Human Development & Human Services

With a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development & Human Services, you will examine how environmental factors both influence — and are influenced by — the individual. Various influences, such as relationships close to us (family members, friends and peers) as well as those that are more distant from us (culture, religion, government, and the media) affect individual development. Furthermore, individual characteristics, such as age, race, gender and social class, affect one’s experiences in these different domains. You will have opportunities to apply what you are learning in the classroom through a series of field experiences. These often include opportunities to shadow a professionals in the human-development and human-services sector.

With a degree in human development, you will be prepared to work in a wide range of human-service fields, including mental-health counseling, school and guidance counseling, speech and language pathology, youth services and child advocacy, and social work. Some examples of positions including working in community organizations such as the YMCA and the Boys and Girls Club, childcare and education centers and preschools, drug and alcohol treatment centers and hospitals, child and domestic-abuse centers, and human resources departments of large companies.

Before entering the work force, some students choose to pursue graduate studies in areas such as child life, social work, community engagement, counseling, speech and language pathology, K-12 education, higher education, psychology, business and law. Use the Career Insight tool below to see real-time labor market data on jobs in this field.


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