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


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

4.    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.

The Course Requirements of 128 semester credit hours for the degree program includes general education courses (40 semester hours), program specific courses (40 semester hours), elective courses (48 semester hours).

General Education Courses
EH 1401 English Composition I
EH 1402 English Composition II
Humanities/Fine Arts
HM 2410 Introduction to Ethics
PH 3420 Survey of the Bible
MH 1403 College Algebra
MH 1404 Finite Math
Natural Science
HE 1401 Health
HE 1405 Human Nutrition
SC 1410 Introduction to Life Sciences
BY 2401 Biology I
Social Science/Behavioral Science
PG 2401 General Psychology
SY 2401 Introductory Sociology
HY 2403 Western Civilization I
HY 2404 Western Civilization II
GT 2405 Your American Government
HY 1401 United States History I
HY 1402 United States History II
EC 3403 Microeconomics
EC 3405 Macroeconomics
Humanities/Fine Arts, Mathematics/Natural Sciences, Social/Behavioral Sciences
Total General Education Course Hours 40
Required Courses
FD 1412 Management Intervention (required at the beginning of the student’s program)
HD 4401 Introduction to Child Development
HD 4402 Seasons of Life
HD 4403 Psychology in Life
HD 4404 Counseling Theories and Practice
HD 4405 Abnormal Psychology
HD 4406 Theories of Personality and Motivation
HD 4407 Motivation and Performance
HD 4408 Thinking About Race, Class and Gender



HD 4409 Family and Society 4
Total Required Courses 40
Elective Courses (select from 1000-4000 level courses) 48
Total Hours for Bachelor’s Degree   128
Recommended Electives
NT 3403 Introduction and Survey of the New Testament
OT 3401 Introduction and Survey of the Old Testament
PH 4401 World Views: Islam, Humanism, Marxism, Christianity
TH 4405 Systematic Theology


Common Titles:

  • Social worker
  • Criminologist
  • Case Manager
  • Professional counselor
  • Mental health worker

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