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Human Development, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Saint Petersburg, FL, United States
It’s amazing how easy it is to change a life. The right question, a well-timed suggestion – this can be all it takes to start someone on the path to wholeness. At Eckerd College, a Human Development degree combines active classwork, hands-on research and your pick of internships to train you for counseling, social work, child advocacy, education, law or business.
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Human Development is an interdisciplinary major integrating aspects of psychology, education, sociology, anthropology, ethics, and other disciplines. The major allows you to choose an area of emphasis (clinical, global, developmental, creative arts, and health and wellness) that serves as a strong foundation for entering paraprofessional work in the helping professions as well as for many types of careers where it is essential to work effectively with people. The major also prepares you for graduate study in a wide range of areas including counseling, education, social work, public health, law and many other fields. The program incorporates interactive study, hands-on coursework, international research and a multitude of domestic and international internship opportunities.

Human Development graduates pursue a wide array of graduate study and career opportunities. Among recent graduates there are math teachers, school psychologists, Peace Corps volunteers, college basketball coaches and public health workers. They have earned advanced degrees in health administration, law, social work, education and developmental psychology at distinguished universities like Boston College, Tulane University, University of Florida and University of Colorado-Boulder. The Human Development major truly embodies the liberal arts ideal of a well rounded student by encouraging creativity and individuality while emphasizing professionalism and ethical practice.

Students are expected to challenge individual assumptions and clarify personal values. Although the Human Development faculty does not subscribe to a single theoretical model, there is a fundamental belief in viewing the individual as an integrated whole of mind, body and spirit. Additionally, there is focus on the significance of the human environment, the interconnectedness of all life, and a dedication to the broad spectrum of prevention and enhancement at both the individual and community levels.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Human Development
  • The Adolescent Experience
  • Socialization: Study of Gender
  • Group Dynamics
  • Your Health and the Environment
  • Family Systems
  • Counseling Strategies: Theory and Practice
  • Close Relationships Across the Lifespan
  • Human Trafficking
  • Global Children's Issues
  • Introduction to Social Work
  • Aspects of Aging
  • Creative Arts Therapies

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Common Application or Eckerd College Application
  • $40 Application Fee
  • Official Test Scores (SAT or ACT): SAT code: 5223/ ACT code: 0731
  • Official High School Transcript and/or G.E.D. results
  • Admission Recommendation Letter
  • Personal Essay

Tuition Fee

  • International

    42428 USD/year
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    Based on the original amount of 42428 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    42428 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 42428 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Saint Petersburg

  • 1132 - 1750 USD/month
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Financial aid and scholarships are available through an ambitious financial aid program that benefits about 96% of Eckerd students. Approximately $43 million in financial aid was awarded last year. Assistance packages may include a combination of scholarships, grants, work aid, and loans. The average award last year from all sources was $26,000 and the range was from $1,000 to $42,000.

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