Human Development in Context Major


Students must also complete the Undergraduate Registration Requirement and the degree requirements of their home school.

Concentration Program—16 units*


8 of the 16 units need to be at the 300-level

Course Title
Required Courses (6 units)
SESP 201-0Human Development: Childhood and Adolescence
or 1
SESP 203-0Human Development: Adulthood and Aging
or HDC 310-0 The Art and Science of Aging
1 course for the Fundamentals cluster from:
HDC 305-0Identity and Motivation
PSYCH 215-0Psychology of Personality
HDC 307-0Emotional Mysteries
PSYCH 228-0Cognitive Psychology
SESP 317-0Gender and the Life Course
1 course for the Social Policy in Action cluster from:
SESP 320-0Race and Education
SESP 204-0Designing for Social Change
SESP 325-0Race, Adolescence, and School Discipline
SOC_POL 304-0Social Policy & the Human Services
SOC_POL 313-0Race, Inequality, and the Political Analysis of Public Policy
SOC_POL 315-0Global Human Trafficking
SOC_POL 331-0Economics of Inequality and Discrimination
SOC_POL 351-0Special Topics in Social Policy (Social Opportunity and Education Policy or Urban Education Policy and Practice or The Social Side of College: Understanding the Lived Experiences of Undergraduates or Global Education)
HDC 330-0Adolescent Stress: Sources and Solutions
1 course for the Learning and Cognition cluster from:
HDC 305-0Identity and Motivation
HDC 351-0Special Topics in Human Development in Context (Mapping and Spatial Analysis for Social Issues)
LOC 351-0Topics in Learning and Organizational Change (Cognition in Contexts)
LRN_SCI 201-0Cognition and Action
LRN_SCI 202-0Culture, Language, & Identity
LOC 313-0Learning and Thinking in Organizations
TEACH_ED 351-0Special Topics in Teacher Education (Cognition and Culture in Teaching and Learning)
CSD 392-0Language Development and Usage
1 course for the Social Relations cluster from:
HDC 301-0The Counseling Process: Theory & Practice
HDC 307-0Emotional Mysteries
HDC/LOC 309-0Team Dynamics
HDC 340-0Building Loving and Lasting Relationships: Marriage 101
HDC 351-0Special Topics in Human Development in Context (Identities, Intersections, and Organizations)
1 course for the Analysis cluster from:
HDC 330-0Adolescent Stress: Sources and Solutions
LRN_SCI 301-0Design of Learning Environments
LRN_SCI 351-0Topics in Learning Sciences
SESP 204-0Designing for Social Change
SESP 251-0Special Topics (Community Research Methods: Educational Justice)
SESP 310-0Causal Methods for Evaluating Policy
SESP 324-0Pedagogies for History and Injustice: Holocaust Education Design
SESP 351-0Special Topics (The Life Story Interview or Intersectionality, Measurement, and Public Policy)
SOC_POL 333-0Economics of Health, Human Capital, and Happiness
SOC_POL 334-0Quantitative Tools for Policy Analysis
Concentration Extension Courses (10 units)
Must be selected from an approved list of courses in human development in context, other SESP concentrations, and disciplines such as anthro­pology, communication studies, linguistics, psychology, and sociology. Must include at least 4 courses at the 300 level. Up to 3 units of SESP 390-0 Research Apprenticeship or SESP 399-0 Independent Study and 3 units of SESP 398-0 Honors Thesis may be counted toward this requirement.

HDC students who take SESP 201-0 Human Development: Childhood and Adolescence for the SESP Core can choose either SESP 203-0 Human Development: Adulthood and Aging or HDC 310-0 The Art and Science of Aging for the HDC Concentration. HDC students who take either SESP 203-0 or HDC 310-0 for the SESP Core can take SESP 201-0 for the HDC Concentration.

SESP Core (8 units)

Course Title
Seminar—1 unit
SESP 200-0Understanding Knowledge
Human Development—1 unit
SESP 201-0Human Development: Childhood and Adolescence 1
or PSYCH 244-0 Developmental Psychology
SESP 203-0Human Development: Adulthood and Aging
HDC 310-0The Art and Science of Aging
Methodologies —2 units
SESP 210-0Introduction to Statistics and Research Methodology
SESP 272-0Field Research Methods
Experiential Learning—4 units 2
SESP 392-0Experiential Learning: Practicum
or SESP 389-0 Practicum in Human Development - San Francisco

PSYCH 110-0 Introduction to Psychology is a prerequisite for PSYCH 244-0.


Practicum course must be in concentration field. This 4-unit course may be taken either for 1 quarter during junior year or for nine weeks during the Summer Session before or after junior year; no fifth unit may be taken concurrently without special permission. At least 2 quarters before registering for the course, students must consult the SESP practicum director regarding procedures and site-placement application materials. For Summer Session practicums, consultation should be scheduled at least 3 quarters in advance.

Overlay Requirements*


Overlay requirements are fulfilled by courses taken for the concentration

Course Title
Global Engagement
1 quarter of study abroad or 3 quarters of foreign language or equivalent.
Heterogeneities, Systems, and Inequalities
1 course counted towards the concentration: HDC 305-0, LOC 214-0, LOC 214-BR, LOC 351-0 (Identities, Intersection, and Organizations), LRN_SCI 202-0, LRN_SCI 214-0, LRN_SCI 302-0, LRN_SCI 309-0, SESP 251-0 (Finding Your Path: Future Possibilities and Social Change) and (Community Research Methods: Educational Justice), SESP 317-0, SESP 320-0, SESP 323-0, SESP 324-0, SESP 325-0, SESP 351-0 (Computing, Ethics, and Society or Public Learning Through the Arts), SOC_POL 313-0, SOC_POL 315-0, SOC_POL 331-0, SOC_POL 333-0, SOC_POL 351-0 (Intersectional Identities and Public Policy or Urban Education Policy and Practice) TEACH_ED 302-0, TEACH_ED 351-0 (Cognition and Culture in Teaching and Learning), TEACH_ED 341-0
Methods in Context
1 course counted towards the concentration: HDC 330-0, HDC 351-0 (Mapping and Spatial Analysis for Social Issues), LOC 308-0, LOC 311-0, LRN_SCI 301-0, LRN_SCI 309-0, LRN_SCI 313-0, LRN_SCI 326, LRN_SCI 351-0 (Sports, Technology and Learning), LRN_SCI 372-0, SESP 204-0, SESP 251-0 (Demystifying Quantitative Data and Community Research Methods: Educational Justice), SESP 310-0, SESP 323-0, SESP 324-0, SESP 351-0 (Public Learning or The Life Story Interview) , SOC_POL 330-0, SOC_POL 331-0, SOC_POL 332-0, SOC_POL 333-0, SOC_POL 334-0

Distribution Requirements (10 units)

  • 2 natural sciences courses
  • 2 formal studies courses (mathematics, logic, etc.)
  • 2 historical studies courses
  • 2 ethics and values courses (philosophy, religion, etc.)
  • 2 literature and fine arts courses

Selected courses from Weinberg College and professional schools across the University may be used to fulfill distribution requirements with the consent of the student’s adviser and the SESP assistant dean for student affairs.

Electives (8 units)

Courses from any school across the University may be used to fulfill elective requirements. Students are encouraged to discuss their elective plans with their advisers; they may be able to pursue a second major or a minor using elective credits.