Celebrate National Family Day by Considering Family-Focused Online Bachelor’s Degree From SFA

September 16, 2020 - As National Family Day, Sept. 26, approaches, the School of Human Sciences at Stephen F. Austin State University wants to remind you about a bachelor’s degree that you can earn online to serve families at all stages of life.

The Bachelor of Science in human sciences with a concentration in human development and family studies was the first completely online bachelor’s degree at SFA. As part of its online study, the program offers opportunities to connect with alumni and industry professionals virtually.

“This flexible learning experience is a great option for those who do not want to relocate to Nacogdoches,” said Dr. Rachel Jumper, assistant professor of human sciences at SFA.

Those who earn this degree pursue careers as adoption and foster specialists, childcare workers, early intervention specialists, marriage and family enrichment program coordinators, patient advocates, senior center activities coordinators and youth program coordinators.

Adrian Gutierrez, a 2016 graduate of the program, is now a juvenile case manager for the City of Baytown Municipal Court.

“Each course provided knowledge of every aspect of lifespan development while expanding my understanding of the value of communication and relationships,” Gutierrez said. “I highly recommend this program to anyone with a passion for working with and helping children and families grow.”

The human development and family studies program offers new, returning and transfer students the opportunity to earn an undergraduate degree online. It provides an in-depth understanding of growth, change and development in children, adults and families. It also features a lifespan, multicontextual and family systems approach, which has proven essential for service-oriented professions.

For more information, contact Jumper at jumperr@sfasu.edu, or visit sfasu.edu/sfaonline.