This week we will be doing something not necessary with most majors – defining the major. So the question is what does it mean to major in Human Development?
If it’s hard for you to articulate what the discipline entails, don’t worry you are not alone.
2 little stories:
As I said, don’t feel badly if it’s hard to articulate what this discipline is all about.
So as a department, what do we consider Human Development?
In the simplest terms:
Human Development is the study of how people grow and change over the course of the lifespan.
In more complex terms Human Development and the Department of Human Development at CSUEB consists of the following:
Human Development is an interdisciplinary program that integrates theory and methodology from disciplines such as anthropology, biology, linguistics, psychology, and sociology. Students majoring in Human Development explore the processes and mechanisms underlying developmental change and stability across the lifespan, and the sociocultural and historical contexts in which development takes place.
The program’s curriculum equips students with basic understanding of major research findings and core concepts in human development, the ability to critically analyze and evaluate theoretical and practical issues in the field, and the skills to apply their learning to diverse communities outside the university. The program strives to create an optimal learning community which values and fosters mutual learning and dialogue between and among students and faculty from diverse backgrounds.
One of the most important aspects of Human Development is that it considers all the factors that impact development – this might also be called “a multi systems approach.”So if I’m studying a person I will look at individual traits, such as personality, but will also look at the home environment, the community in which she/he lives, the current historical time period, etc. Because to truly understand an individual you need to understand the world that surrounds that person.
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