1. Conceptualize human development over the life span in terms of complex interactions among cultural, biological, psychological, and social processes.
2. Understand diversity of development across time, space, and standpoint, with sensitivity to roles of gender, race, class, and nationality in shaping developmental processes and outcomes.
3. Demonstrate within one of the four concentration areas (Counseling Services, Health Services, Children’s Services, Adult & Gerontology Services) an understanding of the interplay of cultural, biological, psychological, and social forces.
4. Demonstrate a basic understanding of research methods commonly used in human development research, including understanding the uses and limits of various research designs, quantitative methods, and statistical analyses, and then design a research project based on this knowledge.
5. Appreciate the relevance of basic theory and research in applied settings.
6. Understand social service organizations, including their operation, funding, staffing, and successful delivery of services.
7. Access research materials (e.g., from libraries, internet, etc.) to support a comprehensive, multidisciplinary literature review on a selected topic in human development and present the information to an interested audience of lay people and/or applied professionals.
8. Gain essential knowledge in human development through service learning and problem-based learning approaches.