Department & Faculty Information
Human Development (B.A.) 180 units
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:
- Demonstrate core knowledge in biological, psychological, and social aspects of human development;
- Demonstrate critical thinking ability to identify similarities, differences, and connections among human development perspectives;
- 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;
- Access information, design and carry out individual and group research projects, and present them clearly, logically and persuasively;
- Show ability to understand themselves reflectively and others empathetically and apply these skills to both academic and nonacademic contexts.
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 chapter of the catalog) 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.) 80 units
Standard Degree Program
The B.A. degree in Human Development requires a total of 180 units.
- The core major consists of 60 units;
- the Adolescent Development Option consists of 20 units;
- the Adult Development and Gerontology Option consists of 20 units.
- the Childhood Development Option consists of 20 units;
- the Early Childhood Development Option consists of 20 units;
- the Women’s Development Option consists of 20 units.
- GE/USHG/UWS consists of 84 units (some courses may double-count units - see your advisor).
- Free Electives (if any) will make up the remainder units to reach 180 minimum total units (see your advisor).
Online Degree Program
The Online Human Development Degree Program is for students entering their third year status and is identical to the existing Human Development Program, with the exception that the degree is attained entirely online. Students participating in the Online Degree Program may choose from three options: Early Childhood Development, Adult Development and Gerontology, and Women’s Development.
The online major consists of 80 units; the B.A. degree requires a total of 180 units, which includes 12-units of lower-division from among three different categories.
Lower Division (12 units)
Select three 4-unit courses from the following categories, with no more than one course from each category.
- Anthropology (cultural or social)
- Human biology or physical anthropology
- Human or child development
- Ethnic or area studies
- Additional categories (e.g., statistics, gerontology, developmental disabilities) may be approved by the department
Students intending to pursue an online degree will choose 12-units of lower division courses from among three different categories; consult with a Department advisor for direction.
Upper Division (48 units)
Upper Division Standing required prior to taking courses. Please contact your advisor.
To complete the major unit requirements students must choose one (1) of the following options:
- Human Development, Adolescent Development Option, B.A.
- Human Development, Adult Development and Gerontology Option, B.A.
- Human Development, Childhood Development Option, B.A.
- Human Development, Early Childhood Development Option, B.A.
- Human Development, Women’s Development Option, B.A.
Online Degree Programs
The Online Human Development Degree Program is for students entering their third year status and is identical to the existing Human Development Program, with the exception that the degree is attained entirely online.
Early Childhood Development Option (20 units)
The Early Childhood Development Option covers the years from birth to age 5. It consists of 20 units of required and elective courses that focus on infancy to preschool years from biological, psychological, and social perspectives.
Other Undergraduate Degree Requirements
In addition to major requirements, every student must also complete the University requirements for graduation which are described in the Undergraduate Admission and Degree Information & FAQ 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.