Note: Courses taken beyond the 9 required hours may count towards the 6-hour electives/prerequisites requirement below.

  5. Complete 6 hours of any SFL course as electives/prerequisites.
  6. Complete 3 hours of a capstone experience from the following:
  7. Note 1: If SFL 490 is not used to fulfill the capstone requirement, it may be used to fulfill 3 of the 6-hour elective/prerequisite requirements above.

    Note 2: For SFL 399R and 403R human development related experiences are preferred. Only 3 credit hours of 399R or 403R may count towards the 46-hour degree requirement. Additional credits may, however, count towards the overall 120-hour graduation requirement.

*Hours include courses that may fulfill university core requirements.



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