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Department of Human Development

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Department of Human Development
Johnson Tower 501

Chair and Professor, L. Hill; Professors, L. Parker, T. Power; Associate Professors, C. Blodgett, C. Bolkan, B. Boyd, M. Bumpus, M. Cleveland, M. K. Deen, M. Diversi, D. Handy, J. Lanigan, P. Pendry, K. Rodgers, Y. Sano, S. Smith, E. Soliday; Assistant Professors, C. Bletscher, B. Cooper, R. Cooper, H. Henning Yeager, K. Munholland, M. K. Patton, S. Perone, A. Salazar, S. Waters, R. Weaver, E. Weybright, A. Whitehall, D. Yost; Instructors, J. Hewa, L. Krupke, A. Lawrence, D. Nelson, J. Pittman, S. Rolerkite, T. Tachiera; Adjunct Instructors, T. Ashford, D. Bice, W. Ewest, V. Fischer, M. Garcia, S. Grant, N. Porter, S. Rusca, C. Seeley, A. Shepherd, T. White; Professors Emeriti, J. Dillman, S. Horton, J. McReynolds, K. Peterson, G. Tan, M. Tate, M. Wandschneider, M. Young.

Undergraduate Program

Students seeking a bachelor of arts degree in this department focus on human development across the lifespan as it occurs within the family, linked to a variety of contexts within communities. The program centers on understanding the complexity of physical, social, cognitive, and emotional development with an emphasis on development within the family. The curriculum examines human and family development across the lifespan (i.e., child, adolescent, younger and older adults). Opportunities are also available to become state certified as a family and consumer sciences teacher in junior high or senior high school.

In addition to the teaching certification, the department offers four certificates: early childhood education, adolescence, gerontology, and family studies. Students choosing these certificates are prepared to work in a wide range of careers working with children, adolescents, older adults, and/or families in a variety of professional settings. These may include positions in foster parent programs, adoption agencies, childcare or Head Start programs, teen centers, juvenile justice programs, nursing homes or other community-based programs for the elderly, and family services agencies.

Students completing a human development degree may complete a certified minor or approved certificate of study in another department. A minor or certificate of study should be selected in consultation with a human development advisor, preferably by the end of the third semester.

Student Learning Outcomes

We expect our graduating students will demonstrate: 1) an understanding of social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development across the lifespan in the family context; 2) an understanding of how contextual systems interact to influence family and individual development; 3) the ability to critically select, evaluate, and utilize information to understand and benefit individuals and families; 4) writing, listening, and speaking appropriate for human development related occupations; 5) application of human development knowledge and skills in professional settings.

Graduate School Preparation

The human development degree provides preparation for graduate work leading to teaching, research, counseling, or administrative positions in academia, social services, or family therapy.

Graduate Program

The department also administers an interdisciplinary doctoral program in Prevention Science.  Students in the program learn to develop, evaluate, and disseminate scientifically-based programs to promote the well-being of children, youth, and their families.  The program is offered in collaboration with the Colleges of Communication, Education, and Nursing, as well as WSU Extension.  Graduates are prepared for careers as faculty members, program evaluators, research analysts, and research associates to work in a range of settings including universities, research institutes, social service agencies, and consulting firms.

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