B.A. in Human Development & Family Studies

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Be a leader for positive change in today's society.

Human Development & Family Studies majors study individual, family, and group dynamics to gain an in-depth understanding of human behavior. Coursework includes classes in education, psychology, sociology, and social work; a wide range of elective courses enables students to concentrate their studies in areas of personal interest.

To acquire a conceptual understanding of individual’s and families’ development across the lifespan and in the context of culture and society, students are required to complete a 25-hour field experience working with children/youth with special needs, and they are strongly encouraged to engage in global and study abroad experiences.

Graduates are prepared for a variety of careers in healthcare, social services, education, business, and government and for study at the master’s level.  

Rivier University is a College of Distinction.   

Department of Psychology
Rivier's high-quality, hands-on bachelor's and master's programs prepare students for leadership roles in a global environment. For more information, visit the Department of Psychology.

Careers
B.A. in Human Development & Family Studies graduates can pursue roles as:

  • Social services case managers
  • Mental Health counselors
  • Program directors
  • Juvenile justice workers
  • Criminologists

Note: Some careers may require additional graduate study. 

Rivier’s Career Development Center (CDC) provides professional advising, assistance with career or major planning, internship options, job search information, and graduate school exploration. For a complete list of CDC resources, visit the Center’s web page.
 

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