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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign University of Illinois Sesquicentennial College of ACES
Department of Human Development and Family Studies
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Meet Current and Past Students

The HDFS department, with its small size, allows for an intimate setting in the classroom. Students are able to connect more with both classmates and professors. Here, you are not just known as a statistic, but on a first name basis. HDFS is filled with research opportunities, study abroad adventures, and both professional and volunteer student organizations.Nettie DeWeese, HDFS Class of 2016

The HDFS department has truly made my college experience thus far. The opportunity that the department gives to make connections with faculty is like no other department at the University of Illinois. Some of the relationships that I have built with faculty are the reason I have found direction with my career goals and motivation to achieve them.Samantha Addante, HDFS Class of 2017

I appreciate the variety of classes offered in the major and the usefulness of the information presented in the classes. This information is helpful for even non-HDFS major students. It provides life skills, communication, and problem solving skills. I have learned how to be a better person and researcher in addition to how to better advise and help those in crisis.Jordan Magold, HDFS Class of 2015

[HDFS] allows me to learn more about people not only as individuals, but as parts of families, communities, and society as a whole. I love that it is so easy for you to get involved with a wide variety of opportunities...Jasmine Washington, HDFS Class of 2016

My dream job is to become a professor and conduct research on relationship education programs as well as develop my own online relationship education program. HDFS has helped me with this by creating a strong foundation for me to build on as I go to graduate school.Jeremy Kanter, Former HDFS Class of 2014, now a PhD student at University of Missouri