School of Education and Social Policy
Human Development and Social Policy Graduate Program
The Human Development and Social Policy (HDSP) doctoral program, founded in 1981 under the
leadership of Dr. Bernice Neugarten, prepares students to conduct research to understand and to attack the very human problems that pose the greatest challenges to society in this new century.
The overarching aim of HDSP scholarship is to improve human lives by examining and understanding how policies affect the lives of people through the life course and
how people can analyze and affect policy. It does so by promoting an interdisciplinary understanding of how people develop, how various experiences and contexts affect human lives, the underlying logic of program design
and evaluation, the ways in which political agendas are set and how political forces distribute opportunities in a democracy.
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