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Family Studies and Human Development Major

Family Studies and Human Development

Admission Requirements

How We Grow, Develop, and Relate to Each Other

 Understand Individual and Family Health

As an FSHD student, you'll build an interdisciplinary understanding of how individual health, well-being, and relationships are impacted by psychological, social, biological and economic factors across the lifespan.

 Focus on Your Interests

Gain expertise in a subject area that interests you by choosing to focus on the content areas of Adult Development and Gerontology, Sexuality and Relationships or Youth Studies, preparing you for a career in fields such as social work, gerontology, public health, occupational therapy, family law and mediation, couple and family therapy and family relations and human development.

 Gain Real-World Practicum Experience

A unique component of the BASc undergraduate degree, the guaranteed practicum placement gives students up to 336 hours of practical experience working with youth, young adults, families or seniors in a human service organization.

Why Family Studies and Human Development?

Develop the foundations for an exciting career working with individuals and families.

You'll build a deeper understanding of individual and family health, well-being, and relationships from childhood into old age and hone your skills through practical experience, preparing you for a career 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
  • Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Oppression

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
  • Selected Topics in Family Relations and Human Development
Semester 8
  • Social Policies
  • Issues in Human Sexuality or
  • Aging and Health or
  • Youth, Risk and Resilience


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