Human Development and Social Intervention


The program consists of 42 credits, of which 30 credits are required core and methods courses, and 12 credits are composed of electives as determined by the students' choice of specialization. See a sample schedule.

Required Core Courses (3 credits each): 15 credits

Required Courses in Statistics and Research Methods (3 credits each): 15 credits

Culminating Project

All students will complete a culminating project with the option to conduct a thesis or a Capstone Project. Both options require students to produce a synthesized literature review. Skills for conducting a literature review will be taught in APSY-GE 2837 Project Research Seminar I and will be enhanced in APSY-GE 2838 Project Research Seminar II.   

Thesis: Students conducting a thesis will work with a research team on campus to define a research question that emanates from the literature and can be analyzed. The resulting thesis will also include a presentation of the results and a discussion of their implications. See previous culminating projects.

Capstone: The core objective of the Capstone Project is to resolve an agency problem or to develop a new agency initiative. Students will partner with an HDSI program-approved not-for-profit or government agency. Multiple iterative sub-components may be required to satisfactorily complete the overall goal of the Capstone Project. A detailed final report is required.

Electives: 12 credits

Students choose four courses by advisement for specialization in one of three areas of study. Sample elective coursework for each specialization is listed below

Developmental Psychology