The Department of Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago is an interdisciplinary program in the social sciences that links theory and methodology from fields such as cultural psychology, comparative behavioral biology, sociology, and anthropology.
The Department offers programs of research leading to BA and PhD, as well as graduate and undergraduate study in life course development, mental health, personality, and emotions, cross cultural studies (including psychological anthropology and cultural psychology), and comparative behavioral biology. The research interests of the faculty represent various disciplines within the social sciences. Emphasis is upon the interrelations of biological, psychological, and sociocultural forces at different points in the life cycle. The primary objectives of the Department are to provide education for innovative careers in research and teaching, and to contribute to the interdisciplinary understanding of human behavior. Students in the Department pursue careers in human development, psychology, anthropology, biology, sociology, and education.
Since 1913, the University of Chicago has been continuously accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.