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2015-2016 CSU East Bay Catalog 
2015-2016 CSU East Bay Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Human Development, Childhood Development Option, B.A.

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Program Description

Human Development is an interdisciplinary program that integrates theory and methodology from disciplines such as anthropology, biology, linguistics, psychology, and sociology. The program explores the processes and mechanisms underlying developmental change and stability across the lifespan and the socio-cultural and historical contexts in which development takes place.

The Program’s curriculum aims to develop in students a basic understanding of major research findings and core concepts in human development, the ability to analyze and evaluate theoretical and practical issues in the field, and the skills to apply learning to diverse communities outside the University. The Program strives to create an optimal learning community that values and fosters collaborative learning and dialogue between and among students and faculty from diverse backgrounds.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with a B.A. in Human Development from will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate core knowledge in biological, psychological, and social aspects of human development;
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking ability to identify similarities, differences, and connections among human development perspectives;
  3. Thoughtfully reflect on the application of human development knowledge and skills to settings outside the university. Students should additionally be able to apply their knowledge and skills to new and diverse situations outside the university;
  4. Access information, design and carry out individual and group research projects, and present them clearly, logically and persuasively;
  5. Show ability to understand themselves reflectively and others empathetically and apply these skills to both academic and nonacademic contexts.

Career Opportunities

The interdisciplinary approach of the Human Development Program provides students with excellent preparation for graduate study in a wide range of disciplines, including anthropology, education, social work, sociology, medicine, public administration, law, criminal justice, psychology, and counseling. It also prepares students to work with people of all age groups from diverse racial, cultural, ethnic, socioeconomic, religious backgrounds, and sexual orientations. Students majoring in Human Development find a variety of career options in areas such as education, social work, health care, counseling, law and law enforcement, and human resource and organizational work in community or corporate settings.


Human Development faculty members come from a wide range of academic disciplines, including anthropology, biology, human development, linguistics, neuropsychology, psychology, and sociology.

Students select one of five Options: Early Childhood Development, Childhood Development, Adolescent Development, Adult Development and Gerontology, or Women’s Development.

Minors in Human Development and Women’s Studies (please see Women’s Studies Minor) are also offered.

Students have the opportunity to pursue internships that integrate academic learning and field experience, and promote the development of professional activities. Internships are graded Credit/No Credit only and may be repeated for credit.

As part of its commitment to educational access, the Program incorporates a broad range of educational formats, including online classes, hybrid classes that combine an online component with face-to-face interaction, and face-to-face lecture/discussion and seminar classes.

The major is offered at both the Hayward and Concord campuses.

The program also offers its major through P.A.C.E. (Program for Accelerated College Education). Please contact the P.A.C.E. office for further information.

Major Requirements (B.A.)

The major consists of 80 units; the B.A. degree in Human Development requires a total of 180 units.

I. Lower Division (12 units)

Select three 4-unit courses from the following categories, with no more than one course from each category.

  1. Anthropology (cultural or social)
  2. Psychology
  3. Sociology
  4. Human biology or physical anthropology
  5. Human or child development
  6. Ethnic or area studies
  7. Additional categories (e.g., statistics, gerontology, developmental disabilities) may be approved by the department

II. Upper Division (68 units)

C. Senior Option Courses (20 units)

(Prerequisite: Upper Division Standing)
Choose one of the following five Options:

D. Senior Capstone Courses (8 units)

(Prerequisite: Completion of all HDEV Junior Foundation Courses, plus 16 additional upper division HDEV units.)
(Students must enroll in two consecutive quarters for these two courses.) 

Childhood Development Option (20 units)

The Childhood Development Option covers the years from birth to age 12. It consists of 20 units of required and elective courses that focus on infancy to early adolescence from biological, psychological, and social perspectives.

Other Degree Requirements

In addition to major requirements, every student must also complete the University requirements for graduation which are described in the Baccalaureate Degree Requirements chapter in the front of this catalog. These include the General Education-Breadth requirements; the second composition (ENGL 1002 ) requirement; the cultural groups/women requirement; the performing arts/activities requirement; the U.S. history, U.S. Constitution, and California state and local government requirement; the University Writing Skills Requirement; and the residence, unit, and grade point average requirements.

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