Degrees and Programs

Human Development

Human Development draws upon many different disciplines, including psychology, human biology and anthropology, in an effort to understand human experience and behavior. You develop an understanding of the theories of human development as you:

  • explore the experience, growth and behavior of human beings
  • study patterns of development in the various stages of life — infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood and aging
  • analyze individual, group and cultural similarities and differences
  • consider health and mental health issues in society

Your studies will help you develop competence in research methods, observation and analysis, recording and interpreting data, and examining and communicating ideas.

Popular Concentrations in Human Development

  • anthropology
  • child development
  • gender studies
  • gerontology
  • psychology

Please note: A psychology concentration is expected to meet the rigors of the discipline, including methodology and specific studies.

Why choose a degree in Human Development?

Students commonly pursue this area of study in order to:

  • advance their current career
  • prepare for graduate school in such fields as psychology and counseling, school psychology and social work
  • enter a new field of work

Sample Degree Programs

SUNY Empire State College students work closely with their mentors to design their own degree programs.

These sample degree program plans illustrate the degree program format and provide examples of some different types of individualized degree programs.