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Human Development & Family Studies

 

Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Family Studies

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) is a four-year multidisciplinary major that presents an understanding of individual and family development and change over the life span. Students are oriented to the broad social, cultural, and historic framework within which families function and are influenced by such factors as family structure, race, gender, class, and ethnicity.

Students are exposed to the study of how social policies and various types of social services affect families, family members, and the wider context in which families reside.  The courses prepare students for a number of career pathways which include both employment and graduate study opportunities.


 Degree Requirements

Curriculum:General Education RequirementsIntroductory Courses

  • HDFS 1070: Individual and Family Development
  • PSYC 1100: General Psychology I
  • PSYC 1101/1103: General Psychology II
  • SOCI 1001: Introduction to Sociology or
  • HDFS 1060: Close Relationships

Required Courses

  • HDFS 2001: Diversity Issues in HDFS
  • HDFS 2100: Infancy – Adolescence
  • HDFS 2200: Adulthood and Aging
  • HDFS 2300: Family Interaction Processes
  • HDFS 2004W: Research Methods in HDFS
  • HDFS 3520: Legal Aspects of the Family *
  • HDFS 3530: Public Policy and the Family *
  • HDFS 3550: Comparative Family Policy *
  • HDFS 4007W: Professional Communications in HDFS

*one of the these 3 courses is required

Four Additional Upper Level HDFS courses

Related Courses

 

120 Credit45 credits12 creditsMinimum 21 credits at 2000 level or above 

 

 

 

 

 

12 Credits at 3000 level or above

12 Credits

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Human Development and Family Studies Faculty

Alaina Brenick, Assistant Professor
Laura Donorfio, Associate Professor
Lisa Eaton, Assistant Professor
Linda Halgunseth, Assistant Professor
Beth Russell, Assistant Professor


Faculty Publications/Faculty Bookshelf/Research


Frequently Asked Questions

  • WHAT IS A HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY STUDIES (HDFS) MAJOR?

A major in HDFS provides students with an in-depth, multidisciplinary understanding of individual and family development and change over the lifespan. If you are interested in working with people, a degree in HDFS will open many doors. Through its pre-professional education, HDFS prepares students for a variety of careers in human services in both business and non-profit sectors.

  • CAN I FINISH MY 4-YEAR DEGREE IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY STUDIES WITHOUT GOING TO THE STORRS CAMPUS?

Yes, you can! Students interested in completing their undergraduate degree in HDFS can take most of the courses at the Waterbury campus of their choice with careful planning. You may need to travel between campuses in order to accommodate your busy schedule.

  • CAN I OBTAIN INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE WHILE COMPLETING MY DEGREE?

Yes, you can! The undergraduate degree has been designed to take advantage of the urban locales of the cities and suburbs. Students will be encouraged to take HDFS 3080 (Supervised Field Experience) in their chosen areas of interest. Such experiences will enable students to build their resumes and explore career opportunities while completing their degrees.


Career Options

HDFS graduates have pursued employment and graduate study in a variety of fields including social work, education, and law.  Learn more about the HDFS Career Pathways.


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Contact

Judith Bomar, Ph.D.
HDFS Program Coordinator
judith.bomar@uconn.edu

Laura Donorfio, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Laura.donorfio@uconn.edu