Human Development & Family Studies Programs

Dedicate your career to the well-being 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.

As an HDFS Student, You Will

  • 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 communities
  • Apply research, theory and objective observation to work with children and families

Undergraduate Programs

Graduate Programs

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

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    Patrick Nickoletti, Ph.D.
    Chair, Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
    Phone: 860.231.5313
    Email:[email protected]

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