School: Social and Behavioral Sciences
Degree Type: Bachelors Degree | Minor
Format: In-Person

Empower Others to Live Their Best Lives

Address the changing structures of contemporary society with a major or minor in Human Development. Gaining a deeper understanding of human development and how it is affected by cultural perspectives prepares you to empower infants, children, youth, adults, and seniors with the life skills necessary to live a comfortable life.

Courses focus on relationships and interactions through various cultural perspectives to improve people’s lives and prepare students for careers in:

• Child Care
• Church Ministry
• Counseling
• Graduate Studies in Social Sciences, Social Work & Human Services
• Public Policy

With a growing need for social services, the Human Development major explores human behavior to better understand the dynamics and demands that people experience throughout their lives.

Program Requirements
Student Learning Outcomes

Program Requirements

(In addition to Warner Pacific Core Studies Requirements)
Human Development Core Courses
(42 credits; 15 credits in residence)

      • HD 311  Prenatal through Early Childhood
      • HD 312  Mid-Child through Adolescent
      • HD 313  Adult Development, Aging and Dying
      • EDPSY 420  Learning Theory
      • SS 393 Research Methods and Applied Statistics
      • HD 314 Parenting through the Life Cycle
      • HD/HE 320 Human Sexualities
      • SOC/PS 345 Social Problems and Public Policy
      • PSY 392/492 Junior/Senior Internship
      • PSY 441 Stress, Crisis, Trauma & Self-Care
      • SOC/HIS 340 Race & Ethnic Relations
      • And human development electives

Student Learning Outcomes

      • Articulate the major theories of development.
      • Equally substantiate through research data two opposing positions on a contended issue in the field.
      • Compare favorably in job performance with other entry-level employees in positions applying human development training.
      • Synthesize concepts learned into a holistic view of persons and their interacting systems
      • Perceive the presentation of a Christian ethos in the implementation of their coursework.
      • Demonstrate knowledge of the developmental theorists and the normal development course of prenatal, infant,  early childhood, mid-childhood, adolescent  and adult developmental periods.
      • Carry out “hands on” learning and contextual networking in the field of human development.
      • Exhibit information literacy by applying appropriate internet and library resources in the development of research papers and presentations.


Dr. Courage Mudzongo
Dr. Courage Mudzongo
Assistant Professor of Psychology

Aundrea Snitker
Dr. Aundrea Snitker
Chair of Arts and Social and Behavioral Sciences

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