Human Development

WSU's online human development program is the study of individuals and families, and how they are linked to their communities and other social groups.

You will learn to work with people of all ages as they develop skills and handle life challenges.

Our graduates are employed in a variety of careers, including positions with such programs as Head Start, child-care centers and preschools, the YMCA and senior centers.

Students pursuing a bachelor's degree in human development may also earn a certificate in either gerontology or early childhood education. The early childhood education certificate is available for Washington state residents only.


Washington State University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. For more information, see the WSU Accreditation website.

Why WSU Global Campus?

WSU Global Campus fulfills WSU’s 1890 land-grant mission of expanding access to education. We use new technologies, but uphold old-school values, with courses taught by expert WSU faculty, academic advisors intent on your success, and a diploma backed by a long-established reputation for excellence.

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Program of Study
All courses are available online

All undergraduates must 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 Transfer Information Web page.)

Students must also fulfill the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences graduation requirements and the program requirements of the degree.

  • Certification Requirements:

    To be eligible to certify as a human development major, students must complete two lower-level foundation courses, or their transfer equivalents. Students may take these courses or their equivalent at a local community college or four-year institution prior to admission to WSU Global Campus, or they may be taken online during the first semester of enrollment at WSU:

    • H_D 201 - Human Development: Prenatal through Age 8
      H_D 340 - Development in Context
    • H_D 204 - Family Systems: Understanding Family Interaction
  • Required Courses:
    • H_D 202 - Middle Childhood through Adolescence
      H_D 408 - Advanced Adolescent Development
    • H_D 203 - Adulthood through the Older Years
      H_D 305 - Gerontology
    • H_D 310 - Research Approaches to Human Development
    • H_D 410 - Public Policy Issues Impacting Families and Individuals
    • H_D 420 - Application of Human Development Theories
    • H_D 497 - Professional Preparation for Internship *
    • H_D 498 - Field Placement/Professional Development Internship
  • Human Development Electives:
    (15 semester credits; select 5 courses)
    • H_D 300 - Child Abuse and Neglect
    • H_D 301 - Family Stress and Coping
    • H_D 302 - Parent-Child Relationships
    • H_D 305 - Gerontology
    • H_D 341 - Learning and Guidance in Early Childhood *
    • H_D 342 - Curriculum for Early Childhood Programs *
    • H_D 350 - Diversity in Contemporary Families
    • H_D 360 - Death and Dying
    • H_D 403 - Families in Poverty
    • H_D 406 - Work and Family
    • H_D 408 - Advanced Adolescent Development
    • H_D 464 - Administration of Early Childhood Programs *
    • H_D 482 - Child Assessment and Evaluation *
  • Graduation Requirements:

    The Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development requires a cumulative gpa of 2.5 or better and a C minimum grade in all H_D courses, including substitutions. Of the 42 hours required for the major, a minimum of 21 must be taken in residence (via WSU Global Campus) at WSU.

* Indicates a specialized course for the Early Childhood Education Certificate

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

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