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Eilis Klein  Eilis Klein

Human development


Q: Why Connecticut College?
A: When I came to tour Conn on Admitted Students Day, I was walking on Tempel Green with my dad and we opened up a map to find Coffee Grounds. Someone spotted us clearly struggling to locate something and ran over to us to help. That sense of community is what made me decide to come to Conn.


Q: Why human development?
A: I was initially interested in Psych. I have always loved emotions and people, so I was naturally drawn to that subject. But Human Development offers a broader, more comprehensive look at the world, and that has really become my passion. Human Development teaches me to look at an issue from all the different perspectives at once, so no issue is an isolated, insular event. I feel like this integrated, holistic perspective more accurately depicts the world.


Q: Most challenging or rewarding class?
A: "Child Rights and Public Policy" has been my most rewarding class thus far. This course was my first experience with the integrated approach that Human Development brings to conversations about policy. We looked at how things like poverty, addiction, the Child Services system, socio-economic status, school culture and education policy all work together and separately to affect child rights and public policy. 


Q: Will you study abroad?
A: I am planning to study in Australia next spring. There are some interesting things going on in the fields of child development and psychology there!

Selected courses


  • 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

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