Human Development Minor

The Human Development Minor focuses on developmental change and processes in infants, children, adolescents and adults. You study psychological growth, cognitive development and complexity, emotional factors, and physical changes across the lifespan.

Through this minor, you gain subject matter expertise in developmental processes ranging from infancy through adulthood. In addition, you obtain practice in how to apply theoretical information to dynamic fields. The focus of instruction in the minor is on practical and applied content.

The minor can be substituted for the area of emphasis requirement for Liberal Studies majors. It also supports individuals interested in classroom teaching, preschool teaching, human services, social work, gerontology, geriatrics, probation and other related careers. In addition, the Human Development minor provides evidence of expertise for majors such as Psychology, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Collaborative Health and Human Services, Biology, and others. In addition to your major, the minor in Human Development is a marketing tool for students, demonstrating skills in understanding human growth and development.

Required Courses 

There are two pathways for the Human Development minor: one tailored for students in the Liberal Studies Major, and one tailored for students in other majors. Please follow the information listed below that corresponds to your appropriate pathway.

Liberal Studies Majors Pathway

Complete HDEV 260: Introduction to Child Development (4 units) or community college equivalent.

Complete three of the following courses:

Complete one of the following courses:

All Other Majors Pathway

Complete one of the following:

If you completed HDEV 360: Child Development (4 units) or HDEV 351: Lifespan Development: Transition and Change (4 units), complete two of the following courses. If you completed HDEV 260: Introduction to Child Development (4 units), complete three of the following courses:

Complete one of the following:

Learning Outcomes

Theories of Development

Students understand and utilize the major theories of human development and distinguish major psychological, cognitive, emotional, physical and environmental changes that take place over the lifespan.

Focused Developmental Application

Students refine theoretical understanding of developmental inquiry to a specific phase in the lifespan, and explore the influences of race, gender, ethnicity, culture, personal history and socioeconomics on individual development.

Situated Environments of Development

Students contextualize developmental issues within a cross-disciplinary and macro-level framework.