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There are many opportunities for alumni to get involved with the department. If you live in the Long Beach area you can host a practicum student (HDEV 470) at your place of employment. As alumni of our department, we believe that you have valuable experiences to share with our current undergraduate students.
Human Development Alumni
Graduated from CSULB with B.A. in Human Development: 1995
Additional Education: Masters of Social Work (MSW) and Masters Science Gerontology (MSG) from University of Southern California in 2000. Became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in 2006
Current Position: Primary Therapist at a group home for severely emotionally disturbed adolescents.
How Human Development influenced career path: The Human Department of Development provides a strong foundation for the biopsychosocial emphasis that is so important in social work. Human Development graduates are well rounded and centered.
Advice for current students: Think graduate school (as you are well prepared) and try to get a feel for your preference for administration, research, clinical, preferred settings and populations. Human Development graduates have many options.
Graduated from CSULB with B.A. in Human Development: 2004
Additional Education: Masters in Family Studies and Human Development from the University of Arizona in 2006. Currently completing doctoral degree at University of Arizona.
Current Position: Part-time research assistant and undergraduate academic advisor at the University of Arizona.
How Human Development influenced career path: My undergraduate degree gave me a great background in Human Development. The opportunities the program gave me (e.g., my research internship) helped me get into and be prepared for grad school. My courses challenged me and gave me a great base of knowledge for my future studies.
Advice for current students: Get involved in the program! Join the student association, seek out additional opportunities to work with faculty or on projects, and do an internship you’re really interested in.
Graduated from CSULB with B.A. in Human Development: 2003
Additional Education: Emergency Medical Technician certification in 2003. Currently completing a Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (anticipated graduation date of August 2007).
Current Position: Full time student with barely enough time to sleep
How Human Development influenced career path: My degree in Human Development at Long Beach prepared me in many ways for where I am today. First, the education I received at Long Beach gave me a broad knowledge base. Second, my knowledge of different cultures, classes, and ages increased; catapulting my knowledge and understanding of people.
Advice for current students: My only advice is that a degree in Human Development at Long Beach can apply towards a wide array of occupations; from teaching to medicine or pharmaceutical sales to Human Resources. Whatever your future endeavors may be, a solid background in Human Development studies will only help you. I found out during my senior year at Long Beach that I liked medicine, so here I am today finishing up my Masters in Physician Assistant Studies.
||Denver Eriguel NinoGraduated from CSULB with B.A. in Human Development: 2005
Additional Education Currently obtaining a Master of Arts degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Southern California (anticipated graduation date of Spring 2007).
Current Position: Graduate student studying various therapeutic modalities or techniques that allow patients who have been affected by a debilitating disease or disability to be more independent and to function as productive members in society.
How Human Development influenced career path: Human Development has greatly affected my studies at USC. It has prepared me through its various psychology, sociology, anthropology, and especially research methods classes (core subjects needed in the program). My training in Human Development has also allowed me to be more aware of the various cultures, beliefs, traditions and ways of life that must always be taken into consideration when providing health care to patients.
Advice for current students: I recommend that all Human Development Majors (THE BEST MAJOR AT CSULB!) take advantage of what CSULB and especially the department has to offer. Be involved in the forums, HDEV meetings, speakers, the honor society, bake sales, and fundraising events because it not only helps you get the most up to date information regarding your major and to meet other HDEV majors, but allows us as HDEV majors to show and prove to others that this major is a professional program that prides itself on allowing various academic disciplines to teach us about the world as a whole. Furthermore, being proactive allows us to increase the credibility of this major, teaching people that HUMAN DEVELOPMENT is not human resources but a part of the behavioral sciences aimed at a multi disciplinary approach.
||Rhonda Holden and David Gruca
Graduated from CSULB with B.A. in Human Development: 2005
Additional Education Both are currently obtaining Master of Arts degrees in Applied Anthropolgy at CSULB (anticipated graduation date of Spring 2008).
Current Position: Both David and Rhond are graduate students. For his thesis, David is studying accessibility issues in the travel and tourism industry from the perspective of a mobility challenged person in a wheelchair. Rhonda’s thesis project is founding a non-profit organization that will conduct research and advocate for equal access for people with disabilities in the travel and tourism industry.
How Human Development influenced career path: It is the multi-disciplinary education that Human Development provided that has led both Rhonda and David to pursue their exciting research that will impact social inclusion for people with disabilities.