College of Agricultural, Human, & Natural Resource Sciences

Department of Human Development

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Human Development is a multidisciplinary department devoted to understanding the nature of human development across the lifespan. Through our teaching, research, and outreach programs, we promote the healthy development of children, adults, and their families in the state of Washington and throughout the nation.

Human Development Program

Human development is the study of how children, youth, adults, and families develop, change, and face challenges throughout the life span (childhood, adolescence, adulthood). A degree in human development prepares for a successful career in a variety of human services and/or educational settings.

WSU offers undergraduate and graduate degrees at the Pullman campus, as well as an undergraduate degree at WSU Vancouver, and online.

For more information, visit our Overview Page.

Program Strengths

  • Mission | Acquire a focus on physical, social, cognitive, and emotional development with an emphasis on development within the family.

  • Majors | Gain a broad perspective on individual and family development through faculty from a range of disciplines and professional areas.

  • Internships | Complete an internship that provides valuable experiences for securing employment in their field of interest.

  • Child Development Program | Experience working with young children in WSU's newly renovated Children's Center..

  • Certification | You can become state certified as a family and consumer sciences teacher in junior or senior high school.

  • Careers | Develop skills for working in a variety of human service and educational settings.

  • Career Video | Human Development graduate explains the Early Childhood program (available through WSU Pullman and WSU Online):

  • Click to view Early Childhood Graduate Video

Online Human Development Program

  • Application information | WSU Students can earn a human development degree or certificate completely online.
  • Earn ECE certificate online | Online students can earn a certificate in Early Childhood Education as part of the WSU Human Development Bachelor of Arts program. The ECE certificate prepares students for careers in institutions and settings that focus on young children.
  • Earn Gerontology certificate online | The Gerontology Certificate provides the knowledge and skills to help improve the quality of life for older adults. The certificate is ideal for professionals currently working with older adults who desire additional knowledge and skills and those who are interested in joining this diverse field. The certificate is also ideal for students pursuing a degree in human development who would like to specialize in gerontology.
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Offered @ WSU:

Bachelor of Arts in Human Dev
Doctoral Degree in Prevention Science

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BA in Pullman, Vancouver, and Online
PhD in Pullman, Vancouver, and Spokane

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