Human Development

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.

See the catalog for course descriptions and full unit information including degree requirements.

Course requirements

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development requires a cumulative GPA of 2.6 or better in all HD courses, including substitutions. Of the 42 HD hours required for the major (general option), a minimum of 21 must be taken in residence at WSU.

Introductory Courses (11 credits required)

Course #

Course Title

Credits

HD 101 [SSCI]

Human Development Across the Lifespan- Required

3

HD 200

Intro to the Field of Human Development - Required

2

HD 204 [SSCI]

Family Interactions - Required

3

HD 205

Developing Effective Communication and Life Skills

4

HD 220

Human Development Theories - Required

3

Developmental Courses (6 credits required)

HD 306

Child Development

3

HD 307

Middle Childhood and Adolescent Development

3

HD 308

Adult Development

3

Family Courses (6 credits required)

HD 300

Child Maltreatment

3

HD 301

Family Stress and Coping

3

HD 302

Parent-Child Relationships

3

HD 350 [DIVR]

Family Diversity - Required

3

HD 360

Death and Dying

3

Social & Human Services Skill-Based Courses (10 credits required)

HD 310 [M]

Research Methods - Required

3

HD 320

Resource Management

3

HD 334 [SSCI]

Principles of Community Development

3

HD 341

Guidance in Early Childhood Programs

3

HD 342

Curriculum for Early Childhood Programs

4

HD 385

Perspectives in Human Services - Required

3

HD 430

Professional and Grant Writing Skills

3

HD 482

Child Assessment and Evaluation

3

HD 496

Field Placement Preparation - Required

1

Integrative Courses (6 credits required)

HD 403 [CAPS]

Families in Poverty - Recommended

3

HD 405

Gerontology

3

HD 406

Work and Family

3

HD 410 [M]

Public Policy Issues in Human Development - Required

3

HD 479

Planning and Evaluation in Human Development

3

HD 487

Special Topics in Human Development

V 1-3

Culminating Experience

HD 446

Practicum in Early Childhood Programs Required for students completing Early Childhood certificate

6

HD 498

Field Placement3 Credits Required for all HD Majors except students completing Early Childhood certificate

V 1-8

Other Elective Course Options

HD 485

Participation in Human Development Research

V 1-3

HD 495

Instructional Practicum

V 1-4

HD 499

Special Problems

V 1-4

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 three mandatory courses, HD 101, HD 204 and HD 220, and 9 credits of upper-division electives approved by the department. An overall human development GPA of 2.6 is required for the minor.


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