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Bachelors in Human Development: Active Learning Across the Lifespan

Graduates of this human development program will have the tools to work in integrated, cross-generational settings, including family and community advocacy, as well as work with children, adolescents, adults or the elderly.

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2 years full-time or 4 years part-time

30-60 credits required for completion

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B.A. Human Development: Active Learning Across the Lifespan Concentration

The B.A. in Human Development degree program with a concentration in Active Learning Across the Lifespan is designed for students who wish to gain a more holistic perspective of human development. The coursework in this on-campus program focuses on different life phases and addresses learning issues across multiple life stages.

Bachelor’s degree in Human Development: Active Learning Across the Lifespan students pursuing the on-ground course of study may also have the opportunity to enroll in online courses. Credit for Learning from Experience option allows students to accelerate their progress toward a bachelor’s degree by receiving undergraduate credit for experience they have gained in the workplace.

Sample Courses

Play Across the Lifespan

This human development course is an exploration of play as a human adaptive function with a distinct development progression, beginning in infancy and extended throughout the lifespan. Varying in content and mode from culture to culture, emphasis will be placed on the ability to observe play across an age-range and to make use of these observations in planning for play-based opportunities. This includes recognizing the importance of the physical environment in setting up spaces for play that will engage participants in using the skills that are requisites for lifelong learning. Ways to support cultural expression and nonsexist play opportunities will be analyzed as part of the examination of the impact of anti-bias issues and diversity on one’s play. Although our focus begins with the early years, we will address the integrative and transformative function of play as it contributes to the lives of individuals across the lifespan.

Social and Political Contexts of Human Development

The diverse social, economic and political contexts of our society affect the socialization of the individual and his/her understanding of human development. A primary focus of this human development course will be the examination of attitudes and behaviors toward gender, socio-economic status, race/ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and privilege/entitlement, along with the historical and contemporary contexts within which specific theories of human development were created and perpetuated. Students will be challenged to examine these influences on their growth and perceptions of behaviors, define ethics within a context of societal power differentials and search for meaningful responses to address them.

Other B.A. Human Development Concentrations and Credentials


Admission Requirement

  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission and values of Pacific Oaks College
  • Associate’s degree or higher from a regionally-accredited institution in Child Development, Early Childhood Education, or a traditional academic (non-vocational) area of study or successful completion of 48 units from a regionally-accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 2.0. and meet the following course requirements:
    • Humanities and the Arts (9 units)
    • Science and Math (9 units)
    • Oral and Written Communication (9 units)
    • Minimum of 3 units in English Communications
    • Maximum of 3 units in Early Childhood Education Language Arts
    • Social Science (9 units)
    • Minimum of 3 units in Introductory Psychology
    • Minimum of 3 units in either Introductory Sociology or Cultural Anthropology
  • Completed application for admission
  • Application fee
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Personal statement