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Human Development

The Behavioral and Social Sciences Division at El Camino College offers a variety of Human Development courses designed to enhance student success in college by introducing or strengthening skills necessary to reach education and career goals.

El Camino College's Human Development courses are designed to help students focus on their goals, as well as to determine how to achieve them.  Also, students may use Human Development courses to investigate career paths and gain knowledge of potential careers.  Students are provided opportunities to explore issues such as: how much education or training is required for various majors, how the line of promotion works, what is expected from entry-level employees, what the workplace might be like, and what kind of salary might be expected. 

Human Development course offerings include:

  • Career Planning
  • Orientation to College Educational Planning and Guidance
  • Strategies for Success in College

Career Planning

These essential courses provide each student with career planning techniques based on: self-examination of interests, personality, skills, and values.  Students participate in assessment inventories, skill exercises, career research, and group activities to find careers that are best suited for specific skills and interests.  The Career Center is used for additional research and to further investigate specific work environments.

Orientation to College Educational Planning and Guidance

This introductory course is designed for first-year college students. Topics covered in the course include: matriculation, financial aid, cultural diversity, instructional styles, learning styles, self-esteem, study skills, decision making, goal setting, and educational planning. Attention is also given to issues unique to specific students, such as international students and students involved with Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOP&S).

Strategies for Success in College

In this course, students will gain the knowledge, skills and personal/interpersonal awareness necessary for success in college. Students will be personally guided to establish realistic academic and vocational/career goals, while examining their overall goals for their future. Students will also create a personal education plan based on assessment information, self-examination, and knowledge of programs and services provided by the college.'

Excellence. It's a Choice

Excellent course to take if you ...

  • ... want to learn strategies to succeed in college.
  • ... plan to transfer - ALL Human Development courses transfer.
  • ... want to prepare for your career.
  • ... just graduated from high school.
  • ... are returning to college after a taking a break.


Factors Influencing Success in College and Life: Students will identify, integrate and apply cognitive, psychological, social and physical factors influencing success in college and in life.                   

Determining Outcomes for Success in College: Students will demonstrate active learning, critical thinking and personal responsibility in determining outcomes for success in college.                               

Interdependence: Students will develop interdependence and employ strategies for establishing effective and supportive relationships within diverse college and community environments.


Questions? Contact Us

Dr. Christina Gold, Dean

Social Science Building, Room 101

Phone: 310-660-3735