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Human Development Programs at Pacific Oaks

What is Human Development?

Human Development is the exploration of factors that contribute to the development of people throughout the lifespan. The goal of this study is to optimize factors that allow people to lead long, healthy, and fulfilling lives. By studying sociological, emotional, behavioral, biological, and psychological factors, human development students can learn to navigate the needs of individuals, groups, and organizations to positive and beneficial outcomes.

A field that encompasses a variety of disciplines—including biology, anthropology, history, genealogy, psychology, sociology, education, and religion—human development understands growth to be a multifaceted process that can elicit positive or negative change depending on the conditions in which they occur. Taking into account growth and development at various life stages, the field of human development examines a wide range of subjects—including public policy, health, education, law, business organization, wealth, and culture.

Interested in advancing your human development career? Pursue a degree in human development at Pacific Oaks.

Why choose a human development degree program at Pacific Oaks?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, fields related to human development —including social and community service managers, human resource management, and social work—are expected to grow faster than average.

Pacific Oaks’ human development graduate and undergraduate degree programs introduce the sociological, emotional, biological, and psychological factors that contribute to an individual’s development. Our unique perspective focuses on how culture and systems of oppression impact development.

Students will explore the implications those factors have on an individual’s skills and developmental milestones such as problem-solving, language acquisition, personality and identity formation, and social and emotional maturation. With an emphasis on confronting bias and injustice in all its forms, Pacific Oaks’ unique learning experience prepares  students to make a positive impact in the world. Students in the classroom help generate emergent curriculum and voice their unique perspective. Equipped with the shared experiences of classmates from diverse cultures, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds, our human development graduate and undergraduate degree program graduates are prepared to bring social justice, advocacy, and respect for diversity and individualism to a variety of careers focused on the development of both children and adults.

Human Development Careers

Graduates from human development graduate and undergraduate degree programs have found positions in various settings and fields, including for-profit, nonprofit, business, education, health care, and global organizations. Examples  include:

  • Organizational consultant
  • Human resources 
  • Executive coach
  • Child care
  • Social services
  • Instructor
  • Administration
  • Supervisor
  • Grassroots organizer
  • Community activist
  • Child welfare worker

Watch the B.A. Human Development Information Session Video

Watch the M.A. Human Development Information Session Video

During each of these recordings of information sessions on their respective Human Development Degrees, you’ll see how a B.A. or an M.A. in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College can help your career and provide you with real-world experience to demonstrate to current and future employers your ability to make a difference in the culture of organizations and communities. During these sessions participants heard examples of the types of fieldwork students have completed as well as answers to their questions from Dr. Carlene Fider, Core Faculty, School of Human Development.

B.A. in Human Development Degree at Pacific Oaks

The B.A. in Human Development degree program offered at Pacific Oaks College provides prospective students with the opportunity to pursue human development careers in a variety of fields. The B.A. is offered in both in-person and online capacities. Pursuit of the B.A. in Human Development degree at Pacific Oaks allows students to choose from a variety of human development concentrations. These include concentrations in Social Change Early Childhood Education and Development,and  Working with Adults. Within the B.A. in Human Development degree program, there is a place for prospective students looking to make an impact on their communities and achieve their human development career goals. 

M.A. in Human Development Degree at Pacific Oaks

The M.A. in Human Development degree program offered at Pacific Oaks College is perfect for students looking to expand upon their knowledge and expertise in the expansive field of Human Development. The M.A. Degree program is offered in both in-person and online capacities. Perfect for students looking to take that next step in their human development careers. From Leadership in Education and Human Services, to Ecological Perspectives, to Social Change—the M.A. in Human Development degree at Pacific Oaks College will help to advance your exciting career.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have additional questions about the human development graduate and undergraduate programs at Pacific Oaks, visit our FAQ page where our faculty and admissions team have provided answers to some commonly asked questions.