HDFS Student Services Center, Family Studies Building, Room 123
The HDFS Student Services Center is available to any undergraduate student who is interested in the field of Human Development and Family Sciences. Whether you’re an HDFS major, minor, or just want to learn more, we can help you with almost anything related to the field! If you’d like to explore an HDFS major or minor, select courses, plan your graduation goals, build your schedule, understand university policies, or have any other academic concern, come meet with us!
What can I talk about with an advisor?
We can help you understand some of your career options as an HDFS major, as well as other opportunities such as internships and fieldwork placements. If you’re looking for internships or fieldwork placements or if you’re wondering how to get involved on campus, we’ll point you in the right direction. We also help students make decisions about graduate schools, career goals, and other big decisions. Make an appointment with an advisor to learn more.
Because we serve many students, meetings are by appointment only
Undergraduate Academic Advisor
Kristin Van Ness
I'm Madison and I'm a first year HDFS PhD student studying developmental contexts and mental health outcomes. As an undergrad I majored in HDFS and Psychology. I am looking forward to meeting you!
My name is Madeline. I'm a first-year doctoral student in the HDFS program. I study how gender, sexuality, and religion impact close relationships, especially LGBTQ+ romantic relationships and parenting. I look forward to meeting and assisting you in your college career!
Who is my Advisor?
All Human Development and Family Sciences students at the Storrs campus are assigned to Kristin Van Ness, the full time professional Academic Advisor, and may additionally make appointments with HDFS graduate assistants, who work in the HDFS Student Services Center. Exceptions are for Honors and Early Childhood Development and Education (ECD/E) students. If you are an honors student, your advisor is Dr. Alaina Brenick. If you are in the ECD/E program, you will be assigned to one of three faculty who specialize in that area. All students can see their assigned advisor in the Student Administration System. All Honors and ECD/E students may make an appointment with Kristin Van Ness for general HDFS questions and concerns.
We do not have assigned faculty advisors for HDFS, but we encourage our students to build relationships with our faculty. Each of our career pathways lists faculty who specialize in that area and are available for specific questions.
How do I make an appointment with an Advisor?
Booking an Appointment
Please visit nexus.uconn.edu to schedule an appointment with an advisor. You can select from any advisor listed during a time that is best for you.
If you’re unable to attend your scheduled appointment for whatever reason, please officially cancel the appointment. Appointments are 30 minutes and are reserved just for you.
What can I do until my meeting?
Check out what courses are required:
Below are helpful forms that detail required courses and course options. You can bring this information with you to your advisor to go over together.
- Courses required for the major
- General Education Requirements
- For more information or to learn more about CLAS and Gen Ed requirements, visit the CLAS Academic Services Center.
- HDFS Related Courses
- Current HDFS Plan of Study Requirements: 2022-2023
To find previous plans of study and more forms and resources, see the HDFS Forms and Resources page.
See what classes are offered:
Please visit the Undergraduate Course Catalog for a full list of HDFS courses offered. To learn which classes are offered in a given semester, please visit the Student Administration System (i.e., PeopleSoft).