A.A. - Transfer Degree
Learn more about transfer options below.
This program strives to integrate relationships between individuals, families, and communities as well as the environments in which they function. This profession is concerned with: the strength and vitality of families; the use of personal, social, and material resources to meet human needs; the well-being of individuals and families; the role of individuals and families as consumers of goods and services; and the development and management of home and community environments that are supportive of individuals and families. Any student may take courses in this area for personal or professional development. Some FAS courses fulfill general education requirements (AGEC and A.A.S.) in the Social and Behavioral Sciences category. To reach the objectives of the profession, students are advised to continue and complete a bachelor’s degree for employability in this area.
Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in family studies that will prepare them for transfer to the university and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.
- Identify and discuss effective communication practices and construct conversations utilizing the skills.
- Summarize and determine family strengths as they pertain to solving problems.
- Utilize technology to support their learning and understanding of family studies.
- Research an assigned topic and synthesize information in a research paper, citing all sources using appropriate style and format.
- Identify and explain how the influences in their own life impact their family and wellbeing.
- Identify, discuss, and utilize effective communication skills.
- Characterize and compare effective methods to support and empower families in order to promote holistic family development.
- Use systematic observation, writing, and other effective assessment strategies to demonstrate an understanding of how multiple factors can impact families.
- Employ their understanding of and relationships with children and families and their understanding of developmentally and culturally effective approaches to build upon family strengths.
Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements
The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program. For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes.
Program Requirements Based on Fall/Spring rotation. (AGEC-A certificate also included)
First Semester: Fall
|Freshman Composition I||3||GE-Composition|
|MAT 142||College Mathematics or higher||3||GE-Mathematics|
|FAS 160||Close Relationships||3||Major Requirement|
|PSY 170||Human Sexuality||3||Departmental Requirement|
|SOC 101||Introduction to Sociology (recommended)||3||GE-Social & Behavioral Sciences|
- Meet professors one-on-one
- Research University Degree Program options
- Plan with your advisor after midterm grades posted
- Attend AWC Majors Fair & Career Expos
- Register with Jobs 4 Matadors
Second Semester: Spring
|Freshman Composition II||3||GE-Composition|
|FAS 238||Human Development||3||Major Requirement|
|PSY 101||Introduction to Psychology (recommended)||3||GE-Social & Behavioral Sciences|
|PHI 105||Introduction to ethics (recommended)||3||GE-Humanities|
|BIO 100||Introduction to Biology (recommended)||4||GE-Physical & Biological Sciences|
- Join a club
Third Semester: Fall
|ECE 240||Child Growth and Development||3||Major Requirement|
|FAS 204||Gender Relations||3||Departmental Requirement|
|NTR 201||Nutrition||3||Major Requirement|
|ARH-141||Survey of World Art (recommended)||3||GE-Arts|
|Second Language||Choose a course from Second Languages/101 level (recommended)
(or take a CLEP exam)
- If transferring, apply to universities
- Visit universities campus
- Apply for internship or volunteer opportunities
Fourth Semester: Spring
|FAS 220||The Family||3||Major Requirement|
|BIO 160||Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology (recommended)||4||GE-Physical & Biological Sciences|
|*PSY 230||Statistics for Social Sciences||4||General Elective|
|*PSY 290||Intro to Research Methods||4||General Elective|
|Second Language||Choose a course from Second Languages/102 level (recommended)
(or take a CLEP exam)
*Course may be required for students transferring to the university.
- Apply for Graduation
- Attend Etiquette Lunch
- Meet with Career Services
- Apply for university scholarship opportunities
|UNIVERSITY / LOCATION||DEGREE||MAJOR||LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT|
|Arizona State University – Tempe or Online||BS||Family & Human Development||None|
|Northern Arizona University - Online||BSED||Career and Technical Education 90-30 - (Family and Consumer Science Emphasis)||None|
|University of Arizona – Yuma or Tucson||BS||Family Studies & Human Development||2nd Semester Proficiency|