As of Fall 2020, The Undergraduate Program in Human Development is no longer accepting new students. Students currently enrolled in this program and graduating in 2021 or 2022 are still eligible to complete the courses required for the certificate. Other students interested in a certificate program should visit https://trinity.duke.edu/undergraduate/certificates to view available offerings.
Duke University offers an undergraduate certificate in human development which involves the following:
- A curriculum emphasizing the complimentarity of biological, biomedical, psychological and sociological disciplinary perspectives.
- A research apprenticeship with a Duke faculty member.
- A senior seminar.
- Advice for curriculum planning.
- Skills in the conceptualization, implementation, evaluation and communication of developmental research.
Note: The Undergraduate Program in Human Development offers a certificate. It does not offer a major. New students are no longer being accepted into this program as of Fall 2020.
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A total of six (6) courses is required to complete the curriculum for the Certificate in Human Development. These courses are described in the Undergraduate Bulletin and are listed below as well.
- HDV 224: Human Development (also listed as SOC 224)
- One of the following two courses:
HDV 260: Psychosocial Aspects of Human Development (also listed as SOC 260 and Psy 236)
PSY 474S: Biological Psychology of Human Development
- HDV 401: Research Apprenticeship in Human Development
- HDV 450S: Senior Seminar in Human Development (to be taken during the student’s final semester)
- Two (2) elective courses from the list of biological, psychological, and sociological courses affiliated with the HDV Program and listed below.
FACULTY STEERING COMMITTEE and ADVISORS
Deborah T. Gold, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita of Medical Sociology
Departments of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Sociology, and Psychology and Neuroscience
Box 3003, Duke University Medical Center
Room 1507, Blue Zone, Hospital South
Faculty Steering Advisor
Kathryn E. Gustafson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Medical Psychology
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Box 2739 Duke University Medical Center
2424 Erwin Rd, Suite 504
Durham, NC 27705
The research apprenticeship provides an unusual opportunity for students to develop skills and participate in a research experience. The HDV Program identifies and matches students and mentors. Research findings are reported in the Senior Seminar.
Pre-medical and pre-law students as well as majors in the social and behavioral sciences have worked successfully on developmental research in labs, clinics, and programs at Duke and elsewhere. Previous topics include the following: abortion, addiction, adult cognitive styles, aging, cell change, depression, divorce, health services, immune system change, moral judgment, premature infants, retirement, self-concept, sickle cell anemia, and talented youth.
Students should register for HDV 124 during their sophomore year and begin planning for their apprenticeships at that time as well. Research papers from the apprenticeship are sometimes revised for presentation at scholarly meetings or publication in scientific journals.
|EVANTH 101/101D||Intro to EVANTH|
|EVANTH 220||Human Evolution|
|Biology 154||AIDS / Emerging Disease|
|Education 243S||Children, Schools, and Society|
|Education 321S||Infancy/Early Childhood Educational Program|
|Psychology 103||Developmental Psychology|
|Psychology 106||Biological Bases of Behavior|
|Psychology 325||Social Development|
|Psychology 339S||Life Span Analysis|
|Public Policy 243S||Children, Schools, and Society|
|Sociology 349||Sexuality and Society|
|Sociology 350||Changing American Family|
|Sociology 263||Aging and Health|
|Sociology 264||Death and Dying|
**NOTE: Students may count ONLY two (2) courses toward both their major and their Human Development Certificate.
THE CLASS OF 2020
Anne Alexandra Miller
Kayla Marie Harris (Graduation with Distinction in Psychology)
Yeon Ju Suh (Graduation with Distinction in Psychology)
Caitlyn R. Martinez
THE CLASS OF 2019
Sophie Amanda Bell
Claire D. Stout (Magna Cum Laude)
Bridget Wallace (Graduation with Distinction Outside the Major)
Samantha Anne Woog (Graduation with Distinction Outside the Major)
Margaret May Haas (Magna Cum Laude)
THE CLASS OF 2018
Rimel Mwanba (Robertson Scholar)
Samantha Erin Neal
Emily Karen Pesek
THE CLASS OF 2017
Ashton Reed Huey
Megan Lian Snyder
THE CLASS OF 2016
Lisa Frances Touhey (Graduation with Distinction Outside the Major)
THE CLASS OF 2015
Maggie Hammerle (Graduation with Distinction Outside the Major)
THE CLASS OF 2014
Miryea R. Ayala
Tara Gavcovich (Distinction in Human Development)
Kyler Shumway (Distinction in Human Development)
THE CLASS OF 2013
Lorelei Phillip (Distinction in Human Development)
THE CLASS OF 2012
Ziwei Wang (Distinction)
THE CLASS OF 2011
Bernice Ponce de Leon
THE CLASS OF 2010
THE CLASS OF 2009
Leigh Ann Samsa
THE CLASS OF 2008
THE CLASS OF 2007
Bette Ann Schlossberg
THE CLASS OF 2006
SHIN Receives Benenson Award in the Arts!
Jaewook (Jay) Shin (T 16, HDV 16) has received the prestigious Benenson Award in the Arts from the Benenson Award Committee. The title of Shin’s project is Music as Medicine –Bringing Music to Residents at Durham Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. During his postgraduate year (2016-17) while he is also working on a master’s degree, Shin will be working with a local nursing home—Durham Nursing and Rehabilitation Center—to introduce targeted music to the residents there. According to his Benenson Award Recommendation, Shin, “…strongly believes that the long-term care residents at the DNRC have significant holes in their lives that can be filled with music, and that they can benefit psychologically and socially from this intervention. His ideas are supported by a growing literature that shows the remarkable impact of personalized music on older adults with dementia.” Shin will be developing personalized music interventions to see if there is an impact on quality of life.
EMERY Publishes Thesis in Yale Publication
Eric Emery (T 13, HDV 13) has just had his senior thesis accepted for publication by the Yale Review of Undergraduate Research in Psychology. This annual publication selects the best and most original psychology research from undergraduates around the world. Emery’s Human Development/Senior Honors Thesis work was supervised by his faculty mentor Sharron L. Docherty, PhD, PNP-BC, FAAN, an Associate Professor in Duke’s School of Nursing. Emery is currently a Research Assistant at the National Institutes of Health.
KUO WINS AWARD
Patricia Kuo (Psychology, 05; Human Development Certificate, 05) was recently awarded the American Society on Aging’s Undergraduate Paper Award.
Patricia, under the guidance of Professor Judith C. Hays of the School of Nursing and the Aging Center, did research using the Duke EPESE data and submitted her paper, Life satisfaction and depressive symptoms among highly religious and non-affiliated elderly persons of the North Carolina community. Her award was presented at the 2005 Joint Conference of the American Society on Aging and The National Council on the Aging in Philadelphia in March 2005.
HOLMAN WINS DEPARTMENTAL HONORS FOR PAPER
Regi Holman (Sociology, 05; Human development certificate, 05) won the Ida Harper Simpson Undergraduate Writing Award from the Department of Sociology for 2005. Regi’s paper was entitled, My Daddy Wants Tenure: Academic Family Men, the Normative Expectations of Today’s Family, and Implications for Current University Family Policy. Regi completed her human development research with Professor M.E. Hughes of the Sociology Department, and her research apprenticeship paper was entitled, the rich get richer: a study of education differentials in marriage.