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Human Development and Family Studies

48 months
285 USD/credit 8550 USD/year
285 USD/credit 8550 USD/year
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The Human Development and Family Studies BA course at the American Public University focuses on the classic and contemporary theories of human life development from infancy through adulthood including family and societal issues.


Course Details

Explore human development across the lifespan by pursuing the Human Development and Family Studies BA course at the American Public University.

APU’s online human development degree examines human interaction, emphasizing how people are affected by their environments and how they impact others. Coursework covers lifespan development, human sexuality, family life, family communications, and parenting. Practical exercises allow you to apply your knowledge. Some activities have included interviewing senior citizens about the aging process, creating a parenting class brochure and presentation, and developing a preschool lesson plan.

Classes in this bachelor’s in human development can prepare you to pursue becoming a Certified Family Life Educator, Certified Child Life Specialist, or earning the Child Development Associate Credential.

What You Will Do

  • Learn the terms, tools, and methods used in the field of human development and family studies
  • Learn the theories and practices that promote healthy development across the lifespan and across the family system
  • Explore current trends, viewpoints, controversies, and research in the field
  • Engage with research on topics impacting children and families
  • Complete practical assignments designed to support professional success

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • The American Family
  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Infant-Toddler Development
  • Parenting
  • Family Development
  • Human Life Span Development

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months
  • Part-time
    • 120 months

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.
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Courses Start Monthly


120 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • All APU undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • Please read all undergraduate admission requirements before applying to this program and be prepared to submit the required documentation.
  • There is no fee to complete the APU admission application.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    8550 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 285 USD per credit during 48 months.
  • National

    8550 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 285 USD per credit during 48 months.

$250 with military grant


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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