Human Development Major
Why Study Human Development at Virginia Tech?
You'll learn about the physical, social, and cognitive areas of development and serve others through a hands-on field experience at our Adult Day Services or child development centers, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, a local free clinic, or other social services programs. A few examples of typical careers for human development majors (which may require graduate or professional study and/or licensure) includes teachers, school counselors, speech therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, and non-profit professionals.
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What Can You Do with a major in Human Development?
Jobs Held by Our Graduates
- Case managers
- Community support professionals
- School counselors
- Activities directors at nursing homes
- Behavioral counselors
- Social workers
- Youth advisors
- Sexual assault advocates
Beyond the Classroom
Our program includes a field study experience to observe and participate in the work of human services. You'll get the chance to see first-hand what the work is like, and learn the challenges and triumphs people in the helping professions deal with every day.
We have four centers that serve as living laboratories where we train students in the human services professions, serve the community, and conduct research that improves people's lives and sets new standards for the care industry.
- Engagement Center for Creative Aging
- Child Development Center for Learning and Research
- Family Therapy Center
- Center for Family Services at the National Capital Region campus
You'll learn to perform top-notch research with our faculty, who have a reputation among their peers for designing complex research studies. Talk to a professor about designing your own research project or investigating a topic that interests you. You'll work closely with a faculty mentor to plan a course of action, discuss your findings, and write a report. You can also assist a faculty member with their research project.
What You'll Study
Bachelor of Science in Human Development Degree
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Human Development Major Requirements
- Childhood and Adolescence
- Adulthood and Aging
- Family Relationships
- Principles of Human Services
- Family Financial Management
Minor and Elective Hours
Our program gives you the opportunity to build knowledge in another area by pursuing a minor, double major, or cognate.
B.S. Human Development
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