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*The availability of Off-campus locations depends on enrollment.
The BA completion in Human Development offers an upper division program focused on youth, adolescents, adults, older adults and their families and the social contexts in which development and growth takes place. Students gain foundational knowledge and appreciation for the varied arcs of development across the continuum from typical to atypical. Each domain of study is grounded in respect for the socio-political context, time and space in which development occurs. Students are immersed in a multi-disciplinary curriculum through coursework aimed to develop a holistic lens of empowerment, equity and social justice. The attainment of applied experience is critical to students who are committed to and engaged in their communities.
Field Experiences at an approved site are part of the BA completion program in Human Development.
Concentrations are additional areas of focus which are designed to immerse students in a more specific area of the developmental process. Some concentrations are available only in Pasadena.
Program Learning Outcomes (PLO)
Development: Students comprehend and analyze developmental and ecological theories impacting Human Development.
Diversity: Students value diversity, demonstrate commitment to social justice, equity and inclusion. They are able to identify and analyze the dynamics of institutional and individual biases and the use of power.
Communication: Students implement and analyze individual, dyadic and group communications for efficacy, clarity, appropriate audience reception, authenticity, and experience of empowerment for self and others.
Research: Students are able to distinguish between observations and theory in published research. Students create original research, present their findings, and link their research with existing literature in the field.
Praxis: Students develop a philosophy of learning reflective of developmental theories guided by observation and grounded in a lens of equity and multiculturalism. Students evaluate these actions based on results and their impact on other persons, groups and systems (ethics, values, principles and empowerment). Students learn to incorporate developmentally and culturally appropriate practice with individuals and systems. Praxis will involve activities such as practica, fieldwork or student teaching.
The BA HD program is a 120 credit undergraduate program, comprised of 40 credits in General Education, 30-58 credits in Human Development (including Concentrations), and 50 credits of general electives. This is a year-round program, including enrollment in summer. On-ground attendance includes fall and spring 16-week semesters and a 12-week summer semester. Online attendance includes two 8-week terms in fall and spring, and two 6-week terms in summer.
A full-time student entering with 0 credits and successfully completing 12 credits per semester would have a time to completion of ten semesters, which is equivalent to 3 1/3 years, or 40 months.
BA in Human Development Credit Requirements
40 General Education Credits
50 General Elective Credits
18 Upper Division Human Development Program Credits
- Plus 12 Concentration credits
Fieldwork is required for all BA HD students. Fieldwork includes study and learning that consists of practical and applied activities completed outside of the classroom or typical learning environment. Each student is required to engage in 45 hours of service at an approved fieldwork/internship site during the semester enrolled in the three-credit fieldwork course.
All credits earned in courses offered by Pacific Oaks College are considered PO residence hours, regardless if the courses are taken on-line, on-ground, at instructional sites or at Off-campus cohort locations. Credits earned from institutions other than Pacific Oaks College are considered non-resident credits. All students must complete a minimum of 30 residence hours to complete the B.A. in Human Development degree.
Please refer to the program course and delivery section found here: Academic Calendar
To be eligible to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development degree, a student must successfully complete the following:
- The approved program consisting of at least 30 credits completed in residency at Pacific Oaks; and
- A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 in all coursework attempted at the College.
Students are required to submit the Petition for Degree Completion and fee to the Registrar’s Office the semester before they anticipate completing their degree requirements. Students must submit the application, settle all outstanding fees with the Student Finance Office, satisfy any deficiencies, and be in good standing in their program for the bachelor’s degree to be awarded.
Number of Admit Terms per Year
- Fall Sessions I & II
- Spring Sessions I & II
- Summer Sessions I & II
- Completed Application for Admission
- Application Fee
- Personal Statement
- Official Transcripts from All Institutions Attended
- Proof of Sufficient Academic History (See Admissions Standards for Acceptable Proof of Academic History)
Total credits: 120 credits