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Human Services

Bachelor of Science Degree

The Human Services major integrates human services, psychology, healthcare, and the business disciplines. The major offers students the opportunity to study methods and models for human services practices as well as social service theories, all in conjunction with the study of service technologies including programs, nonprofit organizations and their management, and other human service delivery systems. Students thus gain an applied knowledge base that prepares them to work on individual human problems using a whole‐person approach and to work on larger social problems using a systems approach. The Human Services degree prepares students to become human services practitioners who promote the autonomy of individuals and groups, who strive to make human services systems more humane, and who work for greater social justice at all levels of society.

Students pursuing a Human Services degree take a core set of courses in human services, psychology,
healthcare, and business and then choose one of the following tracks: Generalist or Child & Family. Each
track has required courses and electives that further prepare students to achieve their chosen career goal.
The Generalist Track prepares students to work in a wide range of jobs in the human service field. The
Child and Family Track prepares students to work with children and families who are experiencing
problems that impede their full functioning in daily life. Human Services majors in all tracks are required
to complete an internship.

Human Services Program Objectives

Graduates in Human Services will be able to:

1. Understand systems theory and how to work within such systems to promote change.
2. Have an understanding of optimal human functioning and the conditions that limit such functioning.
3. The ability to identify and select interventions that promote human growth and development.
4. The ability to plan, implement and evaluate interventions.
5. Understand the ethical considerations associated with selecting interventions.

Practicum Requirement

Participation in at least one practicum experience is required of all students. The experience gained through the practice of theory and techniques in the field is an important element of the profession. Students are placed with community agencies and private-practice sites under the supervision of professionals. In addition, students attend a weekly seminar that prepares them to search for, apply to, and successfully interview with potential places of employment.

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.

Program of Study

General Core Requirements
Py150    Psychology
Hs450   Senior Seminar

Human Services Core Courses
Hs250   Case Management & Community Systems
Hs321   Social Research (Mg330 Marketing Research and Nu311 Research and Evidence-Based Nursing Practice may be considered as a sutbstitute for this requirement)
Hs310   Human Behavior in Social Environments
Hs340   Individual and Group Interventions
Hs360   Community Based Interventions
Hs400   Practicum

Diversity Requirement (choose 1)
So201    Social Problems
So250    Race, Ethnicity, Gender & Class

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

Development Requirement (Choose 1)
Py203    Lifespan Development (required for Generalist track)
Py205    Child Development (required for Child and Family track)
Py206    Adulthood and Aging
Py307    Issues in Adolescence

Clinical Issues (Choose 1)
Hs207   Exceptional Children
Hs208   Chemical Dependency
Hs260   Family Violence (Required for Child & Family track)
Hs351   Health & Stress
Py402    Abnormal Psychology
Hs General Electives (2 courses)

Child & Family Specialty Track
The degree requirements for this track are the same as the above, with the following exceptions.

Development Requirement
Py205 – Child Development (Required)

Clinical Requirement
Hs260  Family Violence (Required)

Additional Required Courses
Cj304  Juvenile Justice
Hs204  Families & Society
Hs445  Impact of Trauma

Healthcare & Community Advocacy Track
The degree requirements for this track are the same as the above, with the following exceptions.

Development Requirement (1 course)
Hs203  Lifespan Development

Clinical Requirement (1 course)
Hs351  Health & Stress (Required)

Additional Requirements  (3 courses)
Hc100  Introduction to Healthcare
Hs310  Healthcare Law (or Hc315 Healthcare Insurance)
Hs415  Conflict Resolution

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