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Undergraduate Admissions

Human Development (BS, BA)

Program Overview

All undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Community and Public Affairs major in human development (HDEV). The program consists of 124 credit hours and leads to a bachelor of science degree in human development.

HDEV focuses on meeting the needs of and solving problems for individuals, families, communities and society at large. Courses, taught by experienced professors in a small-class environment, challenge you to think about what it means to "walk a mile in someone else's shoes," to learn to communicate with people from different backgrounds, to develop professional and organizational skills, and to explore opportunities to put your knowledge into practice.

Committed to exploring issues of equity and social justice, and fostering the understanding of complex human conditions, the Department of Human Development values diversity, inclusion and the promotion of positive human development within our rapidly changing global environment.

HDEV students can also minor in immigration studies which focuses on immigration trends and challenges from across the world.

Degrees Offered

  • BS in Human Development
  • BA in Human Development

Internships, research opportunities and more

While all HDEV students are required to take part in an internship as part of the Practicum in Human Development (HDEV 475) — the final course taken before graduation — students may also choose to perform additional internships or take part in other learning opportunities

From local human service agencies to schools, healthcare settings, government offices and Binghamton University offices, the learning opportunities are numerous and diverse. It is not uncommon for students to be hired after graduation by the organizations with which they did their practicums or internships.

These experiences give you a chance to take the knowledge you have gained in the classroom and apply it in meaningful ways on campus or beyond.

Our academic advisor and peer advisors can answer questions about degree planning, course registration, internships and more. They are also a great resource for information about other programs on campus.


Some courses to consider in your first year:

After You Graduate

HDEV is a pre-professional degree that prepares students to go directly into the workforce and provides a solid foundation for advanced degrees. You will find graduates in human development working in the following places: 

  • as case managers in human service agencies
  • in hospitals and long-term healthcare facilities
  • in university, college and community college settings
  • within the criminal justice system
  • with children and families in a variety of settings
  • in employee relations settings
  • in advocacy and public policy settings

For more information, visit our after you graduate webpage.

For more information, visit the Human Development department page.