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Human Development Programs at Pacific Oaks

What is Human Development?

Human Development is the exploration of factors that contribute to the development of people throughout the lifespan.  The goal of this study is to optimize factors that allow people to lead long, healthy, and fulfilling lives. By studying sociological, emotional, behavioral, biological, and psychological factors, students of this field can learn to navigate the needs of individuals, groups, and organizations to positive and beneficial outcomes.

A field that encompasses a variety of disciplines—including Biology, Anthropology, History, Genealogy, Psychology, Sociology, Education, Religion, etc.—Human Development understands growth to be a multifaceted process that can elicit positive or negative change depending on the conditions in which they occur. Taking into account growth and development at various life stages, the field of Human Development examines a wide range of subjects—including public policy, health, education, law, business organization, wealth, and culture.

Why choose a Human Development degree at Pacific Oaks?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the projected growth for many of these fields—including Social and Community Service Managers, Human Resource Management, and Social Work—is expected to grow faster than average.

Pacific Oaks’ Human Development programs introduce the sociological, emotional, biological, and psychological factors that contribute to an individual’s development. Our unique perspective focuses on how culture and systems of oppression impact development.

Students will explore the implications those factors have on an individual’s skills and developmental milestones such as problem solving, language acquisition, personality and identity formation, and social and emotional maturation. With an emphasis on confronting bias and injustice in all its forms, Pacific Oaks unique learning experience focuses on preparing students to make a positive impact in the world. Students in the classroom help generate emergent curriculum and voice their unique perspective. Equipped with the shared experiences of classmates from diverse cultures, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds, our graduates are prepared to bring social justice, advocacy, and respect for diversity and individualism to a variety of careers focused on the development of both children and adults.

Careers in Human Development

Graduates from Human Development programs have found work in various industries, including for-profit, nonprofit, business, education, health care, and global organizations. Some roles include:

  • Organizational Consultant
  • Human Resources (HR)
  • Executive Coach
  • Child Care
  • Social Service
  • Instructor
  • Administration
  • Supervisor
  • Grassroots Organizers
  • Community Activists
  • Child Welfare Workers