Human Development and Community Engagement

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The Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Community Engagement (HDCE) equips students to act as effective agents of change in today’s society. Students will collaborate with community programs and non-profit agencies in urban city centers that initiate social change and actions for communities, families, and individuals. Through strong theoretical foundations as well as practical and authentic learning experiences, students gain the skills needed to serve communities, including underrepresented populations. By examining physical, neural, cognitive, and social-emotional growth, students will learn to serve populations ranging from birth through adulthood. With the embedded minor, students have the flexibility of focusing their skills in a specific area of interest.

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Program Benefits

This degree offers:

  • Flexibility and transferability
  • An embedded minor that focuses on the individual’s area of interest 
  • Authentic real world experiences in field placements
  •  Classroom experiences tailored to the student’s field experience

Program Goals

This program seeks to engage students in a progressive and flexible course of study that allows for specialization and meets individual needs. There are rigorous research components embedded in the program that will prepare students to tackle real-life problems with confidence, allowing them to empower themselves and the populations they will work with in the community. 

Career Possibilities

Students will be prepared to work in a variety of diverse settings that can include:

  • advocacy and non-profit agencies 
  • government institutions 
  • community outreach programs 
  • health and wellness programs 
  • educational and family services 
  • community organization and leadership 
  • research and grant-writing 
  • Director positions in various organizations

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The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Where We Are

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615 Teachers-Dyer Complex
West Campus
University of Cincinnati

Additional Information 

Learn more about the Human Development and Community Engagement program.