Bachelor of Arts in Human Development

WSU Vancouver Campus

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.

Choose from six options:

Life Span Development

  • Focus on studying individuals across the life span.
  • Careers include a variety of human services, nonprofit and educational settings.

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Human Services

  • Focus on case work and community services.
  • Careers include family services case manager, behavioral skill specialist, family advocate, family support specialist, family liaison and advocacy work.

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Child and Youth Development

  • Focus on adolescence and changes in physical, cognitive, social and emotional development.
  • Careers include 4-H, YMCA, juvenile justice, parks and recreation, behavioral health and mental health promotion.

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Early Childhood Education

  • Focus on NAEYC Professional Preparation Standards for education.
  • Careers include teaching young children in group settings, roles in administration and program directors.

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  • Focus on addressing issues of aging from a multidisciplinary perspective.
  • Careers include advocacy and policy work, recreation, bereavement, end-of-life support, home modifications, counseling/life coaching, care coordination and family support.

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Prevention Science

  • Focus on the development, implementation, and evaluation of prevention interventions.
  • Preparation for research/graduate school.
  • Careers include developing programs that influence health and development across the life span including state agency specialist, extension prevention specialist and roles at the Washington State Health Care Authority.

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Abby Griffith

“I enjoyed studying human development, gaining instrumental knowledge, which helped me get my current job as a Disability Mobility Initiative fellow at Disability Rights Washington. Some of my favorite courses were family and diversity, perspectives in human development, child development, human development theory, and family stress and coping. All of my professors were very supportive, and the WSU Access Center staff are lovely.”

—Abby Griffith, B.A. human development

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