Concentration 1: Case Management for Individuals and Families

Focuses on assessment, advocacy, and case management in a variety of social service settings, such as the Department of Job and Family Services, rehabilitation centers, juvenile court systems, and the Area Agency on Aging.

Concentration 2: Child and Youth Development

Prepares students to work with children and youth in a non-school setting, such as residential treatment, group care, community youth services, foster care, and after-school programs. This concentration readies students for national certification as a Child and Youth Care Practitioner.

Concentration 3: Family Life Education

Prepares students to provide educational programming to parents, couples, and families in settings such as domestic violence and homeless shelters, social services agencies, Head Start and Help Me Grow programs. This concentration leads to the Certified Family Life Educator Credential from the National Council on Family Relations.

Concentration 4: Gerontology

Provides students with an understanding of aging-related changes, and how these changes affect an individual psychologically, physiologically and socially. Interdisciplinary courses prepare graduates for positions in the diverse field of aging, such as community social services, retirement communities, adult care centers and nursing homes.

Concentration 5: Human Services 

This concentration was designed for students who have earned the Human Services Associate's Degree and wish to earn a bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Science. This concentration focuses on the prevention and remediation of problems for individuals, families and communities.

Regional campuses that offer select concentrations within the HDFS major:

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.

Kent State's website for professional licensure disclosure.