Human Development Courses

The current schedule for HDEV courses is available in the Schedule of Classes on the BU Brain. Descriptions of courses are listed in the Binghamton University Bulletin and course descriptions for the upcoming semester are available on the BU Brain.

Information about HDEV courses

Introductory courses

Human development students must take three introductory social sciences courses:

  • One from psychology (any PSYC course with a number in the 100s or 200s)
  • One from sociology (any SOC course with a number in the 100s or 200s)
  • One from any of the following disciplines: anthropology, economics, geography, history or political science (any ANTH, ECON, GEOG, HIST OR PLSC course with a number in the 100s or 200s)

Core courses

HDEV students must also complete four core courses within the department:

Many HDEV students also find it helpful to take The Study of Human Change (HDEV 100) as an elective in their freshman or sophomore year. This course provides first- or second-year HDEV majors with early exposure to the field of human development as a discipline concerned with societal, group and individual transformation.

Learning area descriptions and course list

In addition to introductory and core courses, HDEV students must complete coursework in three major curricula areas, called learning areas:

Theories of Human Development, HDEV courses 301 through 339

Goal: Understanding theoretical orientations and applying knowledge to particular populations Courses in this area examine human growth and development across the lifespan from conception to life's end. Students learn about traditional and new directions in developmental theories. A solid grounding in a broad range of theories provides a basic background for students' work as practitioners across physical, cognitive and social-emotional developmental domains. Students learn foundational areas in traditional human developmental theories, place theories in historical context, and discover the applications and limitations of theoretical concepts. Students explore how theories develop, change and drive research, as well as how theories can be useful for understanding developmental trajectories. Key emphasis is placed on the application of developmental theories and concepts to work as practitioners. Students examine how social context, as a major approach to the study of development, provides a central focus and understanding of people's lives and their work as practitioners.

  • HDEV 301: Mothering in Cultural Context
  • HDEV 304: Prenatal, Infant and Toddler Development
  • HDEV 305: Child Development
  • HDEV 306: Adolescent Development
  • HDEV 307: Nutrition Through Lifespan (cross listed from NURS 325)
  • HDEV 309: Death, Dying and Bereavement
  • HDEV 310: Child Development: Specific Populations
  • HDEV 311: Adolescent Development: Specific Populations
  • HDEV 312: Pregnancy, Childhood, Motherhood
  • HDEV 313: Exploring Queer Lives
  • HDEV 327: Culture and Context in Development
  • HDEV 328: Marriage, Family and Child Adjustment
  • HDEV 330: Psychology of Women's Bodies
  • HDEV 331: Multicultural Psychology
  • HDEV 332: Development of Adolescent Girls
  • HDEV 333: Bioculture of Love and Sex
  • HDEV 334: Narrative Psychology
  • HDEV 335: Gender, Development and Education
  • HDEV 336: Black Child and Adolescent Development
  • HDEV 337: Adolescent Development: LGBTQ Youth
  • HDEV 338: Families: Comparative Perspectives
  • HDEV 339: Black Families

Social Action and Policy, HDEV courses 340 through 379

Goal: Influencing public discourse and the social world
Courses in this area explore the relationship between social policy, ideology and activism. Students are introduced to the processes that shape and develop social policy, including the historical background and competing societal values and interests that underlie enactment of social policy and the development of programs to address social problems. They gain an understanding of the organizational, bureaucratic, political and legislative processes that influence policy development and implementation. In addition, students develop skills to critically evaluate existing policies and how those policies impact practice. This critical inquiry leads students to consider the importance of social and institutional change through activist practice. Activism can be defined as participating in social issues discussions and activities within communities, organizations and institutions. For some, this means working within institutions to make them live up to their objectives. These activists understand their role as making current social institutions work effectively and justly. For others, activism is social change that involves the dismantling of current social institutions and replacing them with other visions. Students have the opportunity to investigate how various strategies have developed to bring about meaningful social change within people's lives and contexts.

  • HDEV 341: Family Violence
  • HDEV 344: African Women and Feminism (cross listed from AFST 317)
  • HDEV 346: Black Women: Subject Feminist Mother
  • HDEV 347: Religion, Ideology and Culture
  • HDEV 348: Politics of Education
  • HDEV 352: Gender, Power and Difference
  • HDEV 353: Immigrant and Refugee Health (cross listed from AFST 387A)
  • HDEV 361: Global Migration Flows and Processes
  • HDEV 365: Psychology of Racism
  • HDEV 366: Poverty and Discrimination
  • HDEV 367: Children, Family and Education Policy
  • HDEV 368: Substance Abuse Policy
  • HDEV 369: American Education in a Globalized Society
  • HDEV 370: Policy and Social Welfare in Global Context
  • HDEV 371: Aggression in Children and Youth
  • HDEV 372: Health Care Policy
  • HDEV 373: HIV/AIDS Epidemic
  • HDEV 374: Psychology of HIV and AIDS
  • HDEV 375: Justice and the Law
  • HDEV 376: Women and Law
  • HDEV 377: Aggression in Children and Youth
  • HDEV 378: Child Welfare Policy
  • HDEV 379: Migration, Citizenship and Social Justice

Working with Individuals and Groups, HDEV courses 401 through 479

Goal: Learning professional skills and developing skill sets
Courses in this area introduce students to major principles and theories of individual and group practice. Key emphasis is placed on integrating theory and practice and making applications of this learning to various kinds of work settings. Students explore ethical, legal and professional issues as well as major concepts, techniques and approaches used in individual and group practice. One of the central aims of courses in this area is to provide an interdisciplinary analysis of how individuals and groups function within families, institutions and social structures. In this context, these courses provide students with opportunities to move beyond more traditional principles of individualism and universalism through broadening the scope of interdisciplinary inquiry including exploring social stratifications and relations of power in individual and group identities. In particular, students consider how people's daily life experiences, individual psychologies (cognitions, attitudes, behaviors, challenges, emotions, expectations, motivations, needs, wants) and world view may be linked to structural differences in resources and opportunities, as well as assumptions about themselves and others.

  • HDEV 402: Youth and Social Policy
  • HDEV 403: Exploring the Helping Professions
  • HDEV 407: Social Construction of Whiteness
  • HDEV 408: Introduction to Social Work Practice (cross listed from SW 300)
  • HDEV 413: Social Reform in the U.S.
  • HDEV 414: Institutions and the Lives of Children and Adolescents
  • HDEV 415: Issues on Human Services
  • HDEV 420: Community Mental Health
  • HDEV 422: Diagnostics of Helping Professions
  • HDEV 423: Multicultural Counseling
  • HDEV 425: Models of Advocacy: Theory and Practice
  • HDEV 435: Pro-Seminar in Civic Entrepreneurship
  • HDEV 440: Principles of Casework
  • HDEV 442: Group Counseling
  • HDEV 444: Administration of Public Service Agencies
  • HDEV 445: Community Leadership and Development
  • HDEV 447: Conflict Resolution
  • HDEV 449: Holistic Health Practice 2 (cross listed from NURS 332)
  • HDEV 450: Casework: Specific Populations
  • HDEV 451: Clinical Assessment
  • HDEV 454: Dynamics of Change in Client-Centered Organizations
  • HDEV 455: Career Building in Human Services (cross listed from MASS 580A)
  • HDEV 465: Researching Immigrant Lives
  • HDEV 466: Alternate Treatment Strategies in Substance Abuse

Independent studies and internships course list

  • HDEV 391: Teaching Practicum
  • HDEV 395: Internship
  • HDEV 397: Independent Study
  • HDEV 495: Internship
  • HDEV 497: Independent Study

Last Updated: 9/6/16