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Human Development in Context, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #24 (WUR) Evanston, IL, United States
The Human Development in Context program of Northwestern University, formerly called Human Development and Psychological Services, examines how people throughout the lifespan develop in, are influenced by, and shape the social settings they encounter.
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The Human Development in Context program of Northwestern University focus on theories of individual and family development, as well as, the local and global dynamics of learning and cognition, social relations, and policy.  This interdisciplinary program draws from current and actionable theory, research, and practice from areas as diverse as psychology, sociology, intercultural studies, gender studies, economics, and policy science.

Students acquire knowledge, skills, and flexible ways of thinking and working with people and understanding their development. All HDC students complete a one-quarter practicum internship for academic credit during their junior year, during which they put into practice the skills and knowledge introduced in the classroom. The program is offered year-round in Chicago and during the summer in San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

Career paths

With their strong academic background and real-world experience, HDC students are well prepared for many postgraduate opportunities in fields involving thinking and working with people across diverse contexts. Frequently, students will seek their first jobs in human resources, customer success management, curriculum development, research, teaching/education, social work, crisis intervention, outreach, and community education. Many professions require an advanced degree as careers progress, therefore, approximately 25% of HDC alumni go directly to graduate school following their B.S. from SESP. Even more pursue graduate work later on. HDC provides an excellent foundation for graduate work in may areas, including education, psychology, social work, law, medicine, public policy, and counseling.

  • Allstate Insurance Company
  • Capgemini Consulting
  • City Year
  • Epic
  • Kirkland and Ellis
  • LinkedIn
  • Morgan Stanley
  • NorthShore Pediatric Therapy
  • Special Olympics
  • Teach for America

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Counseling Theory and Practice
  • Identity and Motivation
  • Team Dynamics
  • Health Program Planning
  • Human Development, Generativity, and the Study of Lives
  • Culture and Cognition

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Common Application or Coalition Application
  • Official secondary school transcript and school report
  • Counselor recommendation
  • At least one teacher recommendation
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores (ONLY required for international applicants whose first language is not English or whose schooling has not been in English)
  • Nonrefundable application fee of $75 or application fee waiver
  • Early Decision Agreement (ONLY Early Decision applicants)
  • Midyear transcript
  • Music audition (ONLY School of Music applicants)
  • Required for homeschooled applicants ONLY: 3 SAT subject tests 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56232 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    56232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56232 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Evanston

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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