Human Development

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Bachelor of Arts

When you pursue a Bachelor of Arts in human development, you’ll study the complexity of human development, including physical, social, cognitive and affective development in a variety of contexts. The degree prepares you to work with families, children, adolescents, adults or older adults across a wide array of career possibilities in public, private and government settings.

To earn a bachelor’s degree, you must complete 27 credits in required courses plus 15 elective credits in topics ranging from parent-child relations to family stress, poverty to community development, program evaluation and grant writing. An internship is also required.

Human development graduates must be able to:

  1. Understand social, emotional, cognitive and physical development across the human lifespan.
  2. Recognize how family and individual development are embedded in contexts such as school, work, relationships and culture.
  3. Access credible information about individuals and families.
  4. Write, listen and speak professionally.
  5. Apply human development knowledge in professional settings.

Human development minor

Students majoring in other programs may declare a minor in human development. The minor requires 18 total credits in human development. This includes two mandatory courses, HD 101 and HD 204, and 12 credits of electives.