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Human Services

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Bachelor of Science Degree

The Human Services program takes an interdisciplinary approach to learning. Students will take courses in human services, criminal justice, psychology, healthcare, and economics in order to develop a broad background in different social science theories. An interdisciplinary learning approach better prepares students to address complex human problems like poverty and mental health. Emphasis is placed on using systems theory so students can think critically about the interconnections among the individual, community, and society before rendering care or seeking social change. Majors in human services gain both theoretical and applied knowledge that ultimately prepares them to provide direct and indirect services to individuals, communities, and society.

Human Services Program Objectives

Graduates in Human Services will be able to:

1. Employ humane services technologies like case management and counseling;
2. Create effective programmatic human service designs or community-based organizations to address an array of social problems;
3. Advocate for more inclusive human service delivery systems that serve all people despite their differences and ability to pay;
4. Manage and facilitate work groups in nonprofit and government agencies;
5. Participate in policy analysis to ensure greater equity for marginalized groups;
6. Research human problems from a systems approach in order to find humane solutions; and
7. Identify viable funding sources to support human service programs and initiatives.

Internship Requirement

Human Services majors are eligible to begin an internship after completing a minimum of 64 credits, at least 20 of which must be in the Human Services major, and have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. The purpose of an internship is to give students an opportunity to use theories and skills that they have acquired from the Human Services core courses. The Internship Director will help students find the appropriate field placement and will remain actively involved with students to ensure successful completion of the internship.

Students can complete their internships in an array of nonprofit or public social service agencies. While students are engaged in their fieldwork they are also required to attend an internship seminar class and meet for supervision with an Internship Course Instructor. Students’ fieldwork performance will be evaluated by their agency supervisor. The Internship Course Instructor oversees the internship process for appropriateness and will assess students’ overall performance in order to assign a final grade.

General Core Requirements
Hs450 Senior Seminar
Py150 Psychology

Human Services Core Courses
Hs100 Introduction to Human Services
Hs/Hp160 Social Welfare & Social Policy (if not met in general core)
Hs250 Case Management & Community Systems
Hs340 Small Group Process and Facilitation
Hs360 Community-based Interventions
Ss321 Social Research (Mg330 Marketing Research and Nu311 Research and Evidence-Based Nursing Practice may be considered as a substitute for this requirement)
Ss495 Internship

Diversity Requirement (choose 1)
So201 Social Problems
So250 Diversity in America

Ethics Requirement (Choose 1)
Hs315 Ethics for the Helping Professions (recommended) 
So206 Social Ethics

Fiscal Development Requirement (Choose 1)
Cm/En308 Grant Writing
Mg340 Event Development and Management
Mg450 Philanthropy

Business Requirement (Choose 1)
Hc310 Healthcre Law
Mg110 Accounting Fundamentals
Mg120 Foundations of Economics
Mg225 Business Law

Service Populations (Choose 2, 1 must be 300- or 400-level)
Cj304 Juvenile Justice
Hs204 Family Dynamics
Hs208 Chemical Dependency
Hs260 Family Violence
Hs415 Conflict Resolution
Hs445  Impact of Trauma in Systems
Py402 Abnormal Psychology

General Electives

Recommended Course Sequence
First year – Fall
En101 English Composition I
Fy100 Quest for Success
Py150 Psychology

First Year – Spring
En102 English Composition II
Fiscal Development Requirement
General Core Requirement (Hs/Hp160 Social Welfare & Social Policy recommended)
General Core Requirement

Second Year – Fall
Diversity Requirement (So250 Diversity in America recommended)
Service Population Requirement
General Core Requirement
General Elective

Second Year – Spring
Hs250 Case Management and Community Systems
Business Requirement
General Core Requirement
General Elective

Third Year – Fall
Hs340 Small Group Process and Facilitation
Ethics Requirement
General Core Requirement General Elective

Third Year – Spring
Hs360 Community Based Interventions
General Core Requirement
General Elective
General Elective

Fourth Year – Fall
Ss321 Social Research
Ss495 Internship
General Core Requirement
General Elective

Fourth Year – Spring
Service Population Requirement
Hs450 Senior Seminar
General Elective
General Elective

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