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.
|Curriculum:General Education RequirementsIntroductory Courses
Four Additional Upper Level HDFS courses
|120 Credit45 credits12 creditsMinimum 21 credits at 2000 level or above
12 Credits at 3000 level or above
Human Development and Family Studies Faculty
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.
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.
Judith Bomar, Ph.D.
HDFS Program Coordinator
Laura Donorfio, Ph.D.