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.
7. Identify viable funding sources to support human service programs and initiatives.
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
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)
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
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