This online bachelors degree provides relevant and rigorous theoretical and experiential preparation in advocacy, community service, and the helping professions. You'll pursue courses and internships that provide perspectives on human needs and potential while encouraging personal growth and increasingly sophisticated communication skills. With guidance, you will design your own degree, choosing courses that align with your passions and interests. You will pursue mentorships that offer opportunities to learn from experts in your chosen field. 

Although you are free to design an individualized program of study, many students opt for one of these popular learning paths: Holistic Health, Human Services, Psychology, Therapeutic Use of Adventure Education, or Women’s Studies.

Our online programs are flexible both in terms of the ability to complete your degree at a distance, and in the ability you have to earn credit for your life experience through our Prior Learning Assessment. We've been working with adult learners through distance programs for over twenty years - our programs are designed with your success in mind. If you are a transfer student, contact us to find out how your credits might apply. We have a generous transfer credit policy.

Unlike a traditional 100% online bachelors degree program, this is a limited residency program that requires you to attend orientation in Prescott, Arizona. It is also a hybrid program - meaning you will be working in your community and with mentors as well as online.

Course formats include:

  • Online and hybrid courses 
  • Mentored study academic courses
  • Mentored study internship courses

Completion Requirements: 

  • Attend New Student Orientation in Prescott, Arizona 
  • A minimum of 60 semester credits in human development
  • A minimum of 120 semester credits 
  • Develop two breadths (similar to a minor) 
    • Breadth 1 is an elective, with a minimum of 30 semester credits
    • Breadth 2 is the Liberal Arts, with a minimum of 30 semester credits

We also offer accelerated pathways into our online masters degree, including online counseling degrees so that you can take your education to the next level. Explore online masters degrees.

Sample Courses

Course Code Course Credits
HDP47400UD Living with Loss: Studies of Grief & Transitions 4
HDP21900LD Addiction & Recovery 4
HDP47000UD Core Seminar: Human Development Professional Perspectives 4

Application Requirements

  • Academic focus essay
  • Completed Application
  • Official transcripts

Career Outcomes

  • Graduate School
  • Mental Health Counselor

Learning Outcomes

  • A strong foundation in the liberal arts with a foundation in critical thinking and creative problem-solving by engaging in a broad, interwoven range of models of inquiry
  • Global cultural literacy that involves both an academic and a personal understanding of the depth of our interdependence as human beings and communities
  • Ecological literacy that is based on an understanding of natural systems, and an examination of human impact on the integrity of those systems and the diversity of life
  • The skills and dispositions involved in lifelong learning include curiosity, transfer, independence, initiative, and reflection
  • Skills for inquiry, analysis, and synthesis that include the capacity to use research techniques, mathematics, and other qualitative and quantitative scholarly methods

The faculty do this amazing balance of being supportive, being there, offering feedback, but also being very intentional in standing back and letting us craft and explore and assess our own ideas."

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