The human development major is an interdisciplinary program of study of the processes and changes that characterize human development. Two tracks are available for students working toward a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development: a Child Development Track (which includes an early childhood education option) and a Lifespan Track. Course offerings are drawn primarily from human development, psychology, sociology, anthropology and biology with electives available from other departments, including education. Consistent with the interdisciplinary field of life-span development, the major provides the important advantage of promoting a holistic approach to development that no single discipline can offer.
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 various fields relating to human development, such as psychology, social work, law, and education.