Programs and Degrees

Human Development & Community Engagement

What is Human Development & Community Engagement?

Human Development and Community Engagement is a four year Bachelor of Science program that equips students with the most current skills necessary for acting as effective agents of change in today’s ever-changing society. Students are afforded opportunities to collaborate with programs and non-profit agencies in urban city centers that initiate social change and diversity actions for communities, families, and individuals. The program provides strong theoretical foundations as well as practical experience to provide students with the applicable skills needed to serve under-represented and need-based populations. Students will experience individualized authentic learning experiences in real-world settings, tailored to their personal interests and career goals. Additionally, students will gain valuable knowledge in areas of physical, neural, cognitive, and social-emotional growth that will serve populations ranging from birth through adulthood. These types of scientifically researched components will attribute to a student’s success and application in their respective communities. Additionally, an embedded minor allows students the flexibility of further honing their skills in a specific area of interest, with certificates and minors that are offered from a variety of colleges and departments.

The Human Development and Community Engagement degree is a perfect match for those students interested in working with communities, families, and children. This degree program is tailored to the individual’s area of interest, with special attention given to real-world experience within the degree program. Students who wish to serve as advocates for underserved populations, but prefer to collaborate with people in a setting other than an educational or social work setting, will find this program to be engaging and critical for successful implementation of governmental and non-profit organizational initiatives. Students best aligned with this field will possess characteristics such as flexibility, the ability to multi-task, empathy and a desire to recognize needs, a strong passion for learning, and a special interest in community-based intervention.

Career Possibilities

Career possibilities include:

  • Advocacy
  • Community Activist
  • Mental Health Support
  • Coalition Director
  • Public Education
  • Public Health Facilitator
  • Government Agency Administrator
  • Child and Family Services Advocate
  • Adoption Advocacy
  • International Liaison
  • Public Administration
  • Public Policy
  • Administrative Services
  • Governmental Administration and Management
  • Student Services
  • Fundraising
  • Grant-Writer

Majoring in Human Development & Community Engagement

The Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Community Engagement is a four year degree that offers an introductory series of human development courses in addition to research methodology coursework, courses in areas of psychology and sociology, finance and grant writing, family and child dynamics, environmental and justice related courses, as well as individualized placement in real-world experiential settings. The goal of this program is to prepare students for facilitating leadership roles in agencies, non-profit organizations, and governmental programs that serve under-represented and community-based populations in need.

Curriculum

Fall Semester, Year 1

Course Title/Desc Credit

PRFS1001 First Year Exp in the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services

1
CI1001 Educational Technology

3
ENGL1001 English Composition

3
HPE1005 Mental Health Issues

3
PHIL1003 Introduction to Ethics

3
HDCE1000 Introduction to Human Development

3

Spring Semester, Year 1

Course Title/Desc Credit

PLAN1061 Understanding the Urban Environment

3
ANTH1001 Cultural Anthropology

3
EDST2001 Human Development: Early and Middle Childhood

3
HDCE1002 Contemporary Issues in Human Development and Community Engagement

3
Natural Science Elective

Student will select a Natural Science elective.

BoKS: NS

3

Fall Semester, Year 2

Course Title/Desc Credit

OLHR2010 How to Change the World I

3
EDST2003 Pre-Adolescent through Adolescent Development

3
HPE2071 Applied Statistics for Human Services I

3
ECE2025 Families, Communities, and Schools

3

Student may select a free elective.

2

Spring Semester, Year 2

Course Title/Desc Credit

EDST2002 Human Development: Adolescence and Adulthood

3
ENGL2089 Intermediate Composition

3
POL2026 Introduction to Public Administration

3
College Level Mathematics Elective

Students may select a college level mathematics elective.

3
Natural Science Elective

Student may select a Natural Science Elective.

BoKS: NS

3

Fall Semester, Year 3

Course Title/Desc Credit

PSYC3044 Cognitive Development

3
HDCE3020 Financial Solvency within Organizations

3
CNSL3021 Applied Interpersonal Skills

3
HDCE3010 Child and Youth Environments

3
Communications Elective

Students may select COMM 3002 Argumentation and Contemporary Issues or COMM 3049 Intercultural Communication.

3

Spring Semester, Year 3

Course Title/Desc Credit

HDCE3030 Family and Group Dynamics

3
HDCE3040 Developmental Concerns and Family Partnerships

3

Student may select a free elective.

3

Student may select a free elective.

3
Technology Elective

Student may select IT1001 Computer Applications or IT1040 Website Management or another faculty approved Technology Elective.

3

Fall Semester, Year 4

Course Title/Desc Credit

HDCE4000 Educational and NGO Grant Writing and Project Management

3
HDCE4010 Experience and the Developing Brain

3
HDCE4030 Research Methods in Human Development and Community Engagement

3
HDCE4020 Action Research in Human Development and Community Engagement

3

Student may select a free elective.

3

Spring Semester, Year 4

Course Title/Desc Credit

HDCE4050 Human Development and Community Engagement in Applied Settings

6
HDCE4040 Research Proposal and Community Engagement Advocacy

3
HDCE4183 Community- Based Conflict Resolution

3

Student may select a free elective.

3

Advising

Student Services Center
College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services
PO BOX 210014
360 Teacher Dyer Complex
Cincinnati, OH 45221 513-556-2336

Special Programs

We are excited to offer this innovative and individually designed program in Human Development and Community Engagement. This is the perfect choice for students who yearn to work with children and families,  but do not desire the confines of a traditional education or social work career. This program offers flexibility in almost every facet, allowing students to pursue an embedded minor in an area of their choice from any department on our campus, further preparing and supporting the student’s personal career goals and aspirations. Our flexible curriculum is especially appealing to transfer students, exploratory students, and students wishing to switch majors.

CECH Tribunal
The purposes of the CECH Tribunal are to ensure that the interests of the students of the college are voiced and to provide student representation on behalf of all undergraduate students in CECH where representation is warranted. Also, the tribunal organizes programs and social events for students of the college.

Student Ambassador Program
The Student Ambassador program represents CECH at the University of Cincinnati by assisting with the recruitment and retention of students in the college. CECH Student Ambassadors provide a valuable service by representing the student perspective of university life to prospective and new students. Ambassadors also represent the college at numerous collegiate functions, professional events and key promotional events. Being selected as a CECH student ambassador is an honor that reflects academic rigor and a commitment to the fields of education, health promotion and education and criminal justice.

Admission Requirements

Freshmen applicants, please visit the Admission Requirements page for more information.

Transferring to UC Requirements

Admission to this program is generally available for students transferring to the University of Cincinnati if they were admissible directly from high school and have a 2.0 cumulative GPA (all prior institutions combined).

Students who were NOT admissible directly from high school must have:

  • 24 semester (36 quarter) hours earned
  • at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA (all prior institutions combined)

Changing Majors within UC Requirements

Admission to this program is generally available for University of Cincinnati students enrolled in other colleges of the University of Cincinnati if they were admissible directly from high school and have a 2.0 cumulative GPA (UC and any prior institutions combined).

Students who were NOT admissible directly from high school must have:

  • 24 semester (36 quarter) hours earned
  • at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA (UC and any prior institutions combined)

Current UC students wishing to transfer into the program should contact the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services at 513-556-2336.

International Student Requirements

Please contact the Office of Admissions at 513-556-1100.

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate from the UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, a student must:

  • Complete all required course work and program requirements
  • Obtain at least a 2.0 university grade point average
  • Be in good academic standing; that is, not on academic or disciplinary probation or suspension
  • Meet the college's residency requirement of 30 semester credit hours
  • File formal application for the degree by the posted semester of graduation deadline

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester

Freshmen:

  • Early Action Deadline: Dec 1*
  • Rolling Deadline: March 1
  • Confirmation Deadline: May 1

* Your application must be complete by this date in order to be considered for scholarships and the Honors Program.

Transfers:

  • Application Deadline: July 1
  • Confirmation Deadline: Aug. 1

Spring Semester

Freshmen and Transfers: 

  • Application Deadline: Nov. 1
  • Confirmation Deadline: Dec. 1

Summer Semester

Freshmen and Transfers: 

  • Application Deadline: March 1
  • Confirmation Deadline: April 1

Accreditation

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

Quick Facts

Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development & Community Engagement

Full-Time Program Duration

4 Years

Location

Uptown Campus West

Contact

PO Box 210014
Cincinnati, OH 45221
Phone: (513) 556-6308
Office of Recruitment
cechrecruit@uc.edu