Department of Human Development

 Mt.Hood From WSU campus

If you are interested in how people change and grow over time, consider studying human development. Our multidisciplinary program will give you an understanding of individual development across people’s life span within the context of diverse families and communities.

Social justice statement

Academic programs

Learn about human development and family relations across the life span, as well as the interaction of individuals and families within the community environment.

Bachelors degreeGraduate degree MinorsCertificates

Career opportunities

A degree in human development qualifies you to work in a variety of education and social service settings with people of all ages. You might work for Head Start, a public school, a residential treatment center, a family service program, juvenile corrections, a youth center, or a community-based program for the elderly.


Jeffery Reams

“My name is Jeffrey Reams and I have my bachelor’s degree in human development with a minor in psychology as well as a certificate in human services case management and administration from WSU Vancouver. My experience with the HD program at WSU Vancouver was nothing less than fantastic and it prepared me for a career that is extremely rewarding. I did my HD internship at the Clark County Juvenile Court and I was offered a full-time position with the court before I even graduated. I am still gratefully employed at CCJC and am now looking into graduate programs at WSU Vancouver.”

Jeffrey Reams, Juvenile Recovery Court Navigator, Clark County Juvenile Court—Child and Youth Development

Contact us

For more information, email us or call 360-546-9721.