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Department of Human Development

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Department of Human Development
McClaskey Building, Room 213

Academic Director: Yoshie Sano; Professors: C. Bolkan, M. Diversi; Associate Professors: C. Bletscher, A. Salazar, S. Waters; Assistant Professors: T. Burkhard, S. Reisz. Academic Coordinator: Adriana Thomas. Faculty Emeriti: J. Lanigan, J. McReynolds, K. Peterson, E. Soliday.


The Bachelor of Arts in Human Development degree program focuses on understanding the complexity of physical, social, cognitive, and affective individual development with emphasis on development within the family context. Students pursuing this degree prepare to work with children, adolescents, parents, or older adults across a wide array of career possibilities, including employment in non-profits, public agencies, and private businesses.

The undergraduate program in Human Development also prepares students for graduate work leading to teaching, research, counseling, or administrative positions in social service, resource management, occupational therapy, or pre-family therapy. Many human development graduates choose to pursue a Master's in Teaching degree for state elementary school certification or a Master's in Social Work to pursue careers in social and human services or a Ph.D. in Prevention Science, Human Development/Family Studies or other Social Sciences.


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