Academic Program Mission Statement:
The Bachelor of Arts in Human Services prepares students for employment in a range of public and private human services agencies and community organizations. The curriculum follows an interdisciplinary model, with courses drawn from psychology, social science, criminal justice, law, business management and healthcare. Students learn to synthesize theory, knowledge and professional pragmatism to respond effectively to social issues and challenges. Critical evaluation of case studies helps to facilitate students’ understanding of the sociological and psychological dynamics that influence a broad spectrum of individual, family and community problems. In addition, the program emphasizes multicultural sensitivity and other interpersonal skills essential to the helping professions. Graduates may go on to work in settings that address health, social, educational, recreational, mental health and safety needs.
Program Student Learning Outcomes:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the variety of careers available in the human services field and the complex issues confronting human service professionals.
- Demonstrate in-depth understanding of the sociological and psychological dynamics influencing a broad range of individual, family and community problems.
- Formulate and express a developed professional code of ethics for working in the human services field.
- Critically evaluate complex cases, synthesizing theory, knowledge and professional pragmatism to generate solutions in the human services.
- Demonstrate professionally developed communication competencies including appropriate listening and response selection skills for the human services field.
- Demonstrate multi-cultural sensitivity in interacting with people of all genders, representing various nationalities, ethnicities, races, cultures, religions, lifestyles and value systems in all human services contexts.
- Conduct appropriate scholarly research in the human services field and communicate their results through written means.
Recommended Course Sequencing:
Please see course descriptions for prerequisites. All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise indicated.
CJ101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
EN105 Advanced English Composition *
EN206 Introduction to Literature
HU100 Foundations of Liberal Arts **
HU135 World Religions or HU152 Introduction to Western Philosophy
MH201 College Algebra or MH203 Survey of Math *
PS101 Introduction to Psychology
PS221 Human Development I: Childhood and Adolescence
Arts & Science Elective
CJ225 Juvenile Justice
HU103 World Civilizations (Modern)
MN105 Principles of Management
PS233 Community Psychology
PS235 Abnormal Psychology
PS240 Psychology of Adjustment
SS208 Social Problems
Laboratory Science Elective (4 credits)
200-level or higher Literature Elective
LW301 Mediation and Conflict Resolution
MN201 Human Resources Management
PS255 Art of Helping
PS336 Family Psychology
SS235 Multiculturalism in Professional Life
HA318 Aging in the 21st Century
HS315 Addictions: Patterns, Policies, and Practices
HS320 Human Services: International Perspectives
HS490 Case Studies in Human Services
HS495 Seminar in Human Services
PS340 Psychology and Prejudice
PS422 Ethical Conflicts in Psychology
Total Credits Required For Graduation: 121
* by placement
** If you have 15 or more accepted transfer credits, you may replace HU100 with an Arts and Sciences elective.