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Undergraduate Program

The undergraduate program is centered on the Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) major; students who complete the program receive the Bachelor of Arts degree. Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of the Department, as well as the breadth of student interests, five concentrations are available (for more detail, click below). You can also visit the Department's Student Services Center located in the Family Studies Building and get a copy of the full descriptions.

Current UConn students interested in transferring into the Human Development and Family Studies Program should bring a completed application (Transfer Application) to their first appointment with an HDFS advisor.
Please note that you must make an appointment with an HDFS advisor through our online system (

Within the requirements of the major, students may choose freely from courses available. However, for some students the Individualized Major is more appropriate, because the flexibility of that option allows them to create a focus that more directly serves their intellectual and professional interests.

The University of Connecticut Honors Program offers undergraduates a way to further enhance their education. HDFS majors who meet the eligibility requirements may participate in the Honors Program.

A distinctive feature of the undergraduate curriculum (available to all students who maintain a GPA of 2.5 or better) is the Department's program of student internships. Every year, approximately 175 students are provided with learning and service positions in agencies and programs around the state, where they have the opportunity to sharpen professional skills and to see the relevance of their academic work to the "real world" of children and families.

If you are interested in working with people there are many reasons why you should consider a major in Family Studies. Through its pre-professional education, the Department of Human Development & Family Studies prepares students in a variety of fields related to careers in human services in both business and non-profit sectors. Many of our graduates continue on to graduate studies before seeking employment.

For further information, you may visit the Department's Student Services Center.