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2012 - 2013 College Catalog 
2012 - 2013 College Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Human Services (B.S.)

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The Human Services Program prepares students for careers in helping professions.  The emphasis on cultural competence and social justice encourages sensitivity to people’s real-life situations.  Courses in sociology and psychology provide a strong social science base, while opportunities for field experience enable students to apply this academic learning to practice in a professional setting. 

Career and Advanced Study Options

Graduates of the Human Services Program work in child welfare, elder services, youth work, public assistance, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, family services, community organizing, and advocacy.  In addition, they may pursue graduate degrees in human services, social work, social welfare, counseling, law, criminal justice, psychology, or sociology.

Learning Objectives

In addition to the All College Curriculum skills and perspective, graduates of the Human Services Program will be able to:

  • Work effectively with people whose race, culture, religion, sexual orientation, or economic background is different from their own;
  • Assist people in navigating a complex system for obtaining help with basic necessities, such as affordable housing, health care, food, child care, or disability services;
  • Write clear, concise and informative case records and service plans;
  • Apply the problem-solving approach to the difficulties that individuals face;
  • Help to empower people by teaching them the problem-solving process so that they may become self-sufficient in meeting their needs;
  • Advocate for people who cannot always advocate for themselves, such as children, developmentally disabled adults, and people for whom English is not their first language;
  • Empower individuals and communities to work to alter the social structures that increase the problems of vulnerable populations.

Policies, Conditions, and/or Fees

A minimum grade of C- or higher is required for all program-specific required courses (courses with the designation of HS) in this major.


III. Other Required Courses: (30 credits)

  • Science Elective  3 credits
    (Scientific Understanding)
  • History Elective  3 credits
    (Historical Understanding)
  • Humanities/Fine Arts Elective  3 credits
  • Literature Elective 3 credits
  • Interdisciplinary Seminar 3 credits
    (“W” Course)

IV. Open Electives: (27 credits)

 9 courses which may include:

  • The requirements for an optional minor (18 credits)
  • Additional Human Services courses
  • Any other courses of interest to the student, which will be selected in consultation with his or her faculty advisor


Total Credits: (120)


All College Curriculum
Students must satisfy Oral and Written Communication Requirements of the All College Curriculum. These are courses inside or outside the program/major that have been identified as meeting the requirements for writing-intensive (“W”) or oral communication (“O”) courses. Students must include the following among their course selections:

Written: 3 courses beyond EN 102 must be writing-intensive (“W”) courses (the Interdisciplinary Seminar and two other “W” courses).
Oral: 2 courses must be oral communication (“O”) courses.

Suggested Course Sequence:

(Prerequisites of program-specific courses are listed in parentheses; prerequisites of all courses can be found in the Course Descriptions.)

First Year: (30 credits)

  • History Elective (recommended: HI 208 or HI 209)   3 credits

Second Year: (30 credits)

  • Two (2) Open Electives 6 credits 
  • Science Elective  3 credits
  • Human Services Elective  3 credits

Third Year: (30 credits)

  • Two (2) Open Electives 6 credits
  • Literature Elective 3 credits
  • Interdisciplinary Seminar 3 credits
  • One (1) Human Services Elective 3 credits

Fourth Year: (30 credits)

  • Five (5) Open Electives   15 credits
  • Humanities/Fine Arts Elective  3 credits

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