B.S. Human Development

At Hope, the Human Development major is offered completely online. The program is designed for working professionals preparing for graduate studies leading to in teaching, counseling, or other helping professions. The coursework promotes personal and spiritual growth by emphasizing Christian values, ethical principles, and effective interpersonal communications in diverse settings.

Students form a critical base of knowledge and skills as well as preparation for further career development and/or graduate study. Many graduates continue on to Hopeís online or on-site Master of Education, Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, Master of Arts: Ministry, or Master of Business Administration.

Online courses provide an interactive learning environment through online video lectures, online discussion threads, and an online drop box where you can virtually submit your assignments. Best of all, you can log-on to view lectures, participate in threaded discussions, and submit assignments any time of night or day!

The B.S. in Human Development program is 120 units.


Career Opportunities

  • Social Services
  • Child/Youth/Elder Care
  • Counseling*
  • Teaching*
  • Customer Service
  • Human Services
  • Personnel/Human Resources
  • Educational Services
  • Preschool/ Child Care Worker/ Day Care Services
*Further graduate studies is required

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Interesting Courses

  • Child, Adolescent & Adult Development
  • Learning Theory
  • Foundation for Ethics
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Counseling Theories & Practice
  • Applied Cultural Diversity Theory


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Our Alumni Tell Our Story Best

Sean Flynn
B.S. Human Development

"Hopeís School of Professional Studies (SPS) program provides compassionate, dedicated, and professional staff members who are committed to their students' success. The program models and encourages personal and professional networking, collaboration, and life-long learning. The diversity and flexibility of online and on campus classes enabled me to work over forty hours per week and to balance a full-time class load as a student at HIU. My experience in the program was an eclectic blend of spiritual, professional, and personal renewal."

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Nathanael Burke
B.S. Human Development '08


"For five years, I had DREAMED of doing the Human Development program while on the [missionary field] in Romania. This dream was fulfilled in that I was able to study while working in the context where I feel called to apply my learning. Being in Romania also enriched my coursework and brought unique perspectives to class discussions. I am so grateful for the whole experience!"

Our Alumni Tell Our Story Best

John Schramm
B.S. Human Development '06

Community Liaison & Admissions Counselor
Hospice Care of California

"I recognize that my transition from where I was to where I am now would not have been possible without my degree, and I canít stress strongly enough what a great experience my HIU adventure was for me. "

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Ann Gordon
Human Development Major

"HIU is a blessing. I have not only received a top of the line education, but also a new understanding in my relationship with Christ. The professors and staff really do want to help you succeed. I am 39 years old and have 5 children. I was not sure if I would be successful at college, however, with hope anything is possible.Ē