B.A. in Human Development

Become an agent for positive change in today's society.

Bachelor of Arts in Human Development students study individual, family, and group dynamics to gain an in-depth understanding of human behavior. This degree enables students to advance their current careers, make career changes to the human services field, or pursue master's level study upon program completion.

Graduates are prepared to work with diverse populations in a variety of work settings, including infant-child care centers, juvenile and adult correction facilities, and other human service settings.

Program of Study
This program requires a minimum of 120 credits, which includes general education, major, and elective courses. Major coursework spans a wide range of subjects—psychology at different life stages, counseling theory and practice, family dynamics, minority groups, and more. Human development major and general elective courses enable degrees to be tailored to students’ specific interests and career goals. Click the View Curriculum icon above for required courses.

Online, on-site, and hybrid (a combination of classroom and online learning) classes provide flexibility for working adults. Courses are offered in 7-week or 14-week terms. There are a total of six 7-week terms per year (two terms in each of the fall, spring, and summer semesters). 14-week terms are offered once per semester in the fall, spring, and summer.

Facilities and Resources
Faculty are practitioners and researchers; they are widely published in their research areas.

Regina Library offers access to reference materials such as journals and online databases to support student research and learning outside the classroom. Reference librarians are available assist students with research.

Department of Psychology/Human Development
Rivier's high-quality, hands-on bachelor's and master's programs prepare students for leadership roles in a global environment. For more information, visit the Department of Psychology/Human Development.


B.A. in Human Development graduates can pursue roles as:

  • Social services case managers
  • Residential counselors
  • Program directors
  • Juvenile justice workers
  • Criminologists