Human Development

Greetings from the Chair

Welcome to the 2021-2022 academic year! The arrival of COVID during the Spring 2020 semester created a new set of challenges for everyone at CSULB. I wish to thank all faculty, staff and students for adapting quickly to virtual classrooms and workplaces. Although we are not fully in person yet, the Department faculty are prepared to offer students interesting and timely courses. The Department staff are ready to assist you in navigating your major, minor, or other matters related to your academic plan.

Human Development is the only major that combines the disciplines of anthropology, psychology and sociology preparing you to have a holistic view of the human experience and the societal forces that shape who we are. For this reason, Human Development majors work in careers with children, adolescents, families, and elders in a variety of settings including healthcare, education, and human services. We know our majors are prepared for a career or graduate school because in HDEV courses you get real world experience and do an internship before you graduate. There are also opportunities to get involved in faculty research projects.

If you are wondering if Human Development is the major for you, check out the video below to hear from our students about why they are majors.

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Karen Quintiliani, Ph.D.

Your future starts here!


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.

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.