HDFS Major Information


We appreciate your interest in Human Development and Family Studies and welcome you to join our program. Current UConn students interested in declaring a major should visit the program plan change website and follow all steps and forms.



Students already in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences can choose to double major with HDFS and another CLAS major. You will need approval (signatures) from advisors in both programs. Start by printing a "Double Major form" and bring this to your advising appointment.

*Please note that you must make an appointment with an HDFS advisor through our online system (nexus.uconn.edu).

 *Non-UConn students should apply to the University indicating Human Development & Family Studies as their intended major (www.admissions.uconn.edu).


Courses required for the major

General Education Requirements

HDFS Related Courses

Application - Early Childhood Development and Education Teacher Preparation

Teacher Certification Information



Our department offers a variety of courses each semester. Please visit the Student Administration System (i.e., PeopleSoft) to learn which classes are being offered in any given semester.


The requirements to earn a Bachelor of Arts in HDFS are based on the year that you entered the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Please find the correct plan of study for your graduation requirements below:

Fall 2016 semester through Spring 2019

Fall 2011 semester through Spring 2016

If you entered the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences prior to Fall 2011, please see the Academic Advisor, Kristin Van Ness Scrivano (kristin.van_ness@uconn.edu) for assistance.



HDFS 3080 (fieldwork) provides students with an opportunity  to:

- Work under the supervision of professionals in settings whose purpose and functions are related to the development and welfare of the individual and family

- Integrate their classroom learning with this practical experience under the guidance of a faculty supervisor in a fieldwork seminar

- Develop skills and knowledge that will contribute to a future graduate school program or employment opportunity

Spring 2019 fieldwork Application

Contact Information for Fieldwork Settings 

Childhood to Adolescent

Adulthood and Aging

Family Relationships: Services and Counseling

Family and Society: Social Policy and Planning

The above documents contain contact information for various fieldwork placements. Students can reach out to the different sites to inquire about their organizations and the availability of completing their fieldwork there.