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Summer: April 24, 2020
Fall: July 24, 2020

Class Begins

May 11, 2020 (Summer)
Aug. 24, 2020 (Fall)

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Arts
in Human Development

WSU College

College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Live Your Passion for Helping People

From a baby to an adolescent, from middle age to the golden years, human beings are always changing and developing. The question is, how can we help people develop in the best way possible and live up to their full potential? If helping people in this way is something you would like to make into your career, the exceptional faculty members of WSU’s online Human Development program are here to help you get there. 

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Why Major in Human Development?

Human development is the study of how children, young people, adults, and families develop, change, and face challenges throughout their life span. While studying human development, you will learn to work with people of all ages and from all walks of life as they develop skills and handle life challenges.

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What You’ll Learn

Students pursuing WSU’s bachelor’s degree in human development, offered entirely online, may also earn a certificate in early childhood education or gerontology (the early childhood education certificate is available for Washington state residents only). Our graduates are employed in a wide variety of careers, including positions with such programs as Head Start, child-care centers and preschools, social service agencies, juvenile justice, the YMCA and senior centers.

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WSU Human Development Online Degree Strengths

  • Gain a broad perspective on individual and family development by learning from professors who teach and research a wide range of disciplines and professional areas.
  • Develop skills for working in a variety of human service and educational settings and for graduate school.
  • Acquire a focus on physical, social, cognitive, and affective development with an emphasis on development within the family, school, community, and policy environments.
  • Apply your knowledge in real-world internships.
  • Learn from experienced and highly-qualified faculty members from WSU’s College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences. 

Program of Study

All courses are available online

University Requirements

All WSU undergraduates must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits of which 40 credits must be at the 300 – 400 level. Students must also complete the University Common Requirements (UCORE). These can generally be satisfied with a direct transfer degree. For a list of direct-transfer agreements, visit WSU’s Transferring an Associate Degree web page.

Certification Requirements

Students can certify as a human development major after taking 24 credits and earning at least a 2.35 GPA.

Introductory Courses

11 semester credits

  • H_D 101 [SSCI] – Human Development Across the Lifespan (required)
  • H_D 200 – Introduction to the Field of Human Development (2 cr) (required)
  • H_D 204 [SSCI] – Family Interactions (required)
  • H_D 205 [COMM] – Developing Effective Communication and Life Skills (4 cr)
  • H_D 220 – Human Development Theories (formerly 420) (required)

Junior-level Developmental Courses

Choose two courses (6 semester credits):

  • H_D 306 – Child Development (formerly 201/340)
  • H_D 307 – Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood (formerly 408)
  • H_D 308 – Adult Development (formerly 412)

Junior-level Family Courses

6 semester credits:

  • H_D 350 [DIVR] – Family Diversity (required)

Choose one course:

  • H_D 300 – Child Maltreatment
  • H_D 301 – Family Stress and Coping
  • H_D 302 – Parent-Child Relationships
  • H_D 350 [DIVR] – Family Diversity (required)
  • H_D 360 – Death and Dying

Social and Human Service Programming

9 semester credits:

  • H_D 310 [M] – Research Methods (required)
  • H_D 341 – Guidance in Early Childhood Programs (required for ECE certificate)
  • H_D 342 – Curriculum for Early Childhood Programs (4 cr) (required for ECE cert.)
  • H_D 482 – Child Assessment and Evaluation (required ECE cert.)
  • H_D 497 – Professional Preparation Seminar (required)

Integrative Courses

Choose 6 semester credits:

  • H_D 403 [CAPS] – Families in Poverty (recommended CAPS)
  • H_D 405 – Gerontology
  • H_D 406 – Work and Family
  • H_D 410 [M] – Public Policy Issues in Human Development (required)
  • H_D 487 – Special Topics in Human Development (1-3 cr)

Culminating Experience

Select one:

  • H_D 446 – Practicum in Early Childhood Programs (6 cr) (required for ECE cert.)
  • H_D 498 – Field Placement (4-8 cr) (required for most HD majors)

Graduation Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development requires a cumulative GPA of 2.6 or better. Of the 42 hours required for the major, a minimum of 21 must be taken in residence (via WSU Global Campus) at WSU.

Review the online WSU Catalog for additional information about specific degree requirements.

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