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Human Services (BS)

About the Human Service Bachelor Degree

The Bachelor of Science in Human Services program is an interdisciplinary program that prepares students to assess the social and developmental needs of individuals and families—particularly of those who are considered at-risk or otherwise troubled—and either to participate directly in delivering the services required to address their needs, or to arrange and coordinate the delivery of quality services by others.

Learning Outcomes
  • Discuss the purposes, methods, history, and contributions of Human Services professions; of the organization and functioning of the public and private agencies that constitute the domestic social welfare system; and of the delivery of services to individuals and families
  • Demonstrate skills in observation, needs assessment, social intervention, program development and implementation, and evaluation of outcomes
  • Assess the human service needs of individuals, families, and communities 
  • Employ techniques to encourage those they assist to become as self-sufficient as possible
  • Evaluate which kinds of improvements in the external environment and human services systems would best facilitate the full realization of human potential
Human Services Career Track

The program readies students for entry-level employment and subsequent career advancement in the human services field in various public and private organizations and settings. These include: federal, state, and local social welfare agencies; child care, youth services, and recreational organizations; schools and other educational venues; the criminal justice and correctional system; selected roles in not-for-profit organizations; and health care settings, such as hospitals, physician and psychologist practices, community health centers, health maintenance organizations, nursing and assisted living facilities, and rehabilitation centers. 

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Human Services Program Requirements

First Year

Course Number Course Title Fall Spring
CS101 Computer Applications    3
EN101 English I 3  
EN102 English II   3
HS101 Introduction to Human Services 3  
IS105 Common Experience1 1  
PS101 Introduction to Psychology  3  
PS208 Abnormal Psychology    3
  Free Elective 3  
  Humanities Elective   3
  Math/Science/Computer Science Elective2 3  
 

Program Elective (CJ, HS, PS, SO, or ECE)3

  3
  Total Credit 16 15

Graduate and Professional Studies students excluded

2 Must take math if placed in MA003 or MA106

3 Up to 6 credits of ECE may be used

Second Year

Course Number Course Title Fall Spring
HS202 Practice of Counseling and interviewing   3
PS222 Psychology of Personality    3
MA121
PS210
Basic Statistics 
Statistics for Psychology
3  
SO121 Social Justice, Race, & Gender Issues in American Society  3  
  Communication Elective   3
  Free Elective 3  
  Humanities Elective    3
  Program Elective (CJ, HS, PS, SO or ECE)1 3 3
  Science Elective 3/4  
  Total Credits 15/16

15

1Not required for Graduate and Professional Studies students, course replaced with free elective 

 

Third Year

Course Number Course Title Fall Spring
HS207 Ethical Issues 3  
HS301 Crisis Intervention 3  
HS460 Human Services Internship   3
IS220 Preparation for Careers and Life after College1 3  
PS211 Research Methods in Psychology   3
  Free Elective   6
  Program Elective (CJ, HS, PS, SO, or ECE)2 3  
  Social Sciences Elective   3
  Humanities Elective (300/400 level) 3  
  Total Credits 15 15

1 Not required for Graduate and Professional Studies students, course will be replaced with free elective

2 Up to 6 credits of ECE may be used

Fourth Year

Course Number Course Title Fall Spring
HS402 Systems and Policies    3
HS450 Senior Project   3
  Experiential Learning1 3  
  Global Awareness Elective 3  
  Free Elective 6  
  Humanities Elective (300/400 level) 3  
  Social Sciences Elective (300/400 level)   3
  Total Credits 15 15

1May be fulfilled by HS461, IS315, or a program-director-approved research project