Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) - George Mason University
Human Development and Family Science - George Mason University

Our Graduate School of Education is the alma mater for one third of teachers and administrators in Northern Virginia’s world-class school systems. Each year, more than 3,000 graduate students enroll in our innovative academic programs, which include advanced study for teachers and school leaders, instructional design and technology, and a renowned PhD in Education program that is among the largest in the country.

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School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University

The School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (SRHT) offers exciting, career-ready majors in dynamic fields such as athletic training, tourism and events management, health and physical education, kinesiology, sport management, and recreation management. SRHT features renowned faculty, cutting-edge research, six laboratories and centers, and a diverse student body of more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Each major requires one or more internship or clinical experiences, ensuring that students graduate not just with a transcript but with a resume that demonstrates their professional aptitude and skills.

Family Health and Well-Being - BA Concentration

Understanding the ecological, economic, cultural and family level factors that promote family health and well being for children and families empowers professionals to make a difference in families and family relations.

Family life education is the educational effort to strengthen individual and family life through a family perspective. The objective of Family Life Education is to enrich and improve the quality of individual and family life.

Students complete a 6-credit internship and integrate research training with service fieldwork. Such an experience is a critical component of the HDFS Family Health and Well-Being concentration and further prepares our students for graduate education and diverse careers in the human development and family science field.

Human Development and Family Science, BA - Family Health and Well-Being Concentration

Mason Core (40 credits)

  • Written Communication (6)
  • Oral Communication (3)
  • Information Technology and Ethics (3)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (3)
  • Literature (3)
  • Arts (3)
  • Western Civilization (3)
  • Social and Behavioral Science (3)
  • Global Understanding (3)
  • Natural Science (7)
  • Synthesis (3)

Additional Requirements for the BA (9-18 credits)

Students must complete the following requirements:

  • Philosophy or religious studies (3 credits) fulfilled by any course with a PHIL or RELI prefix,
  • Social and behavioral science (3 credits) in addition to the Mason Core requirement, an additional social and behavioral course is required,
  • Non-Western culture (3 credits)
  • Proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate level (coursework or testing to determine proficiency)

Major Requirements (33 credits)

Family Health and Well-Being (FHW) - BA Concentration Concentration Requirements (15 credits)

Choose 15 credits from the list below or in consultation with your advisor*:

  • *Other courses of interest may be approved by the program coordinator

Electives (14-23 credits)

Select 14-23 credits of electives

Family Health and Well-Being (FHW) Concentration Requirements Advising Sheet

Total: Minimum 120 credits