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 combine theory, research and practice and will touch on anthropology, biology, economics, education, history, medicine and psychology, among other subjects. Some students do research with professors and co-publish scholarly papers, and three-quarters of our courses have a service-learning component. Apply to a center for interdisciplinary scholarship, choose an Integrative Pathway, or study or intern abroad to hone in on your interests and make the most of your academic experience.

Internships and service learning

You work in the local community, putting to use what you've learned. You learn as you work, and take that new knowledge back to class. The department works closely with the College's Community Partnerships 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.