Program Overview

California State University in East Bay offers the Bachelor of Arts in Human Development, which aims to satisfy a busy professional student’s need for higher education while staying committed to current careers, community involvement or family. 

The Human Development concentration is an interdisciplinary program that introduces students to the theory and methodology appropriate for professions in anthropology, biology, linguistics, psychology and sociology. This curriculum intends to enhance a student’s understanding of the processes contributing to developmental change and evolvement across a human lifecycle, as well as the socio-cultural and historical factors influencing progress.

Earning a BA in Human Development may give students the opportunity to specialize in one of three areas within the degree. Students have the choice of studying: Adult Development and Gerontology, Women’s Development, or Early Childhood Development. Adult Development and Gerontology focuses on early, middle, and late adulthood. Women’s Development concentrates on women’s social, psychological, cultural, and biological development. Finally, Early Childhood Development focuses on children from birth to age five.

The program examines human development theories and the dynamic social, cultural, physical and emotional dimensions. Each area of specialization delves into a particularly influential part of many civilizations, enlightening students to the concepts and issues associated with select groups. Successful graduates should be able to apply the learned academics in both clinical and non-clinical environments, as well as use the curriculum to critically assess human situations.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor Completion

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission


    This is a bachelor completion program. A total of 180 quarter credits are required, including transfer credits. Requires transfer of 60+ (90 quarter) units. 2.0 GPA or above and in good standing at the last college attended. Completed necessary prerequisites.


    Not approved for residents in: Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, North Dakota, Tennessee, and Washington.

    School Overview

    With a current strategy focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), California State University East Bay, founded in 1957, continues progressing forward into the twenty-first century. Cal State University East Bay awards 50-plus bachelor’s and over 35 master’s degrees, along with certificates, in more than 100 fields of study.

    The Cal State East Bay Online campus provides flexible programming while offering multiple degree options. Classes are based on 11-week quarter sessions, and many students entering with fulfilled course prerequisites can complete the degree programs in two years. For students requiring the first two years of lower division courses, Cal State East Bay maintains links to neighboring community colleges that offer online transfer programs. Furthermore, online courses are asynchronous and many include reading, weekly assignments, and class discussions.


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