Human Development

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Human Development Studies (HD) provides relevant and rigorous theoretical and experiential preparations for students interested in advocacy, community-service, and the helping-professions generally. Students pursue courses and internships that provide perspectives on human needs and potential while encouraging personal growth and increasingly sophisticated communication skills. They develop self-awareness and a respect for both human and non-human worlds that fosters integration of the cognitive, emotional, behavioral, social, and spiritual aspects of the human personality with an understanding of systems perspectives. This kind of integration often requires a shift in attention beyond modern Western views of human nature.

Human Development Degree Specializations

Although each student is free to design an individualized degree program, many students opt for one of these popular learning paths:

• Counseling Psychology
• Ecopsychology
• Equine-Assisted Mental Health
• Holistic Health
• Human Services
• Psychology
• Therapeutic Use of Adventure Education
• Women’s Studies

Skills & Careers

Skills developed in this study area include interpersonal communication (oral and written), leadership, advocacy, organizational planning and management, systems management, and data analysis. With these skills, Human Development Studies graduates can flourish in a variety of public and private career settings that do not require licensure, as well as in graduate programs that lead to licensure.

An undergraduate degree in the Human Development study area may be sufficient for these type of professional positions: home visitor for a social service agency; trainer for non-profit agency; para-professional in community agency; human resource manager; child development specialist; administrative staff member in a public health center; wellness educator; admissions counselor, financial aid counselor or administrative staff at a college; staff member at private philanthropic organization; facilitator/planner in public or private business setting;  law enforcement staff; wilderness guide/educator; parent educator;  staff within community equine-assisted, wilderness, youth, and/or arts programs. In many states, advanced degrees or post-graduate certifications are required to practice the therapeutic arts.

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