2017-2018 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Human Services - Bachelor of Science (39 credits)

(39 credits plus 16 credits of experiential learning)

The Human Services Program prepares students to work with children, adolescents and adults in a variety of human services settings. Human Services majors concentrate on gaining a foundation in the liberal arts, human growth and development, the human services delivery system, and the social policies that shape service delivery and provide for social needs.

Students take a core set of courses that develop the skills for working in human services agencies and settings. A strong component of psychology and sociology courses imbedded in the major provides students with an understanding of human behavior and the social context of the lives of individuals served. Students will complete over 400 hours in the field.

Students will be able to:

  • critically apply human services perspectives, concepts and knowledge in a range of practice settings.
  • critically evaluate social policy.
  • critically evaluate practice approaches and professional identity within a culturally competent framework.
  • design, conduct and evaluate social science research.
  • demonstrate skills of ongoing, self-reflective practice that conform to professional standards, values and ethics.

Human Services majors graduate with the Bachelor of Science degree and the experience and competence which prepares them for entry-level positions with a range of human service populations in a variety of settings, including the juvenile justice system; health care settings and hospices; criminal justice agencies; community advocacy groups; the child welfare system; parent-action movements; group residences; recreational services; elderly services; policy and legislative agencies; substance abuse programs; crisis intervention services; and not-for-profit agencies and settings. Those students interested in professional careers in social work, psychology, counseling, management, policy/advocacy, or expressive arts therapy will be prepared for entry into specialized graduate schools. Optional specializations: At-Risk Individuals and Families, At-Risk Organizations and Communities, and Self-Designed Specialization.

Please note: a minimum grade of "C" is required in the internship seminars and the capstone course to progress in the major.

Degree Requirements

I. Required Core Courses (27 Credits):

CPSYC 1401Lifespan Development

3

CHMSR 1551Foundations and Systems in the Helping Professions

3

CHMSR 3303Micro/Macro Assessment

3

CHMSR 3553Practical Ethics in Human Services

3

CHMSR 4551Senior Capstone Seminar: Human Services and Counseling

3

CHMSR 4888Course in Development

3

CPLCY 3552Social Policy

3

CSOCS 3444Research Methods in the Social Sciences

3

CSWRK 3201Case Management in Social Work and Counseling

3

CHMSR 4551: Check prerequisites and minimum grade requirement.

II. Cultural Diversity Choice (3 Credits):

Choose ONE.

CSOCL 3445Race, Class and Gender

3

CSWRK 3301Challenging Racism

3

III. Internships (16 Credits):

**450 hours internship**

CHMSR 2551Concepts and Skills in Professional Practice

4

CHMSR 3701Human Services Internship and Seminar I

6

CHMSR 4701Human Services Internship and Seminar II

6

CHMSR 1551, CHMSR 2551, CHMSR 3701, and CHMSR 4701: Check prerequisites and minimum grade requirement.

IV. Support Courses (9 Credits):

Choose THREE from at least two different prefixes & TWO must be 3000 level or above.

CHLTH 3300Child and Adolescent Health

3

CMGMT 3440Not-for-Profit Management

3

CMGMT 3469Organizational Behavior and Ethics

3

CPSYC 3405Abnormal Psychology

3

CPSYC 3439Organizational Psychology

3

CPOLS 3450HBO's The Wire: The Politics of U.S. Urban Inequality

3

CSOCL 2115Women in Culture and Society

3

CSOCL 2402Sociology of Family

3

CSOCL 2406Health, Illness, and Society

3

V. Optional Specializations

At-Risk Individuals and Families (12 Credits)

Choose FOUR

CPSYC 2402Child Homelessness

3

CPSYC 3422Trauma and Crisis

3

CSOCL 3016Social Issues in Aging

3

CSWRK 3350Forensic Social Work

3

CSWRK 3450Child Welfare: Challenges and Solutions

3

At-Risk Organizations and Communities (18 Credits)

CSOCL 2113Children in Global Perspective

3

CSOCL 3551Activism and Change in Communities

3

CSOCL 4130Gender and Globalization

3

CPSYC 3422Trauma and Crisis

3

CPOLS 3450HBO's The Wire: The Politics of U.S. Urban Inequality

3

CSWRK 3301Challenging Racism

3

Self-Designed Specialization

Students may choose to work with a core faculty member to design their own specialization in an area of interest.  The specialization must include at least four courses that enhance the student’s knowledge and skill bases with a particular population or approach to service delivery.  (12-15 Credits)