Bachelor of Arts in Human Services

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:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the variety of careers available in the human services field and the complex issues confronting human service professionals.
  2. Demonstrate in-depth understanding of the sociological and psychological dynamics influencing a broad range of individual, family and community problems.
  3. Formulate and express a developed professional code of ethics for working in the human services field.
  4. Critically evaluate complex cases, synthesizing theory, knowledge and professional pragmatism to generate solutions in the human services.
  5. Demonstrate professionally developed communication competencies including appropriate listening and response selection skills for the human services field.
  6. 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.
  7. Conduct appropriate scholarly research in the human services field and communicate their results through written means.

Recommended Course Sequencing

FIRST YEAR

CJ101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
EN105 Advanced English Composition *
HU100 Foundations of Liberal Arts **
HU103 World History: 1500 to Present
MH204 Pre-Calculus *
MN105 Principles of Management
PS101 Introduction to Psychology
PS221 Human Development I: Childhood & Adolescence
SS107 Introduction to Sociology
Ways of Knowing Requirement ***

SECOND YEAR

CJ225 Juvenile Justice
EN205 Introduction to Literature
PM200 Human Resources Management
PS233 Community Psychology
PS235 abnormal Psychology
PS240 Psychology of Adjustment
SC103 Principles of Biology (4 credits)
SC232 Environmental Science (4 credits)
SS208 Social Problems
Historical & Global Awareness Requirement ***

THIRD YEAR

HS/PS301 Mediation & Conflict Resolution
HU305 Ethics
PD235 Multiculturalism in Professional Life
PS336 Family Psychology or PS367 Special Topics in Developmental Psychology
PS343 Problems of Childhood & Adolescence
PS344 Mental Health & the Law: Forensic Psychology
PS355 Art of Helping or PS365 Special Topics in Clinical Psychology
Diversity & Identity Requirement ***
Electives (2)

FOURTH YEAR

CJ305 Victimology
HA317 Social Policy & Aging
HS315 Addictions: Patterns, Policies, and Practices
HS320 Human Services: International Perspectives or SS305 Global Issues
HS490 Case Studies in Human Services
HS495 Seminar in Human Services
HU400 Synthesis of Liberal Arts
PS340 Psychology & Prejudice
PS422 Seminar in Ethical Conflicts in Psychology or CJ420 Selectied Topics in Criminology
Aesthetic Appreciation Requirement ***

Total Credits Required For Graduation: 122

* by placement
** If you have 15 or more accepted transfer credits, you may replace HU100 with an Arts and Sciences elective.
*** See course catalog or this page for listing of courses. 

Please see course descriptions for prerequisites. All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise indicated.

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