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2020-2021 Cal State East Bay Catalog 
2020-2021 Cal State East Bay Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Human Development, B.A.: Women’s Development Concentration (Online)

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Human Development, B.A. Program (120 units)

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.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with a B.A. in Human Development from California State University, East Bay will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate core knowledge in biological, psychological, and socio-cultural aspects of human development.
  2. Model critical thinking ability by summarizing, comparing, synthesizing, and critiquing interdisciplinary human development perspectives.
  3. Assess information; design and conduct individual and/or group research projects, and present them clearly, logically, and persuasively.
  4. Identify and evaluate problems by applying human development knowledge in diverse contexts; and
  5. Infer the ability to understand themselves reflectively and others empathetically.

Program Roadmaps

These program roadmaps represent recommended pathways through the program. Please see an advisor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs.

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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 • 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 Concentrations: Early Childhood Development, Childhood Development, Adolescent Development, Adult Development and Gerontology, or Women’s Development.
  • Minor in Human Development and Minor in Women’s Studies (please see Women’s Studies Minor) are also offered.
  • 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 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.

Degree Requirements Unit-Outline

  • A baccalaureate of arts degree requires a total of 120 units:
    • The major requirements consists of 53-55 units;
    • General Education (GE) & Graduation Requirements (GR) consists of 57 units;
    • Free Electives may consist of 8-10 units (actual number of free elective units may depend on GE/GR units).

Note: It may be possible to double-count units within the graduation requirements or that a course may satisfy both a graduation requirement and a major requirement. Students should contact their program and AACE advisors for information.

Human Development Major Requirements (53-55 units)

Lower Division Core

Select three (3) courses for 9 units from the following categories, with no more than one course from each category (each course must be a minimum of 3-units each):

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

Senior Capstone Requirement

The following 4-unit course is required as the senior capstone:

Women’s Development Concentration

The following course is required for 4 units:

Other Undergraduate Degree Requirements

In addition to major requirements, every student must also complete the University’s baccalaureate requirements for graduation, which are described in the Requirements, Exams & Testing  chapter of this catalog. 

Department Courses Listed by Course Type

Human Development and Women’s Studies Courses

Department of Human Development and Women’s Studies

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Human Development

Women’s Studies