About the Department

The Department of Human Development provides an undergraduate program that examines individual, social and structural aspects of human development. Students will engage in a critical exploration of frameworks and the ways in which individuals, families and communities are situated within them. Diversity is highly valued in this department that is committed to exploring issues of equity and social justice, and fostering the understanding of complex human conditions.

Our students are diverse in age, race, ethnicity, social class, gender, sexual orientation and physical ability and our courses emphasize collaborative education and inclusiveness to build trust and supportive relationships.

Our flexible curriculum encourages self-directed learning and our students are expected to:

  • think critically;
  • analyze social issues;
  • express themselves well verbally and in writing;
  • apply knowledge by linking theory and practice;
  • understand and use technology;
  • develop an understanding of self and others as situated in history and community;
  • develop an understanding for global-local issues and relations of power;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which oppression affects the process of development;
  • demonstrate knowledge, sensitivity and skill in working with diverse populations;
  • and engage in a critical analysis of the concept of human service in the sociocultural contexts.

Our graduates are employed in diverse and inclusive settings including social services, schools, child-care organizations, the criminal justice system, health-care agencies, mental health programs and community development organizations. Many of our undergraduates continue to graduate school in fields such as social work, higher education administration, speech pathology, school and community counseling, education, criminal justice and law.

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Contact us: adayton@binghamton.edu
Phone: (607) 777-2841
Fax: (607) 777-7587

Last Updated: 10/19/15