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Interested in Working with People, Communities or Organizations?

Consider a bachelor's degree in human development

The Human Development Department in Binghamton University's College of Community and Public Affairs offers a bachelor of science degree in human development for students interested in careers working with people, communities and organizations to solve complex social problems such as poverty, drug and alcohol abuse, victimization, equity and justice.

The Human Development Department offers:

  • a flexible curriculum that allows you to design a plan of study that meets your educational objectives
  • cooperative learning experiences
  • internship opportunities in local community agencies 
  • an emphasis on application of theory into practice
  • career orientation in public and private sectors and in human service agencies
  • independent-study opportunities for learning experiences not available in the classroom
  • a flexible transfer credit policy that allows maximization of transfer credit
  • faculty who have professional work experience in their field of expertise
  • faculty who are nationally recognized for their research
  • faculty and staff who are student-centered and helpful to students with unique needs
  • peer advising from a core group of upperclassmen


Human development students have the opportunity to work closely with faculty to conduct research that is making a difference in the local community, the nation and the world.

Here are a few highlights of HDEV faculty research; learn more on our faculty and staff webpage:

  • Myra Sabir, assistant professor, researches the life-changing effects of expressive writing for individuals dealing with issues such as unresolved experiences and depression
  • Leo Wilton, professor, researches health disparities and the impact of the AIDS epidemic in black communities
  • Lubna Chaudhry, associate professor and department chair, conducts fieldwork to understand the impact of armed conflict on children in Pakistan

Hands-on learning opportunities

HDEV students are required to take part in a practicum and may also choose to complete an internship or two! 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 a student to be hired after graduation by the organization with which they did their practicum or internship.

Advising and mentorship

HDEV faculty and staff work hard to cultivate opportunities to help maximize your success. All students receive personal, one-on-one professional academic advising in the selection of coursework. HDEV peer advisors — upperclassmen who are who are extensively trained to share their strategies for academic success — are another terrific resource available to you. In addition, the College of Community and Public Affairs has a professional career advisor who specializes in fields HDEV students are well-suited for.

After graduation

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, and for more information, visit our after you graduate webpage.

  • as case managers in human service agencies
  • in hospitals and long-term health care 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

Learn more

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Our Undergraduate Admissions office has compiled helpful information and step-by-step instructions for applying to Binghamton University. Because of that, we want you to visit the Undergraduate Admissions webpage if you are ready to apply.

Felony Statement

Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions. Students who have concerns about such matters are advised to contact the Department Chair of their intended academic program.

Last Updated: 3/1/18