The Bachelor of Arts in Human Development + Human Services provides students with a broad-based and interdisciplinary education focused on the preparation of individuals who seek a career in a wide variety of professional settings in education, human services, social services, and related fields. The major is specifically designed to encourage students to self-design their major field of study while also completing a core set of courses in the liberal arts and in the interdisciplinary field of Human Development and Human Services. In keeping with the mission of Anna Maria College, students are required to take courses that integrate the College’s commitment to liberal and professional education that fosters critical and integrated thinking, technological and quantitative literacy, scholarly and personal exploration of religious faith, the Catholic tradition and the meaning of human existence, ethical conduct, scholarly and professional knowledge, and an appreciation for the diversity of human cultures and society.

The overarching goals for the Bachelor of Arts in Human Development + Human Services program are those aligned to the Standards for Human Service Professionals. Specifically, for students to develop an understanding of the Human Service Professional’s Responsibility to clients, the community and society, to colleagues, to the profession, and to employers. 

The goals and educational objectives/student learning outcomes are to:

  • Develop an understanding of the complexity of individual and family development across the lifespan in diverse contexts and changing environments
  • Develop the ability to analyze processes, policies, and contextual factors that affect the delivery of human services to individuals and families
  • Develop professional ethical and culturally sensitive standards of conduct.


Students in this major may opt for the Early Education + Care Certification Minor. There is also a Human Services track for this major.