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Degrees and Programs

Beginning in Fall 2018, California State University, East Bay will be switching from the quarter to the semester system. Under the semester system, Human Development majors will take a single senior research seminar course, instead of the two-course senior research seminar sequence that was required on the quarter system. Students who will be taking a mix of quarter and semester courses should contact a department faculty advisor for major advising.

Human Development

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.

See more details about courses required for the Human Development major.

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).

Women's Studies

Mission Statement

Women’s Studies explores theoretical and empirical approaches to the study of gender across a range of contexts. Courses connect academic work with the social and political world outside the university, educate our students about a range of social issues and problems that relate to sexism, racism, classism, heterosexism, and ethnocentrism; and link knowledge, research, teaching, and social activism. We engage students in the study of gender and the intersection of gender with other substantive categories of analysis and identity, including race, sexuality, class, disability, and nationality. We promote responsible citizenship in a diverse local and global environment. We empower students to think more critically about social, cultural, and institutional structures, policies and practices.

Program Description

Undergraduate courses in Women’s Studies ensure that students receive an interdisciplinary education that bridges theory and practice, and focuses on the intersections of gender, race, class, sexuality, and nationality in all areas of research.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Graduates will be able to understand feminist theoretical and methodological perspectives on culture and society.
  • Graduates will have the analytic competency to critique social inequalities founded on the intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and nation.
  • Graduates will be able to critically reflect upon their own lives from a feminist perspective.
  • Graduates will comprehend the challenges of dismantling sexism and other oppressive beliefs, and will become leaders in work for social justice.

For more information about Women's Studies, please check the Department of Human Development and Women's Studies Catalog.

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