Human Development

Human development is an interdisciplinary program that integrates theory and methodology from anthropology, biology, linguistics, psychology, and sociology disciplines. The program explores the processes and mechanisms that underpin developmental change and stability throughout the lifespan, as well as the socio-cultural and historical contexts in which development takes place.

The Department of Human Development’s curriculum aims for students to develop a basic understanding of major research findings and core concepts in human development, the ability to analyze and evaluate theoretical and practical issues in the field, and the ability to apply their skills and learning to diverse communities.


We Offer:

These programs may be taken in hybrid or fully online modalities. They are also available as degree completion programs for students who have completed an approved ADT degree.


Your Future

Career Opportunities Include:

Admissions Counselor • Behavioral Health Clinician • Benefits Counselor • Child Life Specialist • Clinical Research Coordinator • Crisis Center Specialist • Early Childhood Educator • Family Therapist • Human Resource Manager • Occupational Therapist • Peace Corps • Psychologist • School Counselor • Social Worker • Speech-Language Pathologist • Teacher (K-6, Adult Education) • Training Coordinator • Youth Services Specialist


Future Income:

Visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics to learn more about the outlook for your future career.


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Department of Human Development and Women's Studies

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Courses You Might Take

HDEV 301 - Theories of Human Development

A critical review of major theoretical approaches to human development from an interdisciplinary perspective.

HDEV 321 - Gender, Race & Class in Human Development

Examines the effects of race, class, and gender constructions on individuals’ lifespan development. Explores information related to social policies, interpersonal relationships, and individual experiences.

HDEV 380 - Lifespan Human Development

Interdisciplinary methodologies, such as integrating sociocultural and biological perspectives, are examined and applied to understanding the human lifespan in interpersonal contexts.

HDEV 423 - Child Language Development

Studies the development of a first language and the biological, linguistic, cognitive, and social factors involved. Covers the development of prelinguistic skills, semantics, syntax, discourse skills, and phonology.

HDEV 433 - Technologies, Media, and Adolescence

An examination of contemporary research, trends, and issues as they relate to adolescents’ use of media and technologies.

HDEV 453 - Sexual Orientations in Human Development

Theory and research in the development of gender identity, sexual orientation, sexuality, and love relationships. Examines relationships between sexual orientations and friendship networks, families, and community relations.

Contact Us

Department of Human Development and Women's Studies
  • California State University, East Bay
  • Meiklejohn Hall, MI 3069
  • Hayward, CA 94542