In the human development core, you’ll learn about biological, psychological, social and contextual processes and their influences on human development through courses such as child development, adolescent development, adult development or gerontology, data collection and developmental research methods.

Multidisciplinary courses in such topics as anthropology or sociology, the family or communication and counseling provide additional background from other social sciences. Through a personalized learning agreement, you can add three additional courses from different disciplines relevant to your personal educational and career goals.

Launch your career


Select two semester-long internships relevant to your career goals, and apply the academic material you’ve learned to working with people in a human-services role. Take courses to focus on the application of scientific method in program settings to better and more efficiently serve people using skills in program development and program evaluation.


Opportunities include

  • Child life specialist
  • Training and development specialist
  • Senior citizen center director
  • Victim witness case worker
  • Background investigator
  • Adoption counselor
  • Marriage and family counselor
  • School psychologist

Graduate studies may include

  • Psychology
  • Social work
  • Counseling
  • School counseling
  • Medicine
  • Law
  • Business

“I think that acceptance is something that we lack in society and it has led us to greater problems like bullying and wars. Having diverse areas of understanding or expertise can lead to acceptance and tolerance, and also make a student more valuable to a company or agency.”

— Alyssa O'Brien ’13