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Human Development

The Human Development major focuses on how people learn and develop over the course of their lives in the context of family, community, and culture. This discipline studies the physical, social, and cognitive areas of development from birth through old age. For example, researchers look at how children are affected when their parents are incarcerated or how close friendships change as we grow older. The field mixes principles of psychology, sociology, and health to study and improve people's daily life experiences. Graduates are prepared to work directly with children, adults, and families in health professions, agencies, and educational settings.

Career Options

  • Early childhood or elementary school teacher 
  • Special education educator 
  • Case manager 
  • Counselor or therapist 
  • Physical therapist 
  • Occupational therapist 
  • Social worker 
  • Community organizer 
  • Gerontologist 
  • School counselor 
  • Nonprofit administrator
  • Program coordinator 
  • Human resource professional

Interesting Fact: Our program is ranked 2nd among Human Development programs in the U.S.!