Bachelor of Arts in Human Development, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences

Human Development is 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

The curriculum for the online degree examines human development theories and its social, cultural, physical and emotional dimensions. In addition, students will study lifespan concepts and developmental issues concerning children, adolescents, adults, gender, and aging populations.

Students graduating with a B.A. in Human Development from Cal State East Bay will:

  • demonstrate core knowledge in biological, behavioral/mental, and contextual aspects of human development.
  • demonstrate critical thinking ability to identify similarities, differences, and connections among human development perspectives.
  • show ability to reflect critically about new and diverse human development situations outside the university context and apply problem-solving skills to these situations.
  • show ability to access knowledge, design and carry out individual and group research projects, and present them clearly, logically and persuasively.
  • show ability to understand themselves reflectively and others empathetically and apply these skills to both academic and nonacademic contexts.

The online BA in Human Development degree offers three options:

  • Adult Development and Gerontology
    The Adult Development and Gerontology option consists of 20 units of required and elective courses that focus on early, middle, and late adulthood. By choosing from the elective courses, students may decide to focus on adulthood, or aging, or both.
  • Women’s Development
    The Women’s Development option consists of 20 units of required and elective courses, which focus on women’s social, psychological, cultural, and biological development.
  • Early Childhood Development
    The Early Childhood Development option consists of 20 units of required and elective courses that focus on the years from birth to age five.

Contact Information

Department of Human Development
College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences
California State University, East Bay
Meiklejohn Hall 3069
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd.
Hayward, CA 94542-3095
Keri O'Neal, Department Chair
Contact: Danielle Lowen, Admin Support Coordinator
Tel: 510.885.3076
Fax: 510.885.3071

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