Welcome to the Human Development Program!

    Human Development News

    New HD core courses!

    Effective Summer 2018, HD 350 will no longer be offered. In place of 12 units of HD 350, we are now offering three 4-unit core courses:

    HD 320 Culture and the Life Course

    HD 321 Human Development Core Concepts

    HD 322 Applied Human Development

    These courses meet the HD 350 requirement. Please see the 2016-2019 BA requirements page for more information on the restructuring of the HD core requirements.

    Please see the Core Course Descriptions for more information about these classes.

    Spring 2018 Dates

    March 19-23: Spring Break

    March 30: Cesar Chavez Day

    April 9: HD Fall 2018 schedule available

    April 17: HD info session for prospective majors! 12-1pm in Stev. 2052

    April 23: Registration for Fall 2018 begins

    May 20: HD Commencement (8am)

The Human Development Program is housed within the School of Social Sciences. The School of Social Sciences offers knowledge and skills that prepare our graduates to live richly rewarding personal, professional, and social lives while understanding and appreciating human complexity in a global society.

Human Development (HD) offers an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts degree that focuses on human growth and development across the life span, the underlying processes and structures that support that development, and the relationships between the individual and the complex familial, social, and cultural environments in which development is situated. The Human Development program does not offer a minor or Master's degree.

Why Major in Human Development?

The Human Development major is designed to provide students with a comprehensive grounding in theoretical approaches to human development across the life span in comparative cross-species, cross-cultural, and multicultural, as well as class and gender perspectives. The Human Development major is interdisciplinary, meaning it draws on theories and concepts from multiple disciplines, including: Anthropology, Education, Gerontology, Psychology, Sociology, and Women’s & Gender Studies.

A B.A. in Human Development will help prepare students for professional, managerial, service, and educational careers in human development and human services serving infants, children, adolescents, families, and elders. The degree in Human Development will also complement students' preparation for graduate studies in traditional fields such as psychology, sociology, anthropology, or human development.

Learning Goals for the Human Development Program