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Human Development

Human development is the study of how children, young people, adults, and families develop, change, and face challenges throughout their life span.

Explore the Possibilities

Human development majors prepare you for a variety of careers that improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities.

In our multidisciplinary department you will study how individuals grow and develop within a variety of settings. You will participate in experiential learning opportunities that include engaging classes, professional internships, and research collaborations. You will learn to work with people of all ages and from all walks of life as they develop skills and handle life challenges.

The Human Development majors may choose from the following focus areas:

  • Lifespan Development
  • Child & Youth Development
  • Gerontology
  • Human Services
  • Prevention Science
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Family & Consumer Sciences Education
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Career Opportunities

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Human Services and Non-Profit
  • Family and Parenting Education
  • Disability Services
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Education (Pullman campus only)
  • Child and Family Advocacy
  • Teen Programs
  • Services for Older Adults
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Quick Facts

$56,000 Annually awarded in scholarships
1,000+ Internship locations
12:1 Student to faculty ratio

Major Requirements

Minimum Total Credits: 120 credits

Your program may include different courses. Consult with your advisor about the best combination and order of courses for you.

General Education Requirements: 40 credits

HD Core Requirements: 26–32 credits

  • HD 101: Human Development Across the Lifespan – 3 credits
  • HD 200: Introduction to the Field of Human Development – 2 credits
  • HD 204: Family Interactions – 3 credits
  • HD 220: Human Development Theories – 3 credits
  • HD 310: Research Methods – 3 credits
  • HD 350: Family Diversity – 3 credits
  • HD 410: Public Policy Issues in Human Development – 3 credits
  • HD 404, 445, or 497: Internship Preparation (depends on specialization) – 3 credits
  • HD 407, 446, or 498: Internships (depends on specialization – 3–9 credits

HD Option Requirements (depends on specialization): 9–12 credits

Electives Outside the Major (depends on specialization): 0–51 credits

The Human Development program provided exposure to a variety of tools to engage with children and families with diverse backgrounds and abilities. I am grateful for the amazing faculty that enhanced my lessons through shared experiences and ongoing support!

Eliesse Jakotich, Client Services Coordinator, Parkwood Clinic