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Human Development


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.

What Human Development students learn

Through our rigorous curriculum and practical field experiences, HDEV students learn to:

  • think critically
  • analyze social issues
  • apply knowledge by linking theory and practice
  • 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 development
  • demonstrate knowledge, sensitivity and skill in working with diverse populations
  • engage in a critical analysis of the concept of human service in the socio-cultural contexts

Where a degree in HDEV can take you

Our graduates are employed in diverse and inclusive settings including social services, schools, child-care organizations, the criminal justice system, healthcare 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, school and community counseling, education, criminal justice and law. 

The CCPA Career and Professional Services Office and the Fleishman Career and Professional Development Center can help with career placement.

Last Updated: 7/16/18