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Catalog 2019-2020 
Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Human Development, Minor

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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

Please note: Twelve of the units taken to complete a minor (6 of which are upper division) may not be used in fulfillment of other minors, concentrations, or major requirements.


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

All Other Majors Pathway

Learning Outcomes

Theories of Development

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

Focused Developmental Application

Students refine theoretical understandings of developmental inquiry to a specific phase in the lifespan, context of development, or concepts and issues in family science.

Situated Environments of Development

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

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