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Human Development Program



The Human Development Program is designed to provide a challenging educational environment to enable motivated students understand the complexity of the intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual development of children and adults. The goal of the Human Development Program is to provide a challenging educational environment that prepares students for professional and academic service in health provider settings.


The Program

Building upon the students' general liberal arts and core courses in the human life cycle from childhood through maturity,  advanced courses are designed to foster practical competence in diagnosis, spiritual and clinical assessment, counseling and case management   Areas of critical importance for the developing of this program include the following courses in Human Development and Human Services.

  • General Psychology
  • Child Development
  • Adolescent Development
  • Adulthood and Aging
  • Theories of Personality
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Spiritual Discernment and Differential Diagnosis
  • Marriage and Family
  • Physiology
  • Statistics
  • Research Methodology

Additionally, several electives are offered that enable students to select their areas of interest and specialization in human development.


Faculty and Professional Staff

The Faculty and professional Staff in Human Development and Human Services are active in both academic and professional roles in the Boston community and are noted in particular for their distinguished scholarly and applied work.  Offering a broad range of research interests, the faculty has long stressed the importance of relevant instruction and creativity in the students work


Placement Centers

The field placement is an integral part of the Human Development program. The practicum experience serves to integrate theory, research, and practice through a direct service experience with close supervision.  The program enhances the total education of the student through a wealth of supervised experiences that develops skills, confidence, and sensitivity to helping people. Graduates are prepared for immediate employment in Child Residential Treatment agencies, social service and mental health clinics and in elderly services programs, in addition to having a foundation for advanced study in psychology and health and social services.