What will I learn?

The field of Human Development studies lifespan development within societal and cultural contexts. Accordingly, Human Development is interdisciplinary, examining development primarily from the perspectives of its component disciplines: Anthropology, Biology, Psychology and Sociology.

The department offers a B.A. in Human Development. The B.A. allows students to choose from a wide variety of HDEV Foundation Area courses. Careful selection of HDEV Foundation courses allows students to make significant progress in a minor or certificate while completing the major. In addition to academic training, students are taught to apply their knowledge through a semester Practicum.

The faculty of Human Development are active researchers, who regularly include interested students in their research programs. Students who are considering graduate school have the opportunity to work as research assistants on a variety of projects and can help present the findings of those projects at professional conferences. Research experience of this type enhances the likelihood that students will be accepted into a graduate program.

Career Possibilities

Elementary or Secondary School Teacher • Occupational Therapist • Physical Therapist • Parent Educator • Health Educator • Student Services • School Administration • Social Worker • Program Evaluator • Human Resources • Consumer Research • Health Administrator • Educational Counseling • Admissions or Academic Advising • Youth Program Specialist • Recreation Specialist • Community Organization Worker • Child Life Specialist • Training and Development Specialist • Senior Citizen Center Director • Gerontologist • Victim Witness Case Worker • Peace Corps Worker • Personnel Specialist • Teacher • Adoption Counselor • Marriage and Family Counselor • School Psychologist

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$17,142.00 per year
Costs of Attendance, based on 7+ units per semester enrollment
Application deadline

15 December 2021

Start date

20 January 2022, 22 August 2022


College of Liberal Arts

California State University, Long Beach,

1250 Bellflower Blvd.,



90840, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A minimum GPA of 2.75 in all community college courses required for the Associate Degree in Nursing

For international students

Have graduated from high school, have earned a Certificate of General Education Development (GED) or have passed the California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE);

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Paper-based 500; Internet-based (iBT) 61

IELTS 5.5 each sub-section

Pearson Test of English 43

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.