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Human Development and Family Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #501 (QS) Storrs, CT, United States
Most students choose to focus their work in one or more of the following concentrations: Early Childhood Development and Education, Childhood and Adolescence, Family Relationships: Services and Counseling, Family in Society: Social Policy and Planning, Adult Development and Aging.
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Welcome to the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Connecticut. Students who complete the undergraduate program (HDFS major) receive a Bachelor of Arts degree. Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of the Department, as well as the breadth of students’ interests, we have indicated 11 different career pathways our students may pursue.

Family Life Education (FLE)

Family Life Educators work with families of diverse backgrounds on such issues as financial planning, education, work-family issues, parenting, sexuality, gender, and more. Family life education uses a psycho-education approach to focus on healthy family functioning from a family systems perspective with an emphasis on prevention.

Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE)

Students who complete the Early Childhood Development and Education Concentration are qualified, upon graduation to receive the State of Connecticut Early Childhood Teaching Credential. Students are prepared to take a position as a head teacher in a preschool, or infant/toddler classroom. This would also be considered exceptional preparation for a graduate program in Elementary and or Special Education.

Early Childhood Development

Students who complete the Early Childhood Development concentration will be prepared upon graduation to take a position as a teaching assistant in a birth-preschool classroom/program. The concentration is an outstanding preparation for students interested in pursuing graduate programs in allied health professions such as Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech and Language, or Elementary and/or Special Education.

Public Policy and Law

For students interested in pursuing graduate school or a career in the legal field, policy making, public administration, or policy analysis, including work as an attorney, human rights advocate, legislative aide/researcher, policy analyst and researcher and related positions.

Counseling and Therapy

For students interested in pursuing a career as a helping professional. Students who follow a counseling or therapy track often go to graduate school and enroll in one of the following programs: Marriage and Family Therapy, Clinical Social Work, Psychology, or Professional/Rehabilitation Counseling. These degree paths enable one to develop the skills necessary to intervene with individuals, couples, and families in ways that improve psychological and relational wellbeing.

Child and Adolescent Development

For students interested in pursuing a graduate education or career opportunities in the areas of youth program services, human/social services, research, and government/public policy. Students will advance their knowledge on how family, culture, and neighborhoods influence child and adolescent development.

Social Work

For students interested in pursuing graduate school or a career working with children and families in clinical and community settings; community organizing, social justice, policy analysis and advocacy, and working with various human rights organizations and in health and mental health fields, among other related positions.

Families and Disabilities

Disabilities are a universal aspect of the human experience. This career path is for individuals who are interested in thinking critically about the “lived lives” of individuals with disabilities, their families, and community. Graduates with BA’s might work in schools, community residences, or intervention and support programs for children, youth, adults, and families. This focus prepares students for graduate study in: disabilities studies; education; special education; clinical, social, or school psychology; public policy; public health; or sociology.

Public Health

For students interested in pursuing graduate and professional degrees in the field of health or a career in health promotion and education, health administration, health service evaluation, health research, health advocacy, hospital/managed care administration, community outreach, or related positions.

Family and Consumer Sciences

Family and Consumer Sciences Educator: this career path will provide the FCS content courses needed by students interested in teaching human development and family studies, nutritional sciences and food production, textiles and apparel, and related courses to middle and high school students. Graduate level work will be required to complete the FCS teacher certification process.


(Gerontology offered as a minor) The aging boom has produced a growing number of career paths available now and in the future for persons interested in working with, for, and on behalf of the older adult population. While many of the career paths listed here do require graduate training, opportunities do exist in the aging field with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Some of the more popular career opportunities in aging include: older adult programming and social service, government/public policy, elder law, long-term care and planning, housing specialist, education, health administration, gerontological social work, intergenerational and family research, business, and technology.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Close Relationships Across the Lifespan
  • Individual and Family Development
  • Special Topics Lecture
  • Diversity Issues in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Research Methods in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Human Development: Infancy Through Adolescence
  • Human Development: Adulthood and Aging
  • Family Interaction Processes
  • Baseball and Society: Politics, Economics, Race and Gender
  • Supervised Field Experience

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • A Completed Common Application or Coalition Application
  • $80 Application Fee (non-refundable)
  • Essay & Two Optional Letters of Recommendation
  • Official Secondary School Transcripts
  • Official SAT or ACT Scores
  • English Proficiency Requirement
  • Fine Arts Applicants
  • Special Program Applicants

Tuition Fee

  • International

    35216 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 35216 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    35216 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 35216 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    12848 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12848 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Storrs

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

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