Dec 01, 2021  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Human Development Major, B.A.

This interdisciplinary major in human development will provide students with a focus on the entire life span and in-depth knowledge about theory, research, and application in human development. Students will participate in field experience to make connections between theory, research, and practice. The major has five separate concentrations, serving the needs of students seeking early childhood education teacher non-licensure (early childhood education concentration) or elementary education non-licensure (elementary education concentration), students interested in gerontology or planning other careers working with children and adults (applied concentration and gerontology concentration), and students who wish to pursue graduate study (graduate school concentration).

Upon completion of a degree in Human Development at the Metropolitan State University of Denver, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the major theories, basic principles, current issues, and emerging concepts in the field. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of biological, cognitive, social, emotional, and contextual aspects of human development and the interrelations among them.
  • Demonstrate the ability to think critically about human development, including being able to identify similarities, differences, and connections among human development theories and perspectives.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the processes of cognitive development, including the development of logical and abstract thought, memory, mathematical understanding, scientific thinking, and literacy skills, and how those processes change over time.
  • Demonstrate the ability to relate theories and methodologies from human development to problems and issues in other disciplines, such as sociology, education, nutrition and health.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate knowledge of the field of human development both orally and in writing, the latter following the American Psychological Association guidelines.
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct independently a comprehensive literature review that critically evaluates an area of research in human development. Students will also be able to demonstrate an understanding of and the ability to apply knowledge of research methodology and statistics to the interpretation and evaluation of research.
  • Understand the ways in which culture and society (both national and global) impact development, including the roles of the family, the peer group, school, and the media. Students will also be able to discuss the roles of ethnicity, race, and gender and issues in social relationships such as aggression and cooperation.

Prepare for successful careers in their chosen concentration, as follows:

  • Graduate School concentration: Students take courses in statistics and research methods to help them prepare to enter a graduate program in human development, psychology, or a related field.
  • Applied concentration: Students take courses that are geared toward working with diverse populations of children and families to prepare them for working with social service agencies.
  • Gerontology concentration: Students' coursework is focused on understanding various issues related to aging to prepare them for careers in the gerontology field.
  • Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education concentrations: Students' coursework prepares them to work with children as a classroom teacher.

A grade of "D-" or better is required for each course in this program to count toward the bachelor's degree. Students should note that programs differ in the minimum grade required. Human Development majors must have a GPA of 2.0 in their major and an overall GPA of 2.0 to graduate.

Required Distribution:

In addition, students must choose one course from each category. NOTE: Each student must also select a concentration, and in the early childhood education, elementary education, and gerontology concentration, specific courses from the following categories are required (see concentrations below).  Please note that some of the courses have prerequisites (*).

Additional Requirements: 9

(dependent upon the track)

Total for the Major: 40-42

Students must choose one of the following five concentrations:

All students must have 15 upper-division hours in the major, and transfer students must complete at least 15 hours of the major at MSU Denver.

Graduate School Concentration

Common Core: 18

Required Distribution: 14-15

In Addition:

In addition, students must take

 ,  ,a and 3 credit hours from the following list of courses. Students may not use the same courses to count for the major, the minor, or General Studies.

Total for Major with Graduate School Concentration: 41-42


a Students may not count SOC 1010 for both the HD major and General Studies Level II.


Applied Concentration

Common Core: 18

Required Distribution: 14-15

Subtotal: 9

Total for Major with Applied Track: 40-44


Students who are interested in a particular area within the applied concentration (e.g., A particular age emphasis, cultural or family issues, problems of development) should see a human development advisor in the Department of Psychology for course selection.  It is permissible to select all electives from the same department.

Gerontology Concentration

Common Core: 18

Required Distribution as follows:

Developmental Foundations:

Developmental Breadth:

Subtotal: 15

In Addition:

In addition, students must take 9 credit hours from the following courses.  Students may not use the same courses to count for the major, the minor, or General Studies requirements.  Students in the Gerontology concentration may not have a Gerontology minor.

Subtotal: 9

Total for Major with Gerontology Concentration: 41-43

Early Childhood Education Concentration (Non-licensure)

Common Core: 18

Required Distribution as Follows:

Elementary Education Concentration (Non-licensure)

Common Core: 18

Required Distribution as follows: