Human Development is an interdisciplinary program that integrates theory and methodology from disciplines such as anthropology, biology, linguistics, psychology, and sociology. Students majoring in Human Development explore the processes and mechanisms underlying developmental change and stability across the lifespan, and the sociocultural and historical contexts in which development takes place. The program's curriculum equips students with basic understanding of major research findings and core concepts in human development, the ability to critically analyze and evaluate theoretical and practical issues in the field, and the skills to apply their learning to diverse communities outside the university. The program strives to create an optimal learning community which values and fosters mutual learning and dialogue between and among students and faculty from diverse backgrounds.
The Mission of California State University, East Bay's Women's Studies Program is to provide undergraduate students minoring in Women's Studies with a culturally sensitive introduction to the research, literature, and methodologies of gender/Women's Studies within, social, and economic perspectives, taught by an interdisciplinary diverse faculty committed to the Program Outcomes, in order to achieve a basic understanding of local, regional, national, and global power relations and how those relationships affect issues of gender/women contemporarily and historically.