The Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development (HD) is designed to support student learning about the mechanisms of growth and change across the lifespan. With areas of focus in developmental science, educational psychology and statistical methodology, HD majors will explore the biological, social, emotional, and cognitive processes of learning and development from conception to old age in diverse social and cultural contexts.

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HD Program Objectives


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Advising for Current Students

Academic Advising is an essential part of your academic experience at UMD. Academic Advisors help you understand the academic requirements and curricular offerings in the College of Education. They assist you to realistically evaluate your academic progress and its relationship to successful planning. Advisors also inform you about different campus resources and services that will help you to make the most of your experience while at the University of Maryland College Park.

Advising is mandatory for all students in the College of Education. Depending upon your major and your academic standing in the College, you will be assigned an Advisor from within the Office of Student Services (Room 1204, Benjamin). All students are required to make advising appointments no more than 2 weeks before your scheduled registration date.

Our Advisors:

  • Janis Cornell-DeMoss, Director of Student Services
    • Advises: Students on Academic Dismissal, Dean's Level Exceptions to Policy
  • Jessica Chew, Manager of Advising and Recruitment
    • Advises: Special Education, Human Development, Minors: TESOL, Human Development, Secondary Education
  • Brittani Berry, Academic Advisor
    • Advises: Middle School Math & Science, Secondary Education*
  • Christie De Leon, Academic Advisor
    • Advises: Elementary Education, Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education

*NOTE:  Secondary Education majors must be advised by their Content Area Advisor before meeting with an Education Advisor.

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The Human Development major requires 46 credits consisting of the following:

  • PSYC 100 Intro to Psychology (3 credits)
  • 3 Gateway Courses (9 credits)
  • 2 Statistics Requirements (6 credits)
  • Proseminar and Internship/Field Experience (7 credits – see document for details)
  • 3 HD Core Courses (9 credits)
  • 4 HD Electives (12 credits)

Flexible options are available to meet the major requirements and HD majors are subject to the following graduation requirements:

  • A minimum of 120 credits total, including a minimum of 30 credits earned at UMD
  • 15 of the final 30 credits must be earned at the 300-400 level
  • 12 upper level major credits must be earned at UMD
  • A minimum of 2.00 cumulative UMD GPA and satisfactory completion of all degree requirements

Dr. Jennie Lee-Kim
Director, Human Development Undergraduate Major
College of Education
3942 Campus Drive
Benjamin Building, Suite 3304
College Park, MD 20742