The Family and Consumer Studies Department is dedicated to understanding and enhancing the well-being of individuals as well as the families and communities in which they live. In the FCS department's undergraduate major, Family, Community and Human Development (FCHD), we examine how the social, economic, political and physical environments affect families and the development of the individuals within those families. Our core courses provide a platform of knowledge for students to spring from into their electives where they can choose to focus their coursework on a theme or choose to study a variety of different topics. Lawyer to law maker, pre-med to pre-school, financial expert to family advocate, the Family, Community, and Human Development major can help you land a career that you love.

The Family and Consumer Studies Department has been offering online classes for more than a decade, improving and upgrading along the way to ensure a fantastic student experience. Whether you are planning to complete your degree fully online or in a combination of in-person and online courses we can create a graduation plan that fits your needs!

This is an open major and no application other than the University of Utah application is required.  

At the University of Utah our online courses combine traditional online learning – where you study individually at home at your own pace – with interactive learning. Interactive learning increases your engagement with classmates and instructor, as well as with the materials covered. In this manner it improves learning outcomes. Our courses combine the flexibility of online teaching with the advantages and direct engagement of traditional teaching.

Interactive learning comes in a variety of ways:

  • Through group assignments, where you collaborate via email or a discussion forum to answer a problem set.
  • Through contributions to a discussion forum, where you directly respond to previous posts.
  • Through “peer reviews,” where you review and comment upon assignments from other students.

Our classes also offer multiple routes to stay connected and get help:

  • Converse directly with the instructor via email.
  • Participate in and guide online discussions.
  • Attend online office hours in discussion threads or on the phone.
  • Instructors are available in “real” office hours for students on or near campus; and (for some courses) we offer (voluntary) Q&A sessions in a classroom.


There are no pre-requisites to the FCHD major.

Students will complete 34 credits in the FCS department and 12 allied credits (most students who come to our program with previous college coursework have already fulfilled this requirement)

FCHD Core courses:

  • FCS 1500 Lifespan Human Development
  • FCS 2400 Modern Families
  • FCS 3010 Intro to FCS careers
  • FCS 3200 Research Methods
  • FCS 3210 Statistics
  • FCS 3450 Family Economic Issues OR FCS 3500 Financial Skills for Life

Choose one community course. Online options are:

  • FCS 2180 Family School and Community Connections
  • FCS 3420 Housing Policy and Issues (fulfills upper division writing requirement)
  • FCS 3600 Consumer and Community Policy
  • FCS 4890 Internship (time spent at internship placement + online assignments).

Students then choose 12 credits of elective courses. Online options include:

  • FCS 2570 Middle Childhood
  • FCS 2600 Intro to Early Childhood Education
  • FCS 3215 Beginnings: Development in Infancy and Early Childhood
  • FCS 3370 Parenting Across Cultures (fulfills international requirement)
  • FCS 3380 Social Science and Medicine
  • FCS 5230 Adolescence
  • FCS 5380 Family Problems
  • FCS 5390 Gender and Minorities Across the Lifespan (fulfills diversity requirement)  
  • FCS 5430 Families, Consumers, and Health
  • FCS 5510 Building family Wealth: Investment and Life Insurance Planning
  • FCS 5520 Retirement and Benefits Planning for Families
  • FCS 5530 Income Tax Planning for Families
  • FCS 5540 Protecting Family Wealth: Insurance and Estate Planning

12 credit Allied requirement:

The goal of this requirement is to foster a broader educational base for FCHD majors, consistent with the general aims of a liberal arts degree. Courses from 35 different departments can count towards this requirement. See catalog or Degree Audit for list. Class must be completed with a letter grade of C- or better to count. The allied requirement is waived with the completion of a second major or a minor from any department.

To calculate an estimate of tuition costs please use the University of Utah Tuition Calculator. Tuition for online courses is based on residency and is the same whether you take an online or on campus course. Online students pay an additional $60 fee per course to cover the costs of operating online courses.

Please visit University of Utah’s tuition rate schedule for more information about tuition at the University of Utah. 

Bachelor of Science in Family, Community, and Human Development

Job opportunities with an FCHD degree are diverse! The list below are just SOME examples of what people have gone on to do after graduation. To best understand what you can do with your resume + a degree in FCHD we recommend you speak with a Career Coach:

Bachelors only:

  • Certified Financial Planner*
  • Early Childhood Interventionist
  • Human Resource Assistant
  • Pre-school Teacher
  • Public Affairs Assistant
  • Community Education Coordinator
  • Social Service Worker
  • Psychiatric Technician
  • Afterschool Program Director

*Requires specific course sequencing discuss with academic advisor

Bachelors + Further Education:

  • Pediatric Cardiologist
  • CEO/Program Director (various non-profits and government agencies)
  • School Counselor/Psychologist
  • Lawyer
  • Special Education Consultant
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Behavior Analyst
  • Social Worker
  • Developmental Screening Coordinator
  • K-12 Public School Teacher

For more examples and average/median salary projections visit:

For more information please contact one of our FCS Academic Advisors.



University Application Deadlines

Spring - November 1

Summer - March 1

Fall - April 1

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Time to Completion

FCHD is one of the shortest majors offered at the U and can be completed quickly. How quickly depends on how many classes a student can manage each semester.  A student who can manage 4 classes each semester could finish the program in 3 semesters. Download THIS PDF document for a sample schedule.

Last Updated: 6/24/20