“If you advance confidently in the direction of your dreams and endeavor to live the life that you have imagined you will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
— Henry David Thoreau

Are you ready for college? How can you develop better study habits? How do you decide what to do with your life? Can you learn skills that will help you cope better with all the choices you have to make?

Human Development courses at Dallas County Community College District are designed to prepare and equip you with the foundation that you’ll need to succeed in your college studies, your career and your life.

Your counselor or advisor may recommend HDEV courses as a part of your college plan. Check with the college you plan to attend for its policy on taking HDEV classes.

You can benefit tremendously from the knowledge gained in classes where caring professors integrate coping and planning skills with the ability to think critically and solve problems beyond the classroom.

Whether you come to community college for technical training, to improve job skills or as part of a transfer plan to a four-year institution, Human Development classes at the colleges of DCCCD can give you the foundation you’ll need for success.

See what some of our former students say about their experience in HDEV classes.

Human Development Topics

Human Development provides theoretical and practical foundations in human growth and development and skills for college success, as well as applications for decision-making in your career and personal life.

HDEV courses are organized around a variety of topics:

  • Learning and study skills
  • Educational, career and life planning strategies for success
  • Career exploration and planning
  • Interpersonal communications
  • Personal and social growth
  • Emotional understanding and control
  • Human relations skills
  • Organizational strategies
  • Conflict resolution
  • Proactively building a successful and healthy life

What Does All That Really Mean?

HDEV course topics can help you to formulate answers to difficult questions, such as:

  • How can I learn to study better and make better grades?
  • What major and career will fit my personality and my passions?
  • How can I learn to problem-solve using creative and critical thinking?
  • How can I learn to build better interpersonal relationships?
  • How can I break bad habits and form positive new ones?
  • How can I be seen as smart and successful?
  • What can I proactively do to become a better student and person?

Check our catalog for a full listing of our Human Development courses (coded as HDEV).

Our Faculty Talk About Why the Study of Human Development Is Important

Our Human Development instructors hold a deep conviction that ordinary people can create purposeful and extraordinary lives by learning specific life and career skills.

“Our Learning Framework course teaches basic skills necessary for success across the curriculum and equips students for effective academic and life pursuits. This course helps students identify their strengths, build upon these strengths and develop positive self-esteem.” — Jeri Evans, adjunct HDEV faculty, Brookhaven College

“Teaching HDEV courses is challenging and fun! Students who take these courses have made a conscious decision to take a course that will help them succeed. I love working with students who are proactive in their own education and empowering them to achieve their goals.” — Sam Govea, HDEV faculty and assistant dean, distance learning, Brookhaven College

“Human Development 1300 helps students to develop and refine skills that will support their success in both college and in their careers. This course can meet students at different developmental levels: both students who are new to college and students who are returning to school and want to refine their learning skills.” — Joe McNamara, adjunct HDEV faculty, Brookhaven College

“Prepare for college, prepare for work and prepare for life. These courses are designed to help students become prepared and successful in every area of their lives.” — Robin Washington-White, adjunct HDEV faculty and senior placement specialist, Brookhaven College

“The course I teach, ‘Psychology of Success,’ is important because it stresses the fundamental principles of success that are applicable to everyone, regardless of age, background or specialty.” — Monroe Mayes Jr., adjunct faculty, Cedar Valley College

“My role as an instructor is to help to kindle a flame for learning inside of each student I have the honor of serving. I also hope to never lose track of the fact that the student is my employer, the person I am there to serve.” — H. Steven Carter, adjunct HDEV faculty and senior program development specialist, El Centro College

“If you can believe it, you can achieve it. I enjoy seeing my students succeed in their educational goals.” — Lisa Theriot, adjunct HDEV faculty and interim executive dean, Communications, Mathematics, Developmental Studies and Teacher Preparation Division, El Centro College

“Everywhere I go, everywhere I’ve been, there are people. Interaction begins when any two people meet; relationships begin then and change every year, day by day. Adjusting to these changes is what life is all about, and the better adjustments allow for a fuller, richer life.” — Charlie Morgan, adjunct HDEV faculty and counselor, El Centro College

“Remember the classic children’s story of the little red hen? No one (not the dog, not the cat, not the duck) was willing to take responsibility except the little red hen. We in education, psychology and counseling are the ‘little red hens.’ We encourage lifelong learning; we teach curriculum that qualifies students for meeting the challenges in life; we inspired optimism; we encourage intellectual growth and we listen and respond to students with genuine concern and respect.” — Dr. Jana Flowers, HDEV and Psychology faculty, Richland College