Division of Education, Human Development, and Social Sciences

Division Head

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Angie Labissiere, '14

Criminal Justice major
HDFS minor
Queens, NY
Criminal Justice Club President
Resident Advisor

"The Penn State Altoona community is so welcoming. No matter what you need, there is always someone willing to help you, which is why I decided to stay here all four years. It’s been the best decision of my life."

Mission Statement

We are the Division of Education, Human Development, and Social Sciences providing innovative and transformative educational and research experiences in a student-centered learning environment.

We are committed to equipping students with the ability to think critically, solve problems, apply knowledge, demonstrate skills, engage in genuine inquiry, and communicate effectively in an ever-changing global context.

We are committed to faculty and student research, scholarship, and creative activities in all forms as it contributes to improving society, educating students, advancing knowledge in the disciplines, and enhancing Penn State Altoona's reputation as an institution of higher learning.

We are committed to pursuing this mission using interdisciplinary, innovative, and applied approaches to learning and problem solving that transcend academic specializations and organizational barriers.

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