SCHOOL OF EDUCATION AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
The online BS in Human Development and Family Relations (HDFR) program is designed for students who want to serve culturally and linguistically diverse families and individuals, whether that’s in the public or private sector. Most of our graduates go on to find work in “helping fields,” which include nonprofits, social work, counseling and mental health, child and adult care, and health settings such as hospitals and clinics.
This online program is offered through CU Online and the School of Education and Human Development at CU Denver. Our online students may choose a degree focus from two different course concentration areas: Family Diversity or Human Development and Learning. Students who are starting from scratch, without any transfer credits, can complete their degree in four years, or eight semesters, if they take classes full-time. However, we also welcome part-time students. Those who transfer credits can finish their degree faster.
Our students benefit from our proven and tested mentoring system where every student is personally mentored and coached by at least one faculty member during their time with us. We make sure you understand the course material, figure out how to apply it to your professional goals, and grow as both a scholar and an individual.
The bilingual Spanish concentration is the first of its kind in the United States. There are incredible benefits to learning how to serve diverse families and communities in multiple languages. Even if you don’t speak Spanish, the exposure to the Spanish language through our bilingual courses can help you to develop a more global perspective as you work with diverse families.
We view diverse individuals and families through a global, strengths-based lens. Our courses aren’t just preparatory courses for professional life; they are also classes that can change your perspective to an intentional, outward focus - helping you develop transferable life skills as a community member and a global citizen.
Investing in your future is a big decision. However, becoming a fully online student at CU Denver is an affordable option with discounted tuition rates for non resident, fully online students. And of course, you will save money not having to drive to campus!
Tuition and fees are based largely on the class that you enroll in. Tuition amount assessed is determined based on which school/college is offering your class, as well as if it is an undergrad or graduate level, and finally your resident status. Visit the tuition and financial aid page.
Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.
Courses at CU Denver are offered three times a year - fall, spring, and summer. Not all courses are available every semester. For most programs, courses last 15 weeks, plus one week for finals. This is a big commitment, but we believe the extra time you spend dedicated to your studies pays off!The Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Relations is an interdisciplinary degree that requires approximately 90 major credits, plus general education requirements for a total of 120 credits.
HDFR 2200 - Love, Family and Human Development
This course provides an introduction to understanding love, intimate relationships and family relations through an ecological systems perspective. The course provides an exploration of contemporary diverse family systems and their relationships across the life span.
HDFR 3250 - Families in Global Perspective
Students will become familiar with family life across the world. Through ecological systems theories, this course is designed to provide an understanding of families in global perspectives. The impact of family policy and practices on international families will be examined.
HDFR 4200 - Adult Ecology
The emphasis is on the major theories of adult ecology and growth and the implications of classic and contemporary research in the community. Specifically, biological, psychological, psychosocial, cognitive, and cross-cultural theories will be explored.