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Human Development

Strengthen your ability to work directly with people by enhancing your understanding of human development and relational processes.

Human Development – Minor

The Human Development minor at Montana State examines current research, theory and practice across the lifespan. Humans develop within the context of their relationships, and the minor aids students in understanding typical human development and relational processes. The minor is designed to enhance the student's major area of study, is a strong complement to all majors, and allows students to select nine credits of supporting courses that align with their developmental and career interests.





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Top Public University in Montana
According to the Forbes list of America's Top Colleges, Montana State is the No. 1 Public University in the state based on value, post-graduation salary and student experience.

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Unique Opportunities
As Montana's premier research institution, Montana State offers unparalleled access to hands-on experiences in research labs, art studios, teaching farms and the surrounding wilderness.

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Enhanced Professional Knowledge
Coursework includes content and experiences that promote the development of communication skills in personal and professional contexts.



Career Resources

Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio

Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.



Human Development students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • Community Education
  • Youth Development
  • Human Services
  • Graduate Study

To explore more career possibilities, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success has a variety of tools available, including self-assessment and working with career coaches.




Sample Course Plan

For more details on what your full study plan could look like under this minor, consult the official Montana State University course catalog for specific registration and advising information.