BS in Human Development





This program is designed as a gateway program to the Amridge University Master of Science Degree program with concentrations in Family Therapy or in Counseling.  Also, graduates of the Bachelor of Science Degree program in Human Development will especially be prepared in the dynamics of human relations and interactions that are critical in all positions relying on close working relationships with others in the church or business world.  Students will be introduced to human development, motivation, introductory counseling theories and practices, aging, and diversity.  Graduates of this program will be eligible to apply for admission to the Amridge University Master of Arts Degree Program with concentrations in Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Counseling, or Pastoral Therapy with preparation for licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy and/or Professional Counseling.  This program of study is a precursor for the graduate programs in the Amridge University School of Human Services focusing on counseling and marriage and family therapy.

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Human Development program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Effectively function in church settings and other organizations;
  2. Demonstrate skills and knowledge in general education areas that are foundation to life skills and further education;
  3. Recall prominent counseling theories in the field of Human Development; 
  4. Analyze the foundational tenets of  psychology and sociology
  5. Relate a basic explanation of human development
  6. Utilize a broad foundation for advanced studies

A student may demonstrate achievement of these outcomes by receiving a passing grade in the course and on the Program Exit Exam administered in the following capstone course:

HD 4409 – Family and Society 

The Course Requirements of 128 semester credit hours for the degree program Bachelor of Science in Human Development includes general education courses (40 semester hours), program specific courses (36 semester hours), elective courses (48 semester hours), and a capstone course (4 semester hours).



Before being graduated with the Bachelor of Science in Human Development, a student must satisfy the following requirements:

1.    Complete at least 128 semester hours of which at least 40 semester hours must be taken at Amridge University;

2.    Complete all required coursework for the respective degree;

3.    Pass the program capstone course and the Program Exit Examination that is given as part of the capstone course;

4.    Pass the General Competency Test (GCT);

5.    Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher; and

6.    Complete an Amridge University Degree Completion Application.  The properly completed and signed application must be submitted no later than the first day of classes of the semester prior to the semester the student plans to graduate.  Following this schedule permits the University to conduct a full audit of the respective student’s records to make sure that all courses, programs, and respective graduation requirements have been met.  Students having any questions regarding the Degree Completion Application should contact the Registrar’s Office.