Family Studies and Human Development Major

Family Studies and Human Development

Why Family Studies and Human Development?

Embark on the journey to a rewarding career centered on individuals and families. This interdisciplinary program offers a comprehensive exploration of individual and family health, well-being, and relationships across all stages of life, embedded within diverse social and cultural contexts. 

Gain practical experience through guaranteed practicum placements totaling up to 336 hours, enabling you to refine your skills. Tailor your studies with specialized focuses such as adult development and gerontology, sexuality and relationships, and youth studies. Prepare yourself for diverse career paths in fields such as social work, public health, speech-language pathology, and beyond, equipped with a solid foundation in understanding and supporting individuals and families throughout their lives.

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 Understand Individual and Family Health

Build an interdisciplinary understanding of how individual health, well-being, and relationships are impacted by psychological, social, biological and economic factors across the lifespan.

 Become an Expert in Your Field of Interest

Focus on Adult Development and Gerontology, Sexuality and Relationships, or Youth Studies to prepare for careers in social work, gerontology, public health, occupational therapy, family law, mediation, and couple and family therapy.

 Gain Real-World Practicum Experience

Experience firsthand the impact of our BASc undergraduate degree with a guaranteed practicum placement, offering up to 336 hours of practical engagement with youth, young adults, families, or seniors within human service organizations.

What Can You Do with a Degree in Family Studies and Human Development?

Graduates from the University of Guelph Family Studies and Human Development program are prepared for a variety of graduate studies opportunities and career pathways, all under the context of working with individuals and families.

Here are just a few careers our Family Studies and Human Development graduates have successfully pursued:

  • Counselling or social work
  • Elementary/secondary teaching
  • Working with older adults
  • Health promotion
  • Sexuality education
Shannon D'Silva headshot.
I chose Family Studies and Human Development at U of G because I wanted to learn about health, well-being, and human development from a biopsychosocial perspective. Throughout my degree, I've had the opportunity to learn about the social determinants of health, counselling skills, intersectionality, screening/assessment, and development across the lifespan. Currently, I am looking into pursuing a master's degree in occupational therapy and I feel that the FSHD courses have prepared me well for this. I also think that there are opportunities to pursue lots of other fields after completing this degree, including education, public health, social work, and counselling.

Shannon D'Silva
Family Studies and Human Development

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Students in the Family Studies and Human Development program may also be interested in studying Child Studies, Sociology, Psychology, a degree in Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, or other majors.

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