make a BIG difference, across the lifespan.
Although we live in a high-speed world, one thing remains constant: the human life cycle. Tiny babies develop into energetic children, who become young adults, who have relationships and families, and move step by step toward old age. Each phase brings its own unique challenges, and that’s where the study of human development and family studies comes in.
At URI, Human Development and Family Studies (HDF) examines this amazing process of growth and development, emphasizing the impact of family and community on quality of life. Here you’ll gain the skills and tools to make a difference in people’s lives, working with them in early childhood or youth programs, at colleges and universities, through personal counseling or family therapy, or at senior centers and long-term care facilities.
- HDF Major
The HDF program has been a life changing experience – it has given me a unique outlook on careers and life itself, through internships and practicum work. I never imagined working in family and community settings would be so rewarding and fulfilling.
Why HDF at URI?
ON-SITE LEARNING LABS.
Whatever program you choose, you won’t have to go far for real world experience, with opportunities for observation and interaction at the department’s child development centers, couple and family therapy clinic, and gerontology outreach programs.
SO MANY CAREER PATHS.
Practical experience is an integral part of all HDF programs, so you’ll be able to learn first-hand about career options, and get a head start on your future. Whether you choose social work, teaching, counseling, or one of the many other options, you’ll be well prepared to take on the real world.
As an HDF student, you have the option to take classes and engage in fieldwork and practical experiences at URI’s Providence campus or in Kingston, whichever is more convenient for you.