Human Development & Family Studies

Human Development and Family Studies

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Envision yourself working with at-risk youth? Or as a rehabilitation counselor or public health administrator? You’ve come to the right place. Prepare yourself for countless in-demand careers in education, social services and healthcare with our outstanding, broad-based  programs.

Engage in interdisciplinary coursework, experiential learning in diverse settings and collaborative research with renowned faculty at UNH’s Child Study and Development Center, Family Connections Center and Marriage and Family Therapy Center. Be ahead of the curve in today’s complex world. We have a 100 percent placement rate – with all of our alums employed in their field or enrolled in graduate education within six months of graduating.

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  • Human development and family studies senior Marissa Brockman will join the Dover Children's Home as a case manager this fall. 
    Human development and family studies senior Marissa Brockman will join the Dover Children's Home as a case manager this fall. 
  • Meet an ACE Mentor
    Name: Aizlyn AlfonsoHometown: Swanzey, NHMajor: Human Development and Family Studies/Educational StudiesGraduation Year: 2019 Why be an ACE Mentor? What attracted you towards the position? I was nominated by my boss and I was eager to be a representative of my college and my specific major and...
    Meet an ACE Mentor
    Name: Aizlyn AlfonsoHometown: Swanzey, NHMajor: Human Development and Family Studies/Educational StudiesGraduation Year: 2019 Why be an ACE Mentor? What attracted you towards the position? I was nominated by my boss and I was eager to be a representative of my college and my specific major and...
  • Keryn Bernard-Kriegl is a UNH alumna several times over.  A 1989 graduate of the UNH Leisure Management and Tourism program, Keryn received her M.S. in Family Studies in 1993.  She also completed a certificate in supervisory skills at UNH. After completing her master's degree, Keryn worked at...
    Keryn Bernard-Kriegl is a UNH alumna several times over.  A 1989 graduate of the UNH Leisure Management and Tourism program, Keryn received her M.S. in Family Studies in 1993.  She also completed a certificate in supervisory skills at UNH. After completing her master's degree, Keryn worked at...
  • I am an alum of the 2011 Family Studies Class.  After graduation, I moved back to CT where I worked for Bright Horizons as an infant teacher. I was fortunate enough to be hired as the core group of teachers to open Bright Horizon's ESPN KidsCenter in Bristol, CT which is a school for faculty and...
    I am an alum of the 2011 Family Studies Class.  After graduation, I moved back to CT where I worked for Bright Horizons as an infant teacher. I was fortunate enough to be hired as the core group of teachers to open Bright Horizon's ESPN KidsCenter in Bristol, CT which is a school for faculty and...
  • Meghann Hickey is an alumni from Abington, MA and graduated with the class of 2014 majoring in Human Development and Family Studies. I love how much real-world classroom time the UNH HDFS program has. Teaching, especially with young children, cannot fully be learned from a textbook. It takes real-...
    Meghann Hickey is an alumni from Abington, MA and graduated with the class of 2014 majoring in Human Development and Family Studies. I love how much real-world classroom time the UNH HDFS program has. Teaching, especially with young children, cannot fully be learned from a textbook. It takes real-...

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