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Mission Statement

The primary mission of the Human Developmental Sciences (HDS) program is to explore lifespan development from the perspective of how biological, psychological, and socio-cultural phenomena interact interdependently in developmental systems of great complexity. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the program, we recognize and address the central role of socio-cultural diversity and individual differences in small and large scale communities. The program promotes open inquiry, research and practice in understanding lifespan development, and strives to support its objectives by providing:

  • A rigorous academic training emphasizing interdisciplinary preparation
  • Opportunities for the development of applied research and practice skills
  • Opportunities for shaping individual learning through close relations between students, instructors and staff
  • Training in innovative technologies and analytic skills.

    Explore how HDS incorporates Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion issues in both scholarship and practice in our specialization and minor. Additionally, explore the HDS Program's novel lifespan specialization and minor on Healthy Aging

Learning Objectives

Learn more about the Undergraduate Learning Objectives and Assessment for HDS.

Core Competencies (PDF)