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.

Accreditation

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.)

  • 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 credits required)
    • H_D 101 - Lifespan Development, 3 credits (required)
    • H_D 200 - Intro to HD, 2 credits (required)
    • H_D 204 - Family Systems, 3 credits (required)
    • H_D 205 - Dev. Effective Communication & Life Skills, 4 credits
    • H_D 220 - Human Development Theories (formerly 420), 3 credits (required)
  • Junior-level Developmental Courses:
    (choose 6 credits)
    • H_D 306 - Child Development (formerly 201/340), 3 credits
    • H_D 307 - Adolescent Development (formerly 408), 3 credits
    • H_D 308 - Adult Development (formerly 412), 3 credits
  • Junior-level Family Courses:
    (choose 6 credits)
    • H_D 300 - Child Maltreatment, 3 credits
    • H_D 301 - Family Stress and Coping, 3 credits
    • H_D 302 - Parent-Child Relationships, 3 credits
    • H_D 350 - Family Diversity, 3 credits (required)
    • H_D 360 - Death and Dying, 3 credits
  • Social and Human Service Programming:
    (choose 9 credits)
    • H_D 310 - Research Methods, 3 credits (required)
    • H_D 341 - Guidance in EC, 3 credits (required for ECE)
    • H_D 342 - Curriculum for EC Programs, 4 credits (required for ECE)
    • H_D 482 - Child Assessment & Evaluation, 3 credits, (required ECE)
    • H_D 497 - Professional Preparation, 3 credits (required)
  • Integrative Courses:
    (choose 6 credits)
    • H_D 403 - Families in Poverty, 3 credits (recommended CAPS)
    • H_D 405 - Gerontology, 3 credits
    • H_D 406 - Work and Family, 3 credits
    • H_D 410 - Policy Issues in HD, 3 credits (required)
    • H_D 487 - Special Topics, 1-3 credits
  • Culminating Experience:
    (select one)
    • H_D 446 - Practicum in EC Programs, 6 credits (required for ECE)
    • H_D 498 - Field Placement, 4-8 credits (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.

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



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