Human Development


The goals of the Department of Human Development (HDEV) are to study maturation and development as lifelong processes, linking theory and methodology across disciplines, including anthropology, biology, psychology, and sociology, and to provide students with an understanding of development in the context of family, society, and culture. Students learn about the biological, cognitive, social, and emotional development of humans from conception to death, and faculty apply an interdisciplinary focus to both teaching and research. Strengths of HDEV include: 1) its international focus, which is integrated in both curricular content and study abroad classroom experience; and 2) the internship capstone course (HDEV 470: Practicum/Seminar), during which students gain real-world work experience through career-related internship placements that serve to scaffold the student’s transition from school to the workplace. Learn more about HDEV.

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Closures during Covid-19

The Department of Human Development is closed in order to protect the health and well-being of students, staff, and faculty as well as our local community that may come to campus as we work together to mitigate the spread of COVID-19/Coronavirus. If you have questions, you can contact: Wendy Lopez (, Administrative Support Coordinator or Dr. Karen Quintiliani (, Chair. We apologize for any inconvenience.