Department of Psychology
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Bachelor of Arts in Human Development

  • Child Development Track
  • School Age Track
  • Lifespan Track

Master of Arts

  • Child Development

The human development major is an interdisciplinary program of study of the processes and changes that characterize human development. The major provides an important advantage of promoting an holistic and interdisciplinary approach to human growth and development that no single discipline can offer. Course offerings are drawn primarily from human development, psychology, sociology and anthropology, with electives available from other departments.

Students selecting the Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development, with the study of human development and behavior as its major theme, typically choose careers related to working with people when they graduate, e.g., education, social services, counseling and guidance or in health delivery settings. The major also provides academic preparation for graduate-level training in related fields, including human or child development, family studies, psychology, social work, law, gerontology, human ecology, and education.

The following three tracks are available for students working toward a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development.

The Child Development Track is designed to provide students with a solid background in child growth and development, and includes the option of focusing on early childhood education. This track prepares students for occupations or professions that call for child development specialists, e.g., early childhood education, infant and toddler specialists, and other positions involving work with children and families. This track will also prepare students for graduate level training in related fields (e.g. a multiple subjects teaching credential). The Infant/Toddler Lab and CSUSB Children's Center are integral components of this track, and are used as observation and practicum sites for students. Students selecting this track may also earn Child Development Master Teacher and Site Supervisor Permits (i.e., early childhood teaching and administrative credentials).

The School Age Track is designed for students who plan to pursue an elementary teaching credential. This track is comprised of two components: 1) general education requirements, and 2) child development coursework designed to prepare students with a solid foundation in child growth and development. The latter includes coursework in child assessment, child guidance, developmentally-appropriate practices with children, cognitive development, individual differences in learning style, the value of play, parenting and family relations, and exceptional development.

The Lifespan Track is designed for students who wish to obtain a broad interdisciplinary background of human development and behavior across the life span. Because this track does emphasize adulthood and aging, this would be an ideal track for students pursuing work with late adulthood populations.

A dual-degree program in Psychology and Human Development is also available for students seeking a combined program of study. This program may be especially suited for students planning to pursue careers in working with children and families, adult services, and also for those planning on pursuing graduate study in child or developmental psychology, clinical or counseling psychology, child or human development, or social work. See the human development director for more information.

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