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Family Studies and Human Development Major

Family Studies and Human Development

Admission Requirements

Explore Relationships Between Families and Individuals

 Understanding Individual and Family Health

The FSHD program is designed to provide students with an interdisciplinary understanding of the influence of psychological, social, biological, and economic factors on individual health, well-being, and relationships across the lifespan.

 Choose Your Area of Focus

Restricted electives allow students to focus their studies on areas of focus, including Adult Development and Gerontology, Sexuality and Relationships, and Youth Studies, preparing you for a variety of careers.

 Build Your Career Foundation

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 and more.

Why Family Studies and Human Development?

Develop the foundations for an exciting career working with individuals and families, in fields such as social work, public health, speech-language pathology, and much more.

Students in the Family Studies and Human Development (FSHD) major at the University of Guelph might also be interested in studying Sociology, Psychology, a degree in Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, or other majors.

What You Will Learn

Semester 1
  • Human Development
  • Introduction to Nutrition
  • Introduction to Psychology
Semester 2
  • Couple and Family Relationships
  • Genetics and Society
  • Introduction to Anthropology or Sociology

Semester 3
  • Public Policy
  • Introductory Applied Statistics I
  • Adult Development and Aging or Adolescent Development
Semester 4
  • Development of Human Sexuality
  • Introduction to Human Services
  • Introductory Applied Statistics II

Semester 5
  • Plant Pathology
  • Research Methods: Family Studies
  • Poverty and Health
  • Communication and Counselling Skills
  • Practicum I: Youth or Practicum I: Adult
Semester 6
  • Parenting and Intergenerational Relationships

Semester 7
  • Family Theory
  • Professional Issues
Semester 8
  • Social Policies
  • Issues in Human Sexuality
  • Aging and Health
  • Youth, Risk and Resilience


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