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