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Human Development and Family Sciences

HDFS is a multidisciplinary major. Students study the development of children and families within their social, cultural, and relational contexts and across the lifespan.

We focus on interactions within the family as well as family’s interactions with other social institutions.

We prepare our students to work with children and families in nonprofit, health services, and educational organizations- as well as prepare them to go on to graduate school if they are interested in research and specializing in an area of our study.

Degree Requirements


Admitted Students Fall 2017
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Human Development and Family Studies Faculty

Hartford Campus

Alaina Brenick
Associate Professor

Maria LaRusso
Assistant Professor

Waterbury Campus

Laura Donorfio
Associate Professor

Linda Halgunseth
Associate Professor

Beth Russell
Associate Professor

Frequently Asked Questions

Career Options

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