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HDS 193 – Advanced Research in Human Development

HDS 193 is a 4 unit independent research course that may be used to satisfy a requirement for the Human Developmental Sciences major. It is similar to a 199 course in that it provides students with an opportunity to conduct an independent research project under the guidance of a faculty instructor, however it differs in that it allows students to earn a letter grade for their work and to fulfill one of the HDS major requirements. Enrollment in this course provides students with the opportunity to gain research experience, form a relationship with a faculty member, enhance knowledge in a field of interest and build valuable skills that will be a great asset to a graduate school application or resume. It also gives the student a valuable opportunity to tailor a project that is specific to their education and/or career goals.


  • Declared HDS Major.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8.
  • Minimum 90 cumulative units completed.
  • Completion of 3 HDS core courses and 1 methods course.
  • Completion of HDS 193 Application.
  • For specific projects: 2 page research proposal (consult an HDS advisor for details)
  • Must be taken for a letter grade.

HDS Major Requirements Fulfilled:

  • Bachelor of Science: HDS 193 can satisfy the methods elective (dependent on the content of the research project).
  • Bachelor of Arts: HDS 193 may satisfy one development elective requirement (dependent on the content of the research project).

Application Process:

  1. Identify a faculty instructor.
    • When meeting with potential faculty instructors, it is important to discuss the nature of the project, frequency of contact, prerequisite knowledge needed, and the means of evaluation with the faculty instructor prior to enrollment in this course.
  2. Complete the HDS 193 Application.
  3. Complete research proposal (if required for you project. see guidelines below).
  4. Submit completed application and research proposal to the Human Developmental Sciences Student Affairs Office (AP&M 5320) for review by the Department Chair.
  5. Students will be notified of approval and given further instructions on enrollment processes.

Research Proposal Guidelines:

  • 2 pages
  • Must describe and justify the research project
  • A complete proposal should include the following areas:
    • An introduction of the research topic with a proposed research question and an explanation of the significance of the project.
    • A brief survey of current literature on the topic.
    • A tentative outline of subjects and methods that might be used.
    • A preliminary reference list.

Note: Students must schedule an appointment with an HDS advisor in order to discuss enrollment.