Human Development majors complete preparatory courses in anthropology, biology, genetics, physiology, psychology, and statistics. This coursework provides the foundation for depth subject matter, consisting of upper division Human Development and related courses. The upper division Human Development courses include the overview and lifespan series (HDE 100A,B,C), as well as many options for more advanced courses in biological, cognitive, and sociocultural domains of Human Development in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Students may opt to emphasize a given domain and/or lifespan phase within Human Development, in keeping with their academic and career interests.
Our unique Human Development Graduate Group (HDGG), with faculty members from many UC Davis departments, facilitates
an interdisciplinary approach to graduate training in Human Development. The HDGG offers an M.S. degree in Child Development and a Ph.D. in (lifespan) Human Development. Graduate coursework, research-training, internship, and teaching-related opportunities are available in multiple phases of the lifespan (infancy and early childhood; middle childhood and adolescence; adulthood and aging), as well as multiple domains of development (biological; cognitive; social-emotional; family, culture, and society).
The Center for Child and Family Studies (CCFS) is part of the Human Development and Family Studies unit, and includes the Early Childhood Lab (ECL) school, the Eichhorn Family House, and several faculty research labs. The ECL school has been awarded accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. (Only a very small percentage of early childhood programs around the country have successfully completed the accreditation process.) The ECL school is the weekday program for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers at the CCFS; the school serves as a model early-childhood program and as a site for research involving young children. The Eichhorn Family House has an overall mission to support family well-being through the integration of research, education, and outreach.
Human development explores the developmental process in humans throughout the life cycle. Biological, cognitive, and personality/sociocultural aspects of development are studied.