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Human Development, B.A.

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Human Development has two components. Pre-Human Development is not impacted and is not a degree-granting program. Pre-Human Development is open to all SSU students. Students must be in Pre-Human Development and complete the Pre-Human Development curriculum before they can apply to Human Development, which is an impacted major. Being Pre-Human Development does not guarantee admission into the Human Development major. Pre-Human Development students who complete the curriculum will be ranked by GPA when they apply to the major. Students who are interested in the Human Development major should declare Pre-Human Development as early as possible and use the sample four-year plan on the next page as a guide for completing Pre-Human Development curriculum and the Human Development major.

Total units required for B.A. in Human Development

  Degree Requirements Units  
  Pre-Human Development (lower division GE) 30*  
  Remaining GE (20; 3 in major) 17  
  Major requirements* 40*  
  Electives 33  
  Total units needed for graduation 120  

* This is the minimum number of units; more units may be required for certain course choices. Students must earn a C or better in all courses applied to the major.

Pre-Human Development

1. 2.50 overall GPA
2. Completion of 30 units of GE coursework including:

The following with a C- or better:

A1    3
A2    3
A3    3

The following with a C or better:

• B2 (3-4)
• B4 with MATH 165  Elementary Statistics
or equivalent from another institution (4)
• D1 with ANTH 203  Introduction to Cultural Anthropology,
PSY 250   Introduction to Psychology,
or SOCI 201  Introduction to Sociology
 or equivalent from another institution (3)
• D5 with ANTH 200  Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology (3)
or equivalent from another institution (recommended). Students may complete this requirement with ENGL 203  Introduction to Linguistic Studies (4 units), but ENGL 203 fulfills the D1 GE area. Students who wish to complete the most GE areas while completing the Pre-Human Development curriculum should take ANTH 200.
•    Additional lower division GE coursework (e.g., B1, D3, D4, science lab) with a passing grade to reach 30 units.

Major Core Requirements

Applicants to the Human Development major should expect it to take three (3) semesters to complete the Major Core Requirements.

Topical Areas

Four courses, one from each topical area, taken from at least three different departments. EDXX count as one department and crosslisted courses count as the same department (e.g., GERN = SOCI).

Gender and Sexuality

(1 course)


(as needed to get to 40 units)


Total core requirements: 20 Units

Total in topical areas: 12-20 Units

Sample Four-Year Program

Human Development, B.A.

Freshman Year: Minimum of 30 Units

Fall Semester (15-16 Units)

  • GE A1 (3)*
  • GE B1 (3-4)
  • GE B2 (3-4)*
  • GE D3 (3-4)
  • University Elective (1-2)**
Spring Semester (15 Units)

Sophomore Year: Minimum of 30 Units

Fall Semester (15 Units)

Spring Semester (15 Units)

Junior Year: Minimum of 30 Units

Fall Semester (15 Units)

Spring Semester (15-16 Units)

Senior Year: Minimum of 30 Units

Fall Semester (15-16 Units)

Spring Semester (15 Units)

Total Units: 120

* Pre-HD requirement. Must be completed with required grade, along with 30 units of lower division GE before the student can apply to the HD major. In this 4-year plan, the student is on track to complete the Pre-HD curriculum by the end of the Fall semester of sophomore year.

** If needed to reach15 units.

***HD CA/AL/GS/SCL Course refers to courses that make up the Topical Area Requirements for the major: CA=Childhood and Adolescence; AL=Adulthood and Lifespan; GS=Gender and Sexual-ity; SCL=Society, Culture and Language

****At least two courses must be upper division GE and one must be outside GE area E. Upper division GE courses must be taken after the student achieves junior standing (60 units completed).


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