Focus Areas, Credentials & Minors

Our Human Development and Learning (HDL) students create focus areas of study that address their academic interests and future plans. By combining courses from existing departments, students have the opportunity to construct an interdisciplinary program of study that has internal topical coherence. Students will receive guidance from an academic advisor and HDL program faculty.

All students in the program complete courses in at least one focus area to guide their course of study.  Focus areas in the program are grouped into three categories:

  • Focus areas that lead to credentials
  • Focus areas that lead to a minor
  • Focus areas dedicated to a particular area of study with no credential or minor