The Human Development Program is organized around a multi-faceted concept of development in which the study of the human being is approached from different viewpoints, each of which emphasizes a different aspect of development.

Human Development Program

Are you interested in understanding human behavior, in learning how people relate to one another and about how to make a difference in their lives? Then consider majoring in Human Development. As an HDP major, you will learn about how individuals develop and change from birth to old age, how families and communities influence these processes, and how to apply this knowledge in order to develop, implement and evaluate interventions designed to improve people’s lives.

The HDP major provides a foundation for students interested in working in human services with many different types of people—from infants to the elderly—and in many different settings from public and non-profit agencies to business and government. We prepare students to become leaders in human services, to develop new models for preventing and treating social and mental health problems and to become advocates for new social programs and policies. The HDP major is also excellent preparation for graduate school in the social, behavioral, and health sciences or for advanced professional training in clinical and counseling psychology, marriage and family therapy, social work, law, business, medicine and other health professions.


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