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Human development students are prepared to work with many different types of people from infants to older adults. Our interdisciplinary approach will prepare you to do research and contribute to the field of human development while gaining experience.

We offer a major that's flexible in content and has an emphasis on practical application. You will have the opportunity to take courses in childhood and adolescence, adulthood and aging, family relationships, and human services.

We also offer graduate programs. Early childhood development, family studies, adult development and aging, and marriage and family therapy are available on the main campus in Blacksburg, Virginia. A master's degree in marriage and family therapy is offered in the National Capital Region. Many of our students conduct research in the four centers that serve as living laboratories, including Adult Day Services, Child Development Center for Learning and Research, Family Therapy Center, and Center for Family Services. Graduates are well prepared for careers or graduate school in human services, health care, education, business, and government.

Faculty you'll love

We have a strong research faculty filled with award-winning teachers. They have built a reputation among students for being approachable and engaging. Our large and growing research portfolio covers family studies, early childhood, aging, and everything in between.

Careers and internships for your future

Our students get real job experience with internships and field studies at schools, community services agencies, non-profit organizations, research centers, and occupational and physical therapy practices. A human development degree translates to many different job titles, with skills that are valuable in any field. We have dedicated career advising and tips for applying your skills to a career that's rewarding and right for you.

Scholarships and Awards

We offer scholarships, awards, and research grants just for history students, as well as those sponsored by the university and our College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

Undergraduate Research

Out-of-class learning experiences are highly encouraged here. Our students undertake independent research, publish their work, and present at conferences.

Study Abroad

Explore diversity among people, cultures, and geographic locations first-hand on education abroad trips. We offer summer, semester and year-long opportunities to a variety of locations across the world.

Exciting Student Organizations

Our department hosts the Association of Childhood Educators.