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Human development is a multidisciplinary program that will provide you with an understanding of individual development across the life span within the context of diverse families and communities. When you graduate with a degree in human development, you may work in a variety of education and social service settings with people of all ages.

Human development faculty are involved in teaching, research, service and outreach across the lifespan as well. Many of our faculty have won awards in their fields and all of them are highly regarded community leaders and speakers. Students frequently comment that human development classes are full of engaging dialogue, interesting small group activities, and informative and stimulating guest speakers. As a student of the human development program, you are required to participate in an internship to gain experience in a professional setting. Finally, we have several scholarships unique to our program that you can apply for through the university.

If you enjoy working with diverse populations and have an interest in being a part of an invigorating and active department, human development is the place for you.

Suzanne Smith, Ph.D.
Director, Department of Human Development

Contact the Department

Administrative Assistant
(360) 546-9721