Degree Level:
Bachelor of Science

The Human Development program provides a deep understanding of how children and adults develop physical and mental traits and behaviors.

A major in Human Development lays the groundwork for careers in various fields, including education, psychology or counseling. The program features both education and psychology tracks. Students benefit from an on-campus laboratory at the Children’s School, a strong psychology program, a master's program in counseling, and Stephens' commitment to personalized education.


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Program Features

  • Examine issues in gender, forensic and physiological psychology.
  • Get a strong foundation in math and science to analyze and solve case studies.
  • Study child development and work alongside master-level teachers in the Stephens College Children’s School, which serves preschool through fifth grade.
  • Investigate human behavior in a community-wide study.

I have been truly empowered. Stephens has given me so many opportunities to expand my education in an environment driven by women.


Desiree Fernandez ’21, human development major


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Facilities + Community

  • Join Psi Chi, the psychology honor society.
  • Be part of SLATE, our student education club.
  • Get hands-on experience working in our on-site laboratory school, the Children’s School at Stephens College, which serves pre-K through fifth grade students.


Students can choose either the education or psychology track

The education track focuses on child development and education to prepare for work in schools and pre-K settings, or to build a solid foundation for graduate study.

The psychology track often works in health care with adults, including retirement homes.

Contact Us

Dr. Sean Travis Clouse,
Associate Professor | Interim Director of Counseling
(573) 876-7261 [email protected] Webb Child Study Center 102

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