Human Development and Family Studies

This template has been completed by the appropriate Academic Committee as a blueprint for guiding students who intend to major in this discipline. Students who successfully complete this course of study and who meet the requirements for admission to the participating state senior institution are eligible to apply for admission to the major with junior standing. Not all two-year colleges or universities will offer every course or program and course numbers and names may vary. Students desiring to transfer will be advised to refer to catalogs or to access details about courses and programs through world-wide web sites of colleges and universities.

Areas I-IV General Studies Curriculum Core
41 Hours 
(Could be 42 if a 4-SH Mathematics course is taken in Area III.) 

Forty-one semester hours of credit in general studies core courses have been approved by the Articulation and General Studies Committee. The general studies curriculum core includes study in the areas of written composition, humanities and fine arts, natural sciences and mathematics, and history, social, and behavioral sciences.

Area I Written Communication
6 Semester Hours

Effective written communication skills are essential in a literate society. Requirements include at least 6 semester hours in written composition. 

NOTE: English Composition I and II are the only courses available in AREA I.

Area II Humanities and Fine Arts
12 Semester Hours

Study in the humanities addresses the ability to deal with questions of values, ethics, or aesthetics as they are represented in literature, philosophy, religion, and the arts, and is fundamental to general education. Minimum requirements include at least 12 semester hours in humanities with a minimum 3 semester hours in literature*, 3 semester hours in the arts, and the remaining semester hours from the humanities and/or fine arts. In addition to literature, disciplines in the humanities include, but are not limited to, philosophy, religious studies, speech, foreign languages, art, music, theatre, and dance. 

NOTE: Students must complete a 6 semester-hour sequence either in literature or in history in Area II or IV.

Discipline Specific Requirements for AREA II:

3-6 SH Literature (Students must complete either a Lit or History sequence)
3 SH Fine Arts (Choose from Art Appreciation, Music Appreciation, or Theatre Appreciation)

Remaining hours chosen from:
IDS 102*, PHL 106*, PHL 206*, SPH 106 or SPH 107
*AU requires a 3 SH coure in ethics/philosophy.

(Note: Institutions will substitute a course in Medical Ethics for Area II credit if offered and taken at the two-year college.)

Area III Natural Sciences and Mathematics
11 Semester Hours 
(Could be 12 if a 4-SH Mathematics course is taken in Area III.) 

Study in the natural sciences and mathematics emphasizes the scientific method and applies quantitative or inductive reasoning.Requirements include at least 11 semester hours with at least 3 semester hours in mathematics at the precalculus algebra level or higher (some degrees may allow Finite Mathematics) and at least 8 semester hours in the natural sciences which must include laboratory experiences. Disciplines in the natural sciences include but are not limited to, astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, and physics.

NOTE: Some mathematics courses are offered for 4 semester credit hours and some natural science laboratory courses are often 5 semester hours. Only minimum semester hour requirements are indicated.

Discipline Specific Requirements for AREA III:

Select 4 SH from: BIO 102 or 103

(Note: AU students should complete the sequence by either taking BIO 101 and 102 or BIO 103 and 104. UA students can take any other approved science course in Area III to meet the requirement.)

UA requires MTH 110 or higher
AU requires MTH 112 or higher

Area IV History, Social and Behavioral Sciences
12 Semester Hours

Study in history and the social and behavioral sciences deals primarily with the study of human behavior, social and political structures, and economics. Requirements include 12 semester hours with at least a 3 semester hours course in history and at least 6 semester hours from among other disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences.Disciplines include, but are not limited to, anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology, and sociology.

NOTE: Students must complete a 6 semester-hour sequence either in literature or in history in Area II or IV.

Discipline Specific Requirements for AREA IV:

3-6 SH History (Students must complete either a Lit or History sequence)
3 SH Psychology (PSY 200)

AU students should select their remaining hours from SOC 200, ANT 200, or another History.
UA students can complete their remaining hours by selecting from any approved courses in Area IV not already taken. 

Area V Pre-Professional, Major and Electives
19-23 Semester Hours

Area V is designated for courses appropriate to the degree/major requirements of the individual student (it may also include electives). These courses are most often taken during the last part of the sophomore year to prepare a student to enter the four-year institution as a junior in their chosen major.

NOTE: Some institutions may include courses in wellness or physical education.

Discipline Specific Requirements for AREA V:

All students must take:
PSY 210 - Human Growth and Development
CHD 201 - Child Growth and Development
SOC 247 - Marriage and the Family
SPH 106 or 107 - Public Speaking (if not already taken in Area II)
BUS 271 - Business Statistics I

The remaining hours in Area V are to be prescribed by the institution to which you plan to transfer through their Area V pages.

Total Combined Hours for Areas I-V
60-64 Semester Hours 
(Could be 65 if a 4-SH Mathematics course is taken in Area III.) 

NOTE: For institutions requiring 120 semester hours for graduation the maximum allowable hours for transfer from a community college into a four-year baccalaureate degree program will be 60 semester hours. The primary goal of the template is to try to allow for 1/2 of the total degree hours to transfer from an Alabama public two-year community college to an Alabama public four-year university. The template sets the policy for the STARS TRANSFER GUIDE. If you are a transfer student, make sure you obtain and follow an official STARS TRANSFER GUIDE.

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