Courses Involved In Obtaining a Human Development Degree

A human development degree combines a variety of disciplines such as biology, psychology, anthropology, linguistics, and sociology as a means to better understand the lifespan and development of various types of people.  Entry level positions for this field typically require at least a bachelor’s degree. Those wishing to pursue a career in human development should earn a Bachelor’s of Arts in Human Development, a human development masters degree (a Master’s of Science in Human Development and Family Resources), or a Ph.D. in Human Development.

The bachelor’s degree in human development typically centers on learning strategies for working with children, adults, and elderly people.  There is a high concentration placed on working with families, as well as some individual development.  

The actual human development degree program coursework is comprised of learning to understand the often complex issues that people deal with throughout a lifetime.  This can include physical, family, cognitive, and social development.  These courses may include:

  • Relationships between parents and children;
  • Child assessment and evaluation;
  • Child abuse and neglect;
  • Gerontology;
  • Families and work;
  • Dying and death;
  • Early childhood development;
  • Human development applications and theories;
  • Counseling for families and individuals;
  • Families in financial distress.

About Pacific Oaks College

Pacific Oaks College is a nonprofit, accredited higher education institution offering bachelor's-completion, master's, and certificate programs in human development, counseling, education, early childhood education, and teacher credentialing. The school offers classes at its main campus in Pasadena and at a number of convenient instructional sites throughout California, as well as online.

Founded nearly 70 years ago by a small group of Quaker families, Pacific Oaks College has remained dedicated to the fundamental Quaker principles of inclusion, social justice, and the valuing of every human being.