Human Development, BA

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Online Human Development Degree Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Do you find great satisfaction and fulfillment in being of service to others? If you’re considering a counseling degree or social services degree, you may find a human development program delivers exactly what you’re looking for and more. San Diego Christian College (SDCC) offers a comprehensive Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Human Development degree that is available 100% online.

Integrating biblical truths and principles, SDCC’s Human Development degree program is designed to promote academic progression in tandem with spiritual growth. Students will explore many aspects of psychology, counseling, lifespan development, and leadership, and learn how to help guide others through transition, loss, and crises. Faculty members aim to help graduates become critical thinkers, effective communicators, and compassionate advocates with a strong sense of ethics.

Read on for an overview of San Diego Christian College’s evening/online Human Development degree program, or submit the form to request more information.








Career Opportunities for Human Development Majors

Graduates who earn a BA in Human Development from San Diego Christian College will be well positioned to meet the growing need for professionals in the field of human services, which encompasses careers in counseling, social services, human resources, education, child care management, and related occupations.

The Human Development degree program will equip you for a rewarding profession such as:

  • Youth or Family Advocate
  • Social Worker
  • Early Childhood Center Director
  • Crisis Center Counselor
  • Workforce Development Coordinator
  • Human Resources Specialist

Summary of Learning Objectives for the Human Development Degree Program

SDCC’s Human Development program was created to help students acquire the interpersonal skills needed to create an impact in their community and the world at large. It can also prepare students for graduate work if they wish to pursue a master’s-level counseling degree or social services degree.

As a student in the Human Development degree program, you will learn to:

  • Apply biblical and ethical principles to address issues in the field of human development.
  • Conduct critical analyses of research and information sources relating to experiences across the lifespan.
  • Implement theoretical perspectives of human development and leverage their practical applications in personal and professional contexts.
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication techniques to support advocacy efforts and other human development initiatives.
  • Explore and establish personal and professional goals for human development.

Evening/Online Human Development Degree Curriculum

Degree candidates must complete 123 credit hours to earn a BA in Human Development. Course descriptions and other relevant information can be found in SDCC’s Course Catalog.

Human Development majors may opt to enhance their degree with an emphasis or minor in a related discipline. Refer to the Online Programs Emphasis and Minor Options page for details and course listings.

Core Courses for Online Human Development Degree Program
Course # Course Name Credits
PSY 201 Introduction to Psychology 3
HD 364 Life Span Development 3
LDR 300 Leadership and Motivation 3
HD 460 Transition, Loss, and Death 3
HD 462 Counseling Theory 3
HD 470 Crisis Intervention 3
Institutional Course Requirements
Course # Course Name Credits
BI 392 Servant Leadership 3
BI 393 Historical Perspectives of the Gospels 3
CM 305 Spiritual Formation 3
PD 340 Adult Development and Life Planning 3
PHIL 492 Values and Ethics 3
SCI 302 Scientific Models of Origins 3
General Education Requirements
Course # Course Name Credits
multiple Critical Thinking/Communication Courses 9
multiple Humanities Courses 12
multiple Math and Science Courses 12
multiple Social Science Courses 12
multiple Liberal Arts Courses 9
multiple Electives* 21
Research and Capstone Requirements for Human Development Degree
Course # Course Name Credits
PHIL 450 Critical and Creative Thinking 3
RSH 495A Research Capstone I 3
RSH 495B Research Capstone Statistics 3
SH 495CR Research Capstone II 3

“I was overwhelmed by how sincere and passionate the Online program staff was about helping me achieve my educational and personal goals.”

– Sheila Simons


All instructors in the Human Development degree program have relevant expertise and a passion for Christ-centered learning. Meet Human Development instructor Ginger Warner:

Ginger Warner

Lecturer in Human Development

  • BA, Human Development
    San Diego Christian College
  • MS, Education
    Arkansas State University

Why Choose SDCC for Your Human Development Degree? Top Reasons to Start Today

The BA in Human Development program is led by expert faculty and features courses that are directly applicable to your career field, with a biblical framework and opportunities for hands-on research and experience. You’ll also have access to the same campus resources as traditional full-time students, including library services and a team of Student Support professionals who are dedicated to your success. Other reasons to choose SDCC:

  • 100% Online: Our online program allows you to create your own schedule.
  • Flexible Start Dates: Each course term is five weeks long, so you may begin your studies at any of 10 start dates throughout the year.
  • Affordable: Undergraduate courses are just $452 per credit, and SDCC accepts many forms of financial aid, including federal student aid, military tuition assistance, veterans’ benefits, and employer tuition reimbursement.
  • No Application Fee: We’ve waived your application fee apply, so you’ve got nothing to lose. Apply for free today, and you could begin your first classes in a matter of weeks!