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Human Development & Family Studies

Human Development & Family Studies at Kent State Stark

Human Development & Family Studies (HDFS) provides students with an understanding of human development and family relationships across the lifespan. The HDFS curriculum prepares graduates for professional careers related to working with children, youth, adults and families in social and human service settings.

Core coursework focuses on lifespan development (from infancy through old age) and family issues and processes. All students complete an internship or practicum as part of their academic requirements. 

The Bachelor of Science in Human Development & Family Studies comprises of six concentrations: Case Management for Individuals and Families, Child and Youth Development, Family Life Education, Gerontology, Gerontology and Nursing Home Administration and Human Services Technology.


  Family Life Education Concentration at
  Kent State Stark

Students can complete all requirements for the B.S. in Human Development & Family Studies in the Family Life Education concentration at Kent State Stark.

Other HDFS Concentrations - Finish at the Kent Campus

Students can complete 2-3 years of coursework at Kent State Stark before transitioning to the Kent Campus to finish their HDFS degree.

 Human Development & Family Studies Minor
 at Kent State Stark

Students can complete all the requirements for the human development and family studies minor at Kent State Stark.

Career Opportunities

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics employment projections for 2006-2016 include a 73 percent increase in the number of jobs in individual and family services. Students graduating with a degree in HDFS are not eligible for social work licensure, but may find employment in social work type jobs.

Social workers held about 595,000 jobs in 2006. About five out of 10 jobs were in health care and social assistance industries and three out of 10 are employed by state and local government agencies, primarily in departments of health and human services. Although most social workers are employed in cities or suburbs, some work in rural areas.