Majoring in Human Development
Human development is the study of how people grow and change, from conception through the end of life. The changing nature of the American family, childhood and adolescence, the cultural dynamics of globalization, the influence of media on identity, children's rights, social policies, racial identity, coping and resiliency: these are just a few of the issues you explore as a human development major at Connecticut College. Your studies integrate theory, research and practice. Some students do research with professors and co-publish scholarly papers, and three-quarters of our courses have a service-learning component. Coursework will touch on anthropology, biology, economics, education, history, medicine, psychology and other subjects.
Internships and service learning
You work in the local community, putting to use what you've learned. You also learn as you work, and take that new knowledge back to class. The department works closely with the College's Office of Volunteers for Community Service to develop opportunities for you in local schools, community programs and non-profits.
Connecticut College Children's Program
The Children’s Program enrolls 90 infants and young children with a wide variety of backgrounds, abilities and special needs. You work with them alongside certified teachers, aides, therapists and administrators. What you learn at the Children's Program builds on the knowledge you gain in the classroom.
What can you do with a majorcertificate in Human Development?
Here are some of the positions our graduates have gone on to hold:
Q: Why human development?
A: After taking an introductory class, I knew that it would be a great fit for me. I like the interactive and interdisciplinary nature of the major – examining issues across the perspectives of race, class, gender, age and culture. I appreciated the close-knit community of professors and students, too.
Q: What kind of research and service learning have you done?
A: I worked with kids from infants through teens in a variety of settings, including a magnet school and a special program for students who having trouble learning. I also helped Professor Carol Akai analyze data on children's experiences of trauma as part of her research.
Q: What are your career plans?
A: I plan to continue my graduate studies in curriculum and instruction with a focus in multicultural education. After completing a doctoral program in the next five or six years, I might become a school administrator, public policy developer or professor.
- Children's Rights and Public Policy
- Children and Family Social Policies
- Children in Learning Environments
- Social and Personality Development
- Adolescent Development
- Media, Self and Society
- Children and Families in a Multicultural Society
- Social Policy Analysis in Urban America
- Developmental Research in Language: Ethnography, Socialization and the Construction of Self and Identity