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Department of Human Development

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Department of Human Development
Johnson Tower 501

Chair and Associate Professor, M. Cleveland; Professors, M. Diversi, D. Handy, L. Hill, J. Lanigan, L. Parker, E. Soliday; Associate Professors, C. Bolkan, B. Boyd, M. Bumpus, B. Cooper, R. Cooper, P. Pendry, K. Rodgers, Y. Sano, A. Whitehall, E. Weybright; Assistant Professors, C. Bletscher, T. Burkhard, J. Duckworth, J. Hewa, M. K. Patton, S. Perone, S. Reisz, A. Salazar, S. Waters, R. Weaver; Instructors, L. Krupke, A. Lawrence, S. Rolerkite; Adjunct Instructors, T. Ashford, D. Bice, W. Ewest, M. Garcia, S. Grant, N. Kaivan, N. Porter, D. Rock, S. Rusca, C. Seeley, M. Strey; Professors Emeriti, M. K. Deen, J. Dillman, S. Horton, J. McReynolds, D. Nelson, K. Peterson, T. Power, G. Tan, M. Tate, M. Wandschneider, M. Young.

Undergraduate Program

In the Department of Human Development, students focus on how children, youth, adults, and families develop, change, and face challenges throughout the lifespan. The Department of Human Development is a multidisciplinary department devoted to understanding the nature of human development within the context of families, schools, and communities. Students completing a Human Development degree are well prepared for a wide range of careers working with children, adolescents, adults, and/or families in a variety of professional settings; many Human Development graduates are also well equipped to enter graduate school in a number of disciplines.

State certification as a family and consumer sciences teacher at the secondary level is available through Human Development. The department also offers four certificates: early childhood education, adolescence, gerontology, and family studies. 

Students completing a human development degree may complete a minor or approved certificate of study in another department. A minor or certificate of study should be selected in consultation with a human development advisor, preferably by the end of the third semester.

Student Learning Outcomes

We expect our graduating students will demonstrate: 1) an understanding of social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development across the lifespan in the family context; 2) an understanding of how contextual systems interact to influence family and individual development; 3) the ability to critically select, evaluate, and utilize information to understand and benefit individuals and families; 4) writing, listening, and speaking appropriate for human development related occupations; 5) application of human development knowledge and skills in professional settings.

Graduate School Preparation

The human development degree provides preparation for graduate work leading to teaching, research, counseling, or administrative positions in domains such as academia, social services, and counseling.

Graduate Program

The department also administers an interdisciplinary doctoral program in Prevention Science.  Students in the program learn to conduct basic research on risk and protective factors, and to develop, evaluate, and disseminate scientifically-based programs to promote the well-being of children, youth, and their families.  The program is offered in collaboration with the Colleges of Communication, Education, Medicine, and Nursing, as well as WSU Extension.  Graduates are prepared for careers as faculty members, program evaluators, research analysts, and research associates to work in a range of settings including universities, research institutes, social service agencies, and consulting firms.

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