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Human Development and Family Science - B.S.

In the Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Science program at Kent State, students gain an understanding of human development and how it is impacted by family and society. With experienced faculty and the ability to work in diverse settings, graduates of this program are prepared to make a positive impact on individuals, families and communities. Read more...

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Program Description

Full Description

The Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Science offers an interdisciplinary approach to individual and family development. Students receive the knowledge and skills needed to help individuals and families across the lifespan to flourish in a global society. The degree prepares students for a wide range of careers in diverse settings, including family and community-based social services, prevention, nonprofit administration and family and community intervention. Core coursework focuses on development across the lifespan and understanding family relationships, the environments in which individuals live and learn and the unique strengths and needs of diverse individuals and families.

The Human Development and Family Science major comprises the following concentrations:

  • The Case Management for Individuals and Families concentration provides training in needs assessment and the utilization of available public and private resources. Case managers provide assistance to individuals and families by coordinating services and access to resources. Students in this concentration learn the skills necessary to understand clients' needs and goals, and develop a plan to achieve these goals with the resources and services available to them. Graduates are eligible for securing positions in a wide array of social service agencies.
  • The Child and Youth Development concentration prepares students for working with children and adolescents in non-school settings such as residential treatment, group care, community youth services, foster care and after-school programs. Graduates are able to design and deliver developmentally appropriate programs, preparing children and youth for productive adulthood by emphasizing skills and competency development.
  • The Family Life Education concentration prepares graduates to develop and implement educational programming for parents, couples and families in a variety of education and human service settings. Family life educators teach individuals and families effective communication skills, positive self-esteem, parenting skills and healthy interpersonal skills. Graduates are eligible to apply to be certified family life educators (CFLE), a credential granted by the National Council on Family Relations.
  • The Gerontology concentration prepares graduates for professional positions in the diverse field of aging, including health and wellness, community-based social services, retirement communities, adult-care centers and nursing homes. The curriculum provides students with a solid understanding of typical age-related changes and how these changes affect a person physiologically, psychologically and socially. According to the U.S. Census, 20 percent of the total population will be 65 or older by 2030. Because of the increasing number of older persons and the fact that people are generally living longer, there is a growing need for people to work in the field of aging.
  • The Human Services concentration is a completer program for students who hold an associate degree in human services. This concentration prepares graduates for entry-level positions in a variety of human service agencies, including child and family welfare agencies, mental health centers, developmental disability facilities and substance abuse treatment centers.

Students may apply early to the following master's degree programs and double count 9 credit hours of graduate courses toward both degrees. See the Combined Bachelor's/Master's Degree Program Policy in the University Catalog for more information.

Professional Licensure Disclosure

This program is designed to prepare students to sit for applicable licensure or certification in Ohio. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please review state educational requirements for licensure or certification and contact information for state licensing boards at Kent State's website for professional licensure disclosure.

Admissions

Admission Requirements

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago.

First-Year Students on the Kent Campus: First-year admission policy on the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon cumulative grade point average, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. Students not admissible to the Kent Campus may be administratively referred to one of the seven regional campuses to begin their college coursework. For more information, visit the admissions website for first-year students.

First-Year Students on the Regional Campuses: First-year admission to Kent State’s campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas, as well as the Twinsburg Academic Center, is open to anyone with a high school diploma or its equivalent. For more information on admissions, contact the Regional Campuses admissions offices.

International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 48 PTE Academic score, or by completing the ELS level 112 Intensive Program. For more information, visit the admissions website for international students.

Transfer Students: Students who have attended any other educational institution after graduating from high school must apply as undergraduate transfer students. For more information, visit the admissions website for transfer students.

Former Students: Former Kent State students or graduates who have not attended another college or university since Kent State may complete the reenrollment or reinstatement form on the University Registrar’s website.

Admission policies for undergraduate students may be found in the University Catalog's Academic Policies.

Some programs may require that students meet certain requirements before progressing through the program. For programs with progression requirements, the information is shown on the program's Coursework tab.

Current Kent State and Transfer Students: Active Kent State students who wish to change their major must have attempted a minimum 12 credit hours at Kent State and earned a minimum 2.000 overall Kent State GPA to be admitted. Students who have not attempted 12 credit hours at Kent State will be evaluated for admission based on their high school GPA for new students or transfer GPA for transfer students. Transfer students who have not attempted 12 credit hours of college-level coursework at Kent State and/or other institutions will be evaluated based on both their high school GPA and college GPA.

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Identify (a) physical, cognitive, emotional and social dimensions of human development and family relationships; and (b) reciprocal influences of family, school, work and community contexts on human development.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of program development, delivery and evaluation and identify practical implications of human development and family relationship concepts.
  3. Access scholarly sources and critically evaluate empirical research; demonstrate an understanding of theories, methods and principles of research; and effectively communicate ideas.
  4. Recognize the unique strengths and needs of individuals and families and apply knowledge through involvement with and study of diverse populations.
Coursework

Program Requirements

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
GERO 44030ADULT DEVELOPMENT AND AGING (WIC) 3
HDF 14027INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY SCIENCE 3
HDF 24011INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS AND FAMILIES (DIVD) 3
HDF 24012CHILD DEVELOPMENT 3
HDF 25512MANAGEMENT OF FAMILY RESOURCES 3
HDF 34031CULTURAL DIVERSITY: IMPLICATIONS FOR THE HELPING PROFESSIONS 3
HDF 44018PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY SCIENCE 3
HDF 44020ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT 3
HDF 44023BUILDING FAMILY STRENGTHS (WIC) 13
HDF 44028PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIPS 3
HDF 44029FAMILY POLICY 3
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
PSYC 11762GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
PSYC 31574RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY (ELR) 3
or SOC 32210 RESEARCHING SOCIETY (ELR) (WIC)
SOC 32220
SOC 32221
DATA ANALYSIS
and DATA ANALYSIS LABORATORY
3-4
or PSYC 21621 QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY I
SOC 12050INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
UC 10001FLASHES 101 1
Kent Core Composition6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning3
Kent Core Humanities9
Kent Core Additional3
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 39 upper-division credit hours)5
Concentrations
Choose from the following:48
Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
1

A minimum C grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

Case Management for Individuals and Families Concentration Requirements

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
CES 37800SMALL GROUP PROCESS 2-3
or COMM 35600 COMMUNICATION IN SMALL GROUPS AND TEAMS
or HED 34060 SMALL GROUP PROCESS
HDF 44021FAMILY INTERVENTION ACROSS THE LIFESPAN 3
HDF 44035ASSESSMENT AND STRATEGIES IN CASE MANAGEMENT 3
HDF 44092PRACTICUM IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY SCIENCE (ELR) 3-6
HED 32530DRUG USE AND MISUSE 3
HSRV 21000DYNAMICS OF HELPING RELATIONSHIPS 3
PSYC 40111PSYCHOPATHOLOGY 3
or SOC 32762 DEVIANT BEHAVIOR
or SPED 23000 INTRODUCTION TO EXCEPTIONALITIES (DIVD)
Concentration Electives, choose from the following:6
ARCH 45640
DEVELOPING ENVIRONMENTS FOR OLDER ADULTS
CES 34650
PRACTICES AND THEORIES IN ADDICTIONS COUNSELING
CES 37662
INTRODUCTION TO ADDICTIONS COUNSELING
CRIM 34311
YOUTH AND THE JUSTICE SYSTEM
ENG 20002
INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL WRITING
GERO 14029
INTRODUCTION TO GERONTOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS)
GERO 40656
PSYCHOLOGY OF AGING
GERO 41095
SPECIAL TOPICS IN GERONTOLOGY
GERO 44031
SOCIAL POLICY AND COMMUNITY RESOURCES FOR OLDER ADULTS
HDF 24013
EARLY ADOLESCENCE
HDF 24014
BRIDGING CROSS-NATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES
HDF 41095
SPECIAL TOPICS IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY SCIENCE
HDF 41096
INDIVIDUAL INVESTIGATION
HDF 42089
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE (DIVG) (ELR)
HDF 44022
CHANGING ROLES OF MEN AND WOMEN
HDF 44032
NONPROFIT FUNDRAISING AND GRANTWRITING
HDF 44033
COMMUNITY OUTREACH IN NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT (ELR)
HDF 44034
PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES OF NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT
HDF 44037
POSITIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
HDF 44039
BEREAVEMENT, TRAUMA AND OTHER LOSSES
HDF 44089
FAMILIES IN FLORENCE, ITALY: LOVE, PARENTING AND POLICY (DIVG) (ELR)
HDF 45089
LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT PRACTICES AND OUTCOMES: THE ITALIAN EXPERIENCE (DIVG) (ELR)
HED 14020
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
HED 32544
HUMAN SEXUALITY
HED 42041
HEALTH COACHING
IHS 44010
RESEARCH DESIGN AND STATISTICAL METHODS IN THE HEALTH PROFESSIONS
MDJ 28001
PRINCIPLES OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
NUTR 23511
SCIENCE OF HUMAN NUTRITION (KBS)
PACS 11001
INTRODUCTION TO CONFLICT MANAGEMENT (DIVD) (KSS)
PACS 48080
MEDIATION: THEORY AND TRAINING
PHIL 40005
HEALTH CARE ETHICS
PSYC 40111
PSYCHOPATHOLOGY
RPTM 36010
RECREATION, LEISURE AND AGING
SPED 23000
INTRODUCTION TO EXCEPTIONALITIES (DIVD)
SOC 32762
DEVIANT BEHAVIOR
SOC 42010
DEATH AND DYING
SOC 42563
SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH AND HEALTH CARE
SOC 42879
AGING IN SOCIETY (DIVD)
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory)6-7
Kent Core Additional3
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 39 upper-division credit hours)13
Minimum Total Credit Hours:48

Child and Youth Development Concentration Requirements

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
CES 37800SMALL GROUP PROCESS 2-3
or COMM 35600 COMMUNICATION IN SMALL GROUPS AND TEAMS
or HED 34060 SMALL GROUP PROCESS
CRIM 34311YOUTH AND THE JUSTICE SYSTEM 3
or HED 32530 DRUG USE AND MISUSE
or HED 32544 HUMAN SEXUALITY
or SPED 23000 INTRODUCTION TO EXCEPTIONALITIES (DIVD)
HDF 24013EARLY ADOLESCENCE 3
HDF 44021FAMILY INTERVENTION ACROSS THE LIFESPAN 3
HDF 44035ASSESSMENT AND STRATEGIES IN CASE MANAGEMENT 3
HDF 44037POSITIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT 3
HDF 44038PROFESSIONAL CHILD AND YOUTH WORK PRACTICE 3
HDF 44092PRACTICUM IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY SCIENCE (ELR) 3-6
HED 34050PROGRAM PLANNING AND EVALUATION IN HEALTH EDUCATION 3
or RPTM 36075 EXPERIENCE DESIGN IN RECREATION, PARK AND TOURISM SETTINGS
Concentration Electives, choose from the following:6
ARCH 45640
DEVELOPING ENVIRONMENTS FOR OLDER ADULTS
CES 34650
PRACTICES AND THEORIES IN ADDICTIONS COUNSELING
CES 37662
INTRODUCTION TO ADDICTIONS COUNSELING
CRIM 34311
YOUTH AND THE JUSTICE SYSTEM
ENG 20002
INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL WRITING
GERO 14029
INTRODUCTION TO GERONTOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS)
GERO 40656
PSYCHOLOGY OF AGING
GERO 41095
SPECIAL TOPICS IN GERONTOLOGY
GERO 44031
SOCIAL POLICY AND COMMUNITY RESOURCES FOR OLDER ADULTS
HDF 24014
BRIDGING CROSS-NATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES
HDF 41095
SPECIAL TOPICS IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY SCIENCE
HDF 41096
INDIVIDUAL INVESTIGATION
HDF 42089
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE (DIVG) (ELR)
HDF 44022
CHANGING ROLES OF MEN AND WOMEN
HDF 44032
NONPROFIT FUNDRAISING AND GRANTWRITING
HDF 44033
COMMUNITY OUTREACH IN NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT (ELR)
HDF 44034
PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES OF NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT
HDF 44039
BEREAVEMENT, TRAUMA AND OTHER LOSSES
HDF 44089
FAMILIES IN FLORENCE, ITALY: LOVE, PARENTING AND POLICY (DIVG) (ELR)
HDF 45089
LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT PRACTICES AND OUTCOMES: THE ITALIAN EXPERIENCE (DIVG) (ELR)
HED 14020
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
HED 32530
DRUG USE AND MISUSE
HED 32544
HUMAN SEXUALITY
HED 42041
HEALTH COACHING
HSRV 21000
DYNAMICS OF HELPING RELATIONSHIPS
IHS 44010
RESEARCH DESIGN AND STATISTICAL METHODS IN THE HEALTH PROFESSIONS
MDJ 28001
PRINCIPLES OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
NUTR 23511
SCIENCE OF HUMAN NUTRITION (KBS)
PACS 11001
INTRODUCTION TO CONFLICT MANAGEMENT (DIVD) (KSS)
PACS 48080
MEDIATION: THEORY AND TRAINING
PHIL 40005
HEALTH CARE ETHICS
PSYC 40111
PSYCHOPATHOLOGY
RPTM 36010
RECREATION, LEISURE AND AGING
SPED 23000
INTRODUCTION TO EXCEPTIONALITIES (DIVD)
SOC 32762
DEVIANT BEHAVIOR
SOC 42010
DEATH AND DYING
SOC 42563
SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH AND HEALTH CARE
SOC 42879
AGING IN SOCIETY (DIVD)
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory)6-7
Kent Core Additional3
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 39 upper-division credit hours)7
Minimum Total Credit Hours:48

Family Life Education Concentration Requirements

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
COMM 20001INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION 3
HDF 44021FAMILY INTERVENTION ACROSS THE LIFESPAN 3
HDF 44022CHANGING ROLES OF MEN AND WOMEN 3
HDF 44030FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION METHODOLOGY 3
HDF 44092PRACTICUM IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY SCIENCE (ELR) 3-6
HED 32544HUMAN SEXUALITY 3
Concentration Electives I, choose from the following:5-6
ENG 20002
INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL WRITING
HED 32530
DRUG USE AND MISUSE
HED 34060
SMALL GROUP PROCESS
HED 42041
HEALTH COACHING
PACS 11001
INTRODUCTION TO CONFLICT MANAGEMENT (DIVD) (KSS)
PACS 48080
MEDIATION: THEORY AND TRAINING
SPED 23000
INTRODUCTION TO EXCEPTIONALITIES (DIVD)
Concentration Electives II, choose from the following:6
ARCH 45640
DEVELOPING ENVIRONMENTS FOR OLDER ADULTS
CES 34650
PRACTICES AND THEORIES IN ADDICTIONS COUNSELING
CES 37662
INTRODUCTION TO ADDICTIONS COUNSELING
CES 37800
SMALL GROUP PROCESS
or HED 34060
SMALL GROUP PROCESS
COMM 35600
COMMUNICATION IN SMALL GROUPS AND TEAMS
CRIM 34311
YOUTH AND THE JUSTICE SYSTEM
ENG 20002
INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL WRITING
GERO 14029
INTRODUCTION TO GERONTOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS)
GERO 40656
PSYCHOLOGY OF AGING
GERO 41095
SPECIAL TOPICS IN GERONTOLOGY
GERO 44031
SOCIAL POLICY AND COMMUNITY RESOURCES FOR OLDER ADULTS
HDF 24013
EARLY ADOLESCENCE
HDF 24014
BRIDGING CROSS-NATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES
HDF 41095
SPECIAL TOPICS IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY SCIENCE
HDF 41096
INDIVIDUAL INVESTIGATION
HDF 42089
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE (DIVG) (ELR)
HDF 44032
NONPROFIT FUNDRAISING AND GRANTWRITING
HDF 44033
COMMUNITY OUTREACH IN NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT (ELR)
HDF 44034
PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES OF NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT
HDF 44035
ASSESSMENT AND STRATEGIES IN CASE MANAGEMENT
HDF 44037
POSITIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
HDF 44039
BEREAVEMENT, TRAUMA AND OTHER LOSSES
HDF 44089
FAMILIES IN FLORENCE, ITALY: LOVE, PARENTING AND POLICY (DIVG) (ELR)
HDF 45089
LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT PRACTICES AND OUTCOMES: THE ITALIAN EXPERIENCE (DIVG) (ELR)
HED 14020
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
HED 32530
DRUG USE AND MISUSE
HED 42041
HEALTH COACHING
HSRV 21000
DYNAMICS OF HELPING RELATIONSHIPS
IHS 44010
RESEARCH DESIGN AND STATISTICAL METHODS IN THE HEALTH PROFESSIONS
MDJ 28001
PRINCIPLES OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
NUTR 23511
SCIENCE OF HUMAN NUTRITION (KBS)
PACS 11001
INTRODUCTION TO CONFLICT MANAGEMENT (DIVD) (KSS)
PACS 48080
MEDIATION: THEORY AND TRAINING
PHIL 40005
HEALTH CARE ETHICS
PSYC 40111
PSYCHOPATHOLOGY
RPTM 36010
RECREATION, LEISURE AND AGING
SPED 23000
INTRODUCTION TO EXCEPTIONALITIES (DIVD)
SOC 32762
DEVIANT BEHAVIOR
SOC 42010
DEATH AND DYING
SOC 42563
SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH AND HEALTH CARE
SOC 42879
AGING IN SOCIETY (DIVD)
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory)6-7
Kent Core Additional3
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 39 upper-division credit hours)10
Minimum Total Credit Hours:48

Gerontology Concentration Requirements

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
BSCI 40020BIOLOGY OF AGING 13
COMM 36505COMMUNICATION, AGING AND CULTURE 3
GERO 14029INTRODUCTION TO GERONTOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
GERO 40656PSYCHOLOGY OF AGING 3
GERO 44092PRACTICUM IN GERONTOLOGY (ELR) 23-6
SOC 42879AGING IN SOCIETY (DIVD) 3
Concentration Electives I, choose from the following:6
ARCH 45640
DEVELOPING ENVIRONMENTS FOR OLDER ADULTS
COMM 36500
HEALTH COMMUNICATION
HED 42041
HEALTH COACHING
IHS 44010
RESEARCH DESIGN AND STATISTICAL METHODS IN THE HEALTH PROFESSIONS
MDJ 28001
PRINCIPLES OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
LTCA 44032
LONG-TERM CARE ADMINISTRATION I
PHIL 40005
HEALTH CARE ETHICS
RPTM 36010
RECREATION, LEISURE AND AGING
SOC 42010
DEATH AND DYING
SOC 42563
SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH AND HEALTH CARE
SPA 44130
COMMUNICATION DISORDERS OF THE AGING
Concentration Electives II, choose from the following:6
ARCH 45640
DEVELOPING ENVIRONMENTS FOR OLDER ADULTS
COMM 35600
COMMUNICATION IN SMALL GROUPS AND TEAMS
CES 34650
PRACTICES AND THEORIES IN ADDICTIONS COUNSELING
CES 37662
INTRODUCTION TO ADDICTIONS COUNSELING
CES 37800
SMALL GROUP PROCESS
or HED 34060
SMALL GROUP PROCESS
CRIM 34311
YOUTH AND THE JUSTICE SYSTEM
ENG 20002
INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL WRITING
GERO 44030
ADULT DEVELOPMENT AND AGING (WIC)
GERO 41095
SPECIAL TOPICS IN GERONTOLOGY
HDF 24013
EARLY ADOLESCENCE
HDF 24014
BRIDGING CROSS-NATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES
HDF 41095
SPECIAL TOPICS IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY SCIENCE
HDF 41096
INDIVIDUAL INVESTIGATION
HDF 42089
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE (DIVG) (ELR)
HDF 44021
FAMILY INTERVENTION ACROSS THE LIFESPAN
HDF 44022
CHANGING ROLES OF MEN AND WOMEN
HDF 44032
NONPROFIT FUNDRAISING AND GRANTWRITING
HDF 44033
COMMUNITY OUTREACH IN NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT (ELR)
HDF 44034
PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES OF NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT
HDF 44035
ASSESSMENT AND STRATEGIES IN CASE MANAGEMENT
HDF 44037
POSITIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
HDF 44039
BEREAVEMENT, TRAUMA AND OTHER LOSSES
HDF 44089
FAMILIES IN FLORENCE, ITALY: LOVE, PARENTING AND POLICY (DIVG) (ELR)
HDF 45089
LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT PRACTICES AND OUTCOMES: THE ITALIAN EXPERIENCE (DIVG) (ELR)
HED 14020
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
HED 32530
DRUG USE AND MISUSE
HED 32544
HUMAN SEXUALITY
HED 42041
HEALTH COACHING
HSRV 21000
DYNAMICS OF HELPING RELATIONSHIPS
IHS 44010
RESEARCH DESIGN AND STATISTICAL METHODS IN THE HEALTH PROFESSIONS
MDJ 28001
PRINCIPLES OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
NUTR 23511
SCIENCE OF HUMAN NUTRITION (KBS)
PACS 11001
INTRODUCTION TO CONFLICT MANAGEMENT (DIVD) (KSS)
PACS 48080
MEDIATION: THEORY AND TRAINING
PHIL 40005
HEALTH CARE ETHICS
PSYC 40111
PSYCHOPATHOLOGY
RPTM 36010
RECREATION, LEISURE AND AGING
SPED 23000
INTRODUCTION TO EXCEPTIONALITIES (DIVD)
SOC 32762
DEVIANT BEHAVIOR
SOC 42010
DEATH AND DYING
SOC 42563
SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH AND HEALTH CARE
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
ATTR/EXSC 25057HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I (KBS) (KLAB) 1,34
ATTR/EXSC 25058HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II (KBS) (KLAB) 1,44
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 39 upper-division credit hours)10
Minimum Total Credit Hours:48
1

Students who have successfully completed any prerequisite course requirements for BSCI 40020 may use that coursework in place of ATTR 25057 (or EXSC 25057) or ATTR 25058 (or EXSC 25058); however, additional coursework may be required to fulfill Kent Core requirements.

2

Maximum of 6 credit hours of GERO 44092 may be applied towards the HDF program requirements.

3

Students who have successfully completed BSCI 11010 may use that course in place of ATTR 25057 or EXSC 25057.

4

Students who have successfully completed BSCI 11020 may use that course in place of  ATTR 25058 or EXSC 25058.

Human Services Concentration Requirements

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
HSRV 11001GROUP METHODS IN HUMAN SERVICES 3
HSRV 11002SURVEY OF COMMUNITY RESOURCES 3
HSRV 21000DYNAMICS OF HELPING RELATIONSHIPS 3
HSRV 21001ASSESSMENT METHODS IN HUMAN SERVICES 3
HSRV 21002COMMUNITY SUPPORTIVE CASE MANAGEMENT AND ADVOCACY IN HUMAN SERVICES 3
HSRV 21092INTERNSHIP IN HUMAN SERVICES I (ELR) 3
HSRV 21192INTERNSHIP IN HUMAN SERVICES II (ELR) 3
Concentration Electives, choose from the following:6
ARCH 45640
DEVELOPING ENVIRONMENTS FOR OLDER ADULTS
CES 37800
SMALL GROUP PROCESS
or HED 34060
SMALL GROUP PROCESS
COMM 35600
COMMUNICATION IN SMALL GROUPS AND TEAMS
CRIM 34311
YOUTH AND THE JUSTICE SYSTEM
ENG 20002
INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL WRITING
GERO 14029
INTRODUCTION TO GERONTOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS)
GERO 40656
PSYCHOLOGY OF AGING
GERO 41095
SPECIAL TOPICS IN GERONTOLOGY
GERO 44031
SOCIAL POLICY AND COMMUNITY RESOURCES FOR OLDER ADULTS
HDF 24013
EARLY ADOLESCENCE
HDF 24014
BRIDGING CROSS-NATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES
HDF 41095
SPECIAL TOPICS IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY SCIENCE
HDF 41096
INDIVIDUAL INVESTIGATION
HDF 42089
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE (DIVG) (ELR)
HDF 44021
FAMILY INTERVENTION ACROSS THE LIFESPAN
HDF 44022
CHANGING ROLES OF MEN AND WOMEN
HDF 44032
NONPROFIT FUNDRAISING AND GRANTWRITING
HDF 44033
COMMUNITY OUTREACH IN NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT (ELR)
HDF 44034
PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES OF NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT
HDF 44035
ASSESSMENT AND STRATEGIES IN CASE MANAGEMENT
HDF 44037
POSITIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
HDF 44039
BEREAVEMENT, TRAUMA AND OTHER LOSSES
HED 14020
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
HED 32530
DRUG USE AND MISUSE
HED 32544
HUMAN SEXUALITY
HED 42041
HEALTH COACHING
HSRV 21003
SOCIAL WELFARE IN HUMAN SERVICES
IHS 44010
RESEARCH DESIGN AND STATISTICAL METHODS IN THE HEALTH PROFESSIONS
MDJ 28001
PRINCIPLES OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
NUTR 23511
SCIENCE OF HUMAN NUTRITION (KBS)
PACS 11001
INTRODUCTION TO CONFLICT MANAGEMENT (DIVD) (KSS)
PACS 48080
MEDIATION: THEORY AND TRAINING
PHIL 40005
HEALTH CARE ETHICS
PSYC 40111
PSYCHOPATHOLOGY
RPTM 36010
RECREATION, LEISURE AND AGING
SPED 23000
INTRODUCTION TO EXCEPTIONALITIES (DIVD)
SOC 32762
DEVIANT BEHAVIOR
SOC 42010
DEATH AND DYING
SOC 42563
SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH AND HEALTH CARE
SOC 42879
AGING IN SOCIETY (DIVD)
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory)6-7
Kent Core Additional3
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 39 upper-division credit hours)12
Minimum Total Credit Hours:48

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.250 2.000
  • State/federal background checks may be required for some practicum/internship sites. Results indicating one of the disqualifying offenses, whether expunged or current, may result in the inability to be placed in select practicum/internship sites.
Roadmaps

Roadmap

Case Management For Individuals and Family Study Concentration

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
HDF 14027 INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY SCIENCE 3
SOC 12050 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
UC 10001 FLASHES 101 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Two
HDF 24011 INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS AND FAMILIES (DIVD) 3
PSYC 11762 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Three
HDF 24012 CHILD DEVELOPMENT 3
HDF 25512 MANAGEMENT OF FAMILY RESOURCES 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
CES 37800
or COMM 35600
or HED 34060
SMALL GROUP PROCESS
or COMMUNICATION IN SMALL GROUPS AND TEAMS
or SMALL GROUP PROCESS
2
HDF 34031 CULTURAL DIVERSITY: IMPLICATIONS FOR THE HELPING PROFESSIONS 3
HED 32530 DRUG USE AND MISUSE 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours14
Semester Five
HSRV 21000 DYNAMICS OF HELPING RELATIONSHIPS 3
PSYC 31574
or SOC 32210
RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY (ELR)
or RESEARCHING SOCIETY (ELR) (WIC)
3
PSYC 40111
or SOC 32762
or SPED 23000
PSYCHOPATHOLOGY
or DEVIANT BEHAVIOR
or INTRODUCTION TO EXCEPTIONALITIES (DIVD)
3
General Electives 6
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
GERO 44030 ADULT DEVELOPMENT AND AGING (WIC) 3
HDF 44020 ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT 3
SOC 32220
SOC 32221
or PSYC 21621
DATA ANALYSIS
and DATA ANALYSIS LABORATORY
or QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY I
3-4
Concentration Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Seven
HDF 44018 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY SCIENCE 3
HDF 44021 FAMILY INTERVENTION ACROSS THE LIFESPAN 3
HDF 44023 BUILDING FAMILY STRENGTHS (WIC) 3
HDF 44028 PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIPS 3
HDF 44035 ASSESSMENT AND STRATEGIES IN CASE MANAGEMENT 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Eight
HDF 44029 FAMILY POLICY 3
HDF 44092 PRACTICUM IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY SCIENCE (ELR) 3-6
Concentration Elective 3
General Electives 6
 Credit Hours15
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120

Child and Youth Development Concentration

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
HDF 14027 INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY SCIENCE 3
SOC 12050 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
UC 10001 FLASHES 101 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Two
HDF 24011 INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS AND FAMILIES (DIVD) 3
PSYC 11762 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Three
HDF 24012 CHILD DEVELOPMENT 3
HDF 24013 EARLY ADOLESCENCE 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
CES 37800
or COMM 35600
or HED 34060
SMALL GROUP PROCESS
or COMMUNICATION IN SMALL GROUPS AND TEAMS
or SMALL GROUP PROCESS
2-3
HDF 25512 MANAGEMENT OF FAMILY RESOURCES 3
HDF 34031 CULTURAL DIVERSITY: IMPLICATIONS FOR THE HELPING PROFESSIONS 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours14
Semester Five
GERO 44030 ADULT DEVELOPMENT AND AGING (WIC) 3
HDF 44020 ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT 3
PSYC 31574
or SOC 32210
RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY (ELR)
or RESEARCHING SOCIETY (ELR) (WIC)
3
Concentration Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
CRIM 34311
or HED 32530
or HED 32544
or SPED 23000
YOUTH AND THE JUSTICE SYSTEM
or DRUG USE AND MISUSE
or HUMAN SEXUALITY
or INTRODUCTION TO EXCEPTIONALITIES (DIVD)
3
HDF 44021 FAMILY INTERVENTION ACROSS THE LIFESPAN 3
HDF 44035 ASSESSMENT AND STRATEGIES IN CASE MANAGEMENT 3
HED 34050
or RPTM 36075
PROGRAM PLANNING AND EVALUATION IN HEALTH EDUCATION
or EXPERIENCE DESIGN IN RECREATION, PARK AND TOURISM SETTINGS
3
SOC 32220
SOC 32221
or PSYC 21621
DATA ANALYSIS
and DATA ANALYSIS LABORATORY
or QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY I
3-4
 Credit Hours15
Semester Seven
HDF 44018 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY SCIENCE 3
HDF 44023 BUILDING FAMILY STRENGTHS (WIC) 3
HDF 44028 PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIPS 3
HDF 44037 POSITIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT 3
Concentration Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Eight
HDF 44029 FAMILY POLICY 3
HDF 44038 PROFESSIONAL CHILD AND YOUTH WORK PRACTICE 3
HDF 44092 PRACTICUM IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY SCIENCE (ELR) 3-6
General Electives 6
 Credit Hours15
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120

Family Life Education Concentration

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
HDF 14027 INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY SCIENCE 3
SOC 12050 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
UC 10001 FLASHES 101 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Two
HDF 24011 INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS AND FAMILIES (DIVD) 3
PSYC 11762 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Three
COMM 20001 INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION 3
HDF 24012 CHILD DEVELOPMENT 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
HDF 25512 MANAGEMENT OF FAMILY RESOURCES 3
Concentration Elective I 2-3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Electives 6
 Credit Hours14
Semester Five
GERO 44030 ADULT DEVELOPMENT AND AGING (WIC) 3
HDF 34031 CULTURAL DIVERSITY: IMPLICATIONS FOR THE HELPING PROFESSIONS 3
HED 32544 HUMAN SEXUALITY 3
PSYC 31574
or SOC 32210
RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY (ELR)
or RESEARCHING SOCIETY (ELR) (WIC)
3
Concentration Elective I 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
HDF 44020 ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT 3
HDF 44022 CHANGING ROLES OF MEN AND WOMEN 3
SOC 32220
SOC 32221
or PSYC 21621
DATA ANALYSIS
and DATA ANALYSIS LABORATORY
or QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY I
3-4
Concentration Elective II 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Seven
HDF 44018 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY SCIENCE 3
HDF 44023 BUILDING FAMILY STRENGTHS (WIC) 3
HDF 44028 PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIPS 3
HDF 44030 FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION METHODOLOGY 3
Concentration Elective II 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Eight
HDF 44021 FAMILY INTERVENTION ACROSS THE LIFESPAN 3
HDF 44029 FAMILY POLICY 3
HDF 44092 PRACTICUM IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY SCIENCE (ELR) 3-6
General Electives 6
 Credit Hours15
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120

Gerontology Concentration

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
GERO 14029 INTRODUCTION TO GERONTOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
SOC 12050 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
UC 10001 FLASHES 101 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Two
HDF 14027 INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY SCIENCE 3
HDF 24011 INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS AND FAMILIES (DIVD) 3
PSYC 11762 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Three
ATTR 25057
or EXSC 25057
HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I (KBS) (KLAB)
or HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I (KBS) (KLAB)
4
HDF 24012 CHILD DEVELOPMENT 3
Concentration Elective II 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Four
ATTR 25058
or EXSC 25058
HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II (KBS) (KLAB)
or HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II (KBS) (KLAB)
4
HDF 25512 MANAGEMENT OF FAMILY RESOURCES 3
Concentration Elective II 3
General Electives 6
 Credit Hours16
Semester Five
GERO 40656 PSYCHOLOGY OF AGING 3
HDF 44020 ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT 3
PSYC 31574
or SOC 32210
RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY (ELR)
or RESEARCHING SOCIETY (ELR) (WIC)
3
Concentration Elective II 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
GERO 44030 ADULT DEVELOPMENT AND AGING (WIC) 3
HDF 34031 CULTURAL DIVERSITY: IMPLICATIONS FOR THE HELPING PROFESSIONS 3
HDF 44028 PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIPS 3
SOC 32220
SOC 32221
or PSYC 21621
DATA ANALYSIS
and DATA ANALYSIS LABORATORY
or QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY I
3-4
Concentration Elective I 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Seven
BSCI 40020 BIOLOGY OF AGING 3
HDF 44018 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY SCIENCE 3
HDF 44029 FAMILY POLICY 3
Concentration Elective I 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Eight
COMM 36505 COMMUNICATION, AGING AND CULTURE 3
GERO 44092 PRACTICUM IN GERONTOLOGY (ELR) 3-6
HDF 44023 BUILDING FAMILY STRENGTHS (WIC) 3
SOC 42879 AGING IN SOCIETY (DIVD) 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:123
Program Delivery
  • Delivery:
    • In person
  • Location:
    • Kent Campus
    • Salem Campus (Human Services, Family Life Education and Case Management for Individuals and Families concentrations only)
    • Stark Campus (Family Life Education and Gerontology concentrations only)

Examples of Possible Careers and Salaries

Child, family, and school social workers

11.7%

much faster than the average

342,500

number of jobs

$48,430

potential earnings

Childcare workers

1.7%

slower than the average

1,146,400

number of jobs

$25,460

potential earnings

Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists

3.1%

about as fast as the average

171,500

number of jobs

$79,820

potential earnings

Community and social service specialists, all other

11.7%

much faster than the average

105,200

number of jobs

$46,770

potential earnings

Counselors, all other

13.0%

much faster than the average

29,100

number of jobs

$45,760

potential earnings

Family and consumer sciences teachers, postsecondary

1.3%

slower than the average

2,500

number of jobs

$72,220

potential earnings

Marriage and family therapists

22.3%

much faster than the average

66,200

number of jobs

$51,340

potential earnings

Social and community service managers

17.0%

much faster than the average

175,500

number of jobs

$69,600

potential earnings

Social and human service assistants

16.8%

much faster than the average

425,600

number of jobs

$35,960

potential earnings

Substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors

24.7%

much faster than the average

319,400

number of jobs

$47,660

potential earnings

Notice: Career Information Source
* Source of occupation titles and labor data comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook. Data comprises projected percent change in employment over the next 10 years; nation-wide employment numbers; and the yearly median wage at which half of the workers in the occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less.