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Bachelor of Arts in Human Development

Human development majors prepare you for a variety of careers that improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities.
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In our multidisciplinary department, you will study how individuals grow and develop within a variety of settings. You will participate in experiential learning opportunities that include engaging classes, professional internships, and research collaborations. You will learn to work with people of all ages and from all walks of life as they develop skills to prevent and handle life challenges.

Program Options

Human Development majors will choose from the following focus areas:

Program Locations

The program is offered at WSU Pullman, WSU Vancouver, and online through Global Campus.

Why Choose Our Program

  • Our Expert Faculty bring a wealth of knowledge and real-world experience to the classroom.
  • Hands-on Experience through internships will ensure you’re well-prepared for the challenges and opportunities in your chosen field.
  • Community Engagement allows you to immerse yourself in community engagement projects, connecting theory with real-world applications and making a positive impact in the community.
  • Graduate Education Preparation is embedded in our program, which serves as an excellent foundation for graduate studies in fields related to lifespan development, human services, and prevention science.




Career Opportunities

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Human Services and Non-Profit
  • Family and Parenting Education
  • Disability Services
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Education (Pullman campus only)
  • Child and Family Advocacy
  • Teen Programs
  • Services for Older Adults
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Quick Facts

$56,000 Annually awarded in scholarships
1,000+ Internship locations
12:1 Student to faculty ratio

Research Opportunities

Undergraduate students can actively engage in faculty-led research labs or projects for academic credit, offering valuable experiences for those considering graduate school or positions where research experience is valuable. The hands-on research involvement not only enhances students’ skills but is also highly valued by potential employers. Our faculty members are actively engaged in diverse research projects involving children, young adults, senior citizens, families, and communities. Explore these opportunities to contribute to meaningful research while advancing your academic and professional goals.

Undergraduate Learning Goals and Outcomes

1.1 Demonstrate understanding of principles of human growth and development and conditions and processes that promote it across the lifespan.

1.2 Analyze theoretical perspectives to understand growth and development across the lifespan.

2.1 Students demonstrate an understanding of how specific contexts and processes (i.e., work setting, school, child care, communication/interaction, stress, divorce, marriage, community participation) influence family and individual development.

2.2 Analyze policies that support and influence individual, family, and community well-being.

3.1 Demonstrate an ability to select, analyze, and effectively use credible information on individuals and families.

3.2 Analyze and apply appropriate theories to issues related to individuals and families.

3.3 Demonstrate an understanding of research methods for systematically collecting, analyzing, and using data to inform decisions about individuals and families.

4.1 Students write clearly and effectively.

4.2 Students communicate ideas clearly and effectively in a formal presentation.

5.1 Students demonstrate professional behaviors, skills, and knowledge in proving family and community services.

5.2 Students demonstrate standards of professional ethics.

5.3 Students utilize communication strategies and skills to work effectively with others.