Washington State University Vancouver

Department of Human Development
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The Department of Human Development at Washington State University is a multidisciplinary department devoted to understanding the nature of human development across the lifespan. Through our teaching, research, and outreach programs, we promote the healthy development of children, adults, and their families in the state of Washington and throughout the nation. We offer B.A. degrees and a Ph.D. degree in Prevention Science at the Vancouver and the Pullman campuses, as well as a B.A. in Human Development via distance. Members of our faculty are involved in a range of research projects on children and their families and in outreach activities through our youth and family extension programs. We run preschool programs on both the Pullman and Vancouver campuses. All undergraduate human development majors complete an internship to help prepare them for a career in the field. Our graduates are employed in a variety of educational and social services settings throughout the U.S.

Program Overview
Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Older Adults (Gerontology) - Undergraduate
Department Address

14204 NE Salmon Creek Avenue
Vancouver, WA 98686-9600
United States

Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Human Development
  • Human Development (Minor)
  • Gerontology (Minor)
  • Certificate in Gerentology
  • Certificate in Human Services Case Management and Administration
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Family Interaction
  • Human Development Research Approaches
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Adolescent Development
  • Diversity in Contemporary Families
  • Perspectives in Human Services
  • Public Policy Issues Impacting Families and Individuals
  • Adult Development and Learning
  • Human Development Theories
  • Internship
  • Field Placement
  • Practicum in Early Childhood Programs
  • Human Development Across the Life Span
  • Communication in Human Relations
  • Child Maltreatment
  • Families in Crisis
  • Parent-Child Relationships
  • Gerontology
  • Resource Management and Problem Solving
  • Principles of Community Development
  • Curriculum for Early Childhood Programs
  • Death and Dying
  • Families in Poverty
  • Work and Family
  • Advanced Adolescent Development
  • Professional Skills for Working with Individuals and Families
  • Seminar in Early Childhood Education
  • Child Assessment and Evaluation
  • Participation in Human Development Research
  • Special Topics in Human Development
  • Special Problems
Undergrad Comments

The Bachelor of Arts in Human Development degree program focuses on understanding the complexity of physical, social, cognitive, and affective individual development with emphasis on development within the family context. Students pursuing this degree prepare to work with children, adolescents, parents, or older adults across a wide array of career possibilities, including employment in both public agencies and private businesses. Refer to the Course Summary for a complete list of classes and links to the syllabus and instructor for each.

Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Prevention Science
Doctoral Level
Doctoral Program Options
  • Prevention Science
CFLE Information

NCFR recognizes schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with course work that follows the Standards and Criteria required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). NCFR approval allows the school to offer their graduates the opportunity to apply for Provisional Certification using the Abbreviated Application process. The CFLE Checklist represents the courses that meet the CFLE criteria at that school. Students must complete all the courses on a checklist in order to qualify to apply for the CFLE designation through the Abbreviated Application process.