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Human Development and Family Studies

Dedicate your career to the wellbeing of people young and old, across diverse contexts

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook, there has been 11% job growth for Child & Family Service Workers, making it a “faster than average” growing industry.

The department of Human Development and Family Studies combines several undergraduate and graduate programs that focus on understanding development over the life span, from childhood to old age, within the context of family, culture and society. You will benefit from interdisciplinary relationships with the departments of Social Work, Psychology, Sociology, Nutrition, Management and others.

“All of the courses I took at University of Saint Joseph forced me to find the real-world applications between my education and future work through field studies, meaningful research, internships, and independent study. I left college knowing not only the theories, frameworks, and research of my field, but also how to apply that knowledge to my work with individuals and families.” --Kari-Lyn Osborn, Family Studies '09


  • Understand the development and implications of theoretical perspectives
  • Use a strengths-based approach to serving others
  • Build reciprocal partnerships with children and families in the context of their cultures and communitities
  • Apply research, theory and objective observation to work with children and families

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USJ’s Chair of Human Development and Family Studies Speaks on Watkinson Panel

Reading Time: 1 minute On Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, Chair and Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies Patrick Nickoletti, Ph.D., participated in Watkinson School’s panel on “Middle School Years: Myths, Realities, and What a Parent Can Do,” held at the Children’s Museum in West Hartford. He spoke alongside neuropsychologist Gary Isenberg, Ph.D., and retired educator and middle

USJ’s School for Interdisciplinary Health and Science Partners with Jumoke Academy

Reading Time: 2 minutes On Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, members of the School for Interdisciplinary Health and Science (SIHS) visited Jumoke Academy in Hartford as part of a volunteer Interdisciplinary Project. With students and faculty from the University of Saint Joseph (USJ), Jumoke students crafted Valentine’s Day cards for patients at Saint Francis Hospital. This event is part of

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