Degrees and Programs
Human Development, an interdisciplinary program that integrates theory and methodology from disciplines such as anthropology, biology, linguistics, psychology, and sociology, explores the processes and mechanisms underlying developmental change and stability across the lifespan, and the socio-cultural and historical contexts in which development takes place.
All Human Development majors are required to complete the Junior Foundation (HDEV 3101, 3102, 3103, 3201, 3202, & 3203) and Lifespan Survey courses (HDEV 3301, 3302, 3303, & 3304), which provide an introduction to the theories, research methods, and major research findings in the field of Human Development. Note that, except for 3304, the other 9 courses are offered only once a year (3101, 3201, & 3301 in fall; 3102, 3202, & 3302 in winter; and 3103, 3203, & 3303 in spring). In addition, HDEV 3201 and 3202 are prerequisites for HDEV 3203, which includes a service learning component.
During the senior year, Human Development majors focus their studies in a specific area. Students may choose one of the Department's five options: Early Childhood Development, Childhood Development, Adolescent Development, Adult Development and Gerontology, or Women's Development. In addition to taking five courses related to their chosen option, all seniors complete the Department's two capstone courses: Senior Research Seminar I (HDEV 4811), which is followed by Senior Research Seminar II (HDEV 4812). In HDEV 4811, students propose a research project based on a literature review; in HDEV 4812, students carry out their independent research projects. These advanced courses enable students to pursue a specialized research topic in depth.
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A minor in Human Development is also offered, and requires the completion of 24 units of 3000 or 4000 level courses with the prefix HDEV.
The Human Development program is deeply committed to educational access and offers a broad range of educational formats, including fully online classes, hybrid classes which combine an online component with face-to-face interaction, and face-to-face lecture/discussion and seminar classes. The Major is offered at both the Hayward Hills and Concord campuses. The program also offers its major through P.A.C.E. (Program for Accelerated College Education).
For more information about Women's Studies, please check the University Catalog.