Learning Outcomes

Lifespan perspective

  • Apply a lifespan approach and understanding to human development as evidenced by their completion of coursework in the three phases of development
  • Recognize that human development is multifaceted via their use of knowledge from multiple disciplines (e.g. psychology, sociology, anthropology, women’s studies, history, public policy, economics, etc.) across various assignments

Interdisciplinary, contextualized approach to understanding human development

  • Appreciate and evaluate relevant issues using an interdisciplinary perspective as indicated by their application and utilization of extant literature from diverse fields within various assignments
  • Identify and explore the various contexts (e.g. family, community, societal, historical, etc.) and broader socio-cultural contexts (e.g. gender, race, ethnicity, etc.) of development as illustrated in their discussions and writings pertaining to case studies and examples

Addresses real-world issues and provides applied experience

  • Apply what they are learning outside of the classroom through, for example, involvement in service learning, volunteering, internships, research assistantships, and/or peer mentorships
  • Apply what they are learning in the classroom to the lived experiences of others through case studies, reflections, and role playing

Reflexive and constructivist approach

  • Analyze their own beliefs, values, and behaviors as it pertains to relevant topics as verified through exposure to standardized social science metrics, diagnostic tools, and reflection assignments in various courses
  • Identify, examine, and understand the viewpoints of others as demonstrated through course and group work and completion of at least one course in gender and diversity
  • Present knowledge about our social systems and ways to promote social justice and empowerment as verified through debates, the creation of materials, and classroom discussions and presentations

Development of professional skills

  • Communicate in a professional and thoughtful manner as indicated by written assignments, oral discussions, and class presentations
  • Critically analyze and evaluate presented information as observed through their final methods and statistics projects