Human Development BA

In the human development core, you’ll learn about biological, psychological, social and contextual processes and their influences on human development through courses such as child development, adolescent development, adult development or gerontology, data collection and developmental research methods.


Multidisciplinary courses in such topics as anthropology or sociology, the family or communication and counseling provide additional background from other social sciences. Through a personalized learning agreement, you can add three additional courses from different disciplines relevant to your personal educational and career goals.

Select two semester-long internships relevant to your career goals, and apply the academic material you’ve learned to working with people in a human-services role. Take courses to focus on the application of scientific method in program settings to better and more efficiently serve people using skills in program development and evaluation.


Bachelor of Arts


  • Knowledge and understanding of lifespan developmental theories and research
  • Critical analysis of issues and problems related to human development
  • Mastery of both quantitative and qualitative research methods, including experimental and quasi-experimental designs
  • Development of a program evaluation to show at job interviews, and becoming well prepared for any fields related to human services

Career Opportunities

  • Child life specialist
  • Training and development specialist
  • Senior citizen center director
  • Victim witness case worker
  • Background investigator
  • Adoption counselor
  • Marriage and family counselor
  • School psychologist

I gained a lot of experience in my field with my play therapy internship. It was very eye-opening to the world of therapeutic possibilities for children and other populations.

The faculty at Oswego have helped me thrive and find my niche within my future! Through my experiences, I have had several staff and faculty by my side to aid in my decisions and transition to graduate.

I've been fortunate enough to conduct my own research study. I've held the record of amount of participants this semester within the human development research methods class.

The human development department at Oswego is one of the most friendly. I have never had a professor in the department that was not enthusiastic and passionate about their work. I believe that passion is mirrored in the students in the department as well.

Program Resources


Apply the knowledge you learn in the classroom to research in the field and laboratory.

Rigorous program

Students complete 2 internships while in the Human Development program at Oswego. Multiple internships better prepare you for the workplace, while different internship sites expose you to different work culture and help you learn what you do and don't like to do.

Study Abroad

Take classes and participate in internships while immersing yourself in all that region has to offer.

Get Involved

There are many opportunities to get involved in the Human Development program outside of academic. Join the Psychology Club, volunteer for Adopt-A-Grandparent or empower students to speak openly about mental health through Active Minds.

Focus Forward Program

Through the Focus Forward Program undergraduate students are trained to mentor students in local school districts and can earn course credit while impacting their community and gaining valuable professional skills for your future career.

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