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The human development major is designed to provide students with a comprehensive grounding in theoretical approaches to human development across the life course in comparative cross-species, cross-cultural, and multicultural, as well as class and gender perspectives. The human development major is interdisciplinary, meaning it draws on theories and concepts from multiple disciplines, including: Anthropology, Biology, Education, Nursing, Psychology, Sociology, and Women's & Gender Studies.

A BA in Human Development will help prepare students for professional, managerial, service, and educational careers in human development and human services serving infants, children, adolescents, families, and elders. The degree in human development will also complement students' preparation for graduate studies in traditional fields such as psychology, sociology, anthropology, or human development. Our Career & Grad School Info page provides career and certificate, credential and graduate school options for students who earn a BA in Human Development.

Program Learning Outcomes

Human Development Majors will master the following learning outcomes by the time they graduate:

  •      Recognize the way in which the life course comes to be culturally shaped as well as inflected by social positions such as gender, race, sexuality, disability and class.
  •      Evaluate the concepts and theories that shape scholarship and practice in human development, including from biological, social, cultural and psychological perspectives.
  •      Experience designing, undertaking, and presenting research that is empirically rigorous as well as ethically and methodologically sound.
  •     Through service-learning, identify and experience some of the ethical and political concerns that characterize the provision of service in the “helping professions.”
  •     Critically reflect on how human development knowledge can be used to facilitate positive change in the life course in contexts of inequity and structural violence.
  •     Critically evaluate the ways that health, well-being and ability can be used as frameworks for understanding processes of development in the life course.