The Department of Human Development leads an interdisciplinary and integrative developmental science to understand the growing person in a changing world. It places an emphasis on the processes and mechanisms underlying developmental change and stability and the contexts in which development takes place.

Explore the department's undergraduate and graduate programs.

The department has a historic dual commitment to increase knowledge of human development through rigorous research and scholarship and to disseminate this knowledge beyond the laboratory to the larger community through a variety of engagement activities, including translating and implementing research-based knowledge in real life.

The department, founded in 1925, was among the first in human development established by a university. It has consistently attracted a distinguished group of scholars from various disciplines. Currently, the department has a professorial faculty of 24. Undergraduate majors typically number 350-400, while approximately 45 doctoral students are in residence.

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173 Human Ecology Building

Martha Van Rensselaer Hall
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