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Bachelor of Science

Human Development

Program of Study

Core Courses

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Introduction to the Psychological Process of Schooling


Educational and Counseling Psychology Courses

  • Lifespan Development
  • Psychology, Cultural Diversity, and Social Justice
  • Understanding Research in Human Development
  • Introductory Statistics in Human Development


Field-Based Learning Experience

Participate in a community service project, complete a school or agency-based internship, contribute to research projects in the School of Education, or pursue independent studies that are aligned with your interests.


Concentration Courses

Five classes required for your chosen concentration.

Psychology or Sociology Elective

Choose one course from the following options:

Psychology: Social Psychology, Personality, Health Psychology, Childhood Behavior Disorders, Abnormal Psychology, The Psychology of Human Sexuality

Sociology: Sociology of Families, Sociology of Aging, Sociology of Race, Gender, and Class, Sociology of Sexualities


Human Development Elective

Choose one course from the following options:

Individual and Community Well-Being: Health Psychology, Promoting Healthy People and Communities, Supporting Individual and Community Change, Mass Media and Health Behavior, Introduction to Counseling Psychology 

Development and Behavior: Child and Adolescent Development, Introduction to Human Exceptionality, Childhood Behavior Disorders, Juvenile Justice Administration

Education and Culture: Social Foundations of Education, Foundations of Leadership in College and University Student Organizations, Study in Educational Psychology, Children's Literature, Critical Approaches to Gender and Sexuality in Literature

Sociology and Psychology: Sociology of Aging, Sociology of Sexualities, Abnormal Psychology, Personality, The Psychology of Human Sexuality


See the Undergraduate Bulletin for more information.

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Areas of Concentration
Counseling Psychology Concentration

Learn how to apply psychological counseling skills to help diverse individuals achieve mental health and well-being.

Required Courses: Personality, Principles of Career and Life Planning, Introduction to Counseling Psychology, Childhood Behavior Disorders or Abnormal Psychology, and one elective such as Introduction to Biopsychology and Behavioral Neuroscience.

Educational Psychology Concentration

Optimize student outcomes by studying learning sciences and assessment and by mastering research methods.

Required Courses: Instructional Psychology, Child and Adolescent Development, Evaluation, Social Issues in Testing, Independent Study in Educational Psychology or Research Project in Human Development.

Higher Education Concentration

Gain leadership skills to prepare for administrative jobs in universities and other post-secondary education institutions.

Required Courses: College: Past, Present, and Future, Leadership in Organizations, Social Foundations of Education, Leadership in Practice, Foundations of Leadership in College and University Student Organizations.

Peer Assistance and Leadership Concentration

Combine classroom study with community service and organizational leadership development opportunities.

Required Courses: Foundations of Peer Counseling and Peer Education, Peer Counseling and Peer Education: Theory and Practice (I, II, and II), and Peer Supervision or Theory and Practice in Peer Counseling and Peer Education or Foundations of Leadership in College and University Student Organizations.

Special Education Concentration

Study atypical development, accommodation for individuals with disabilities, equity law, inclusion, and universal design.

Required Courses: Instructional Psychology, Special Education for Students with Emotional and Behavioral Problems, Introduction to Human Exceptionality, Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders, Children's Literature or Young Adult Literature or Childhood Behavior Disorders.

Course requirements vary across concentrations.

Combined Master's Programs

Combined Master's in Educational Psychology and Methodology

If you're majoring in human development and plan to pursue doctoral studies in education and/or psychology, you may want to pursue the combined program that lets you finish your bachelor’s and master’s in only 4.5 years.

Graduate coursework in this program includes advanced instruction in educational psychology, learning sciences, assessment, research methods, and statistics.

Earning both degrees strengthens your applications for PhD study and prepares you for employment in research settings and human service agencies.

Combined Master's in Special Education and Literacy II

If you're a human development major concentrating in special education and minoring in psychology, sociology, or English, you can complete an advanced degree in special education and literacy within 6 years.

Practica and clinical internships are integrated into the graduate portion of the program. The master’s degree prepares you to pursue New York State certification as an elementary school teacher (grades 1 - 6), reading teacher (birth through grade 6), or special education teacher (grades 1 - 6).