Department of Human Development

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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.

Our 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.

Sample courses: 

  • Child Development
  • Middle Childhood and Adolescent Development
  • Adult Development
  • Family Interactions
  • Perspectives in Human Services

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

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.


Contact us

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