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The Associate of Applied Science in Human Services Technology is offered at the Ashtabula and Salem campuses. The program is designed to prepare graduates for entry-level positions in a variety of human services agencies. The program includes applied courses in human services and joint university-agency supervised internships. The core courses provide a solid foundation in case management and client advocacy. The coursework in the associate degree articulates fully to the Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies, Human Services Technology Option.

Entrance into the Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies, Human Services Technology option, at Kent is selective. To be considered for admission, students must meet all professional requirements, and have completed the Associate of Applied Science in Human Services Technology degree requirements. Additional requirements include a cumulative GPA of 2.5 for the following courses: ENG 11011 and 21011, HDFS 14027 or HST 11000, HDFS 24011 and 24012, PSYC 11762, SOC 12050. Students must also attain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in HDFS 14027/HST 11000, HDFS 24011 and 24012. For more information about the Kent State baccalaureate program, contact your advisor.

Career Opportunities

Social and human service assistants held about 339,000 jobs in 2006. Over 60 percent were employed in the health care and social assistance industries. Nearly 3 in 10 were employed by State and local governments, primarily in public welfare agencies and facilities for mentally disabled and developmentally challenged individuals.

(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Admission Requirements

Admission is open to anyone with a high school diploma or its equivalent. Admission includes approval of an application and remediation of deficiencies in English, reading and mathematics.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 67 credit hours. Minimum 2.000 cumulative GPA and a minimum of 2.500 in all major courses.

Student Organizations

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Type Legend: KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts; KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences


Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core requirements.


Type Course Title Credits
  US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
II. MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (36 credits)  Courses count in major GPA 
Type Course Title Credits
  HDFS 24011 Interpersonal Relationships and Families 3
Community Health (3) or
Introduction to Public Health (3)
  HST 11000 Introduction to Human Services 1
    11001 Group Process in Human Services    2
    11002 Survey of Community Resources 3
    21000 Dynamics of Helping Relationship 3
    21001 Assessment of Client Needs 3
    21002 Client Advocacy and Case Management 3
    21092 Internship I * 3
    21192 Internship II * 3
  Choose from the following: 9
  COMM 20001 Interpersonal Communication (3)  
  COMT 11000 Introduction to Computer Systems (3)  
KSS GERO 14029 Introduction to Gerontology  
  HDFS 24012 Child Development (3)**  
    24013 Early Adolescence (3)  
    24095 Special Topics in HDFS (3)  
    25512 Management of Family Resources (3)**  
    34031 Cultural Diversity (3) **  
    41095 Special Topics in HDFS (3)  
  HED 11570 Personal Health (3)  
    32530 Drug Use and Misuse (3)  
    32544 Human Sexuality (3)  
  ITAP 16620 Word Processing I (3)  
    16639 Database Applications (3)  
    26650 Medical Billing Procedures (3)  
  JUS 12000 Introduction to Justice Studies (3)  
  PH 10002 Introduction to Global Health (3)  
KSS PSYC 21211 Psychology of Adjustment (3)  
  SOC 22778 Social Problems (3)  
Type Course Title Credits
KAD COMM 15000 Introduction to Human Communication 3
  ENG 20002

Introduction to Technical Writing (3)
Kent Core Composition (3-4)
  HED 14020 Medical Terminology 3
KSS PSYC 11762 General Psychology 3
KSS SOC 12050 Introduction to Sociology 3
  Choose from the following: 3
  PSYC 40111 Abnormal Psychology (3)  
    41532 Social Psychology (3)  
    41581 Health Psychology (3)  
  SOC 32762 Deviant Behavior (3)  
  Kent Core Basic Sciences 3
  Kent Core Composition 3
  Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts 3
  Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning 3

* Minimum internship hours 256 per semester.

** Students preparing to enroll in the BS in HDFS, Human Services Technology option, should take these courses when choosing electives: HDFS 24012, HDFS 25512, HDFS 34031 and ENG 21011.