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

Human Services Degree Completion Option (B.S.)

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This option is open to students who have completed between 50 and 90 credits with grades of C or higher in appropriate courses at another college or university and have been working full-time for at least six months in a social service agency, or to people with bachelor’s degrees in other fields who would like to develop a career in human services.  No more than 90 credits may be accepted in transfer.  All degree candidates must earn at least 30 credits in academic courses in residence at Mount Ida College, including 24 credits in human services.

Students must fulfill all the requirements for the four-year program except for CC101, although many of the courses may be transferred from the previous school.  Students whose six months of work experience in a community agency is documented by a letter from a supervisor may receive some college credit for their work experience provided that they meet the academic standards for obtaining that credit.  (See note below regarding HS350 and HS360).

Career and Advanced Study Options

Human Services graduates work in child welfare, elder services, youth work, transitional assistance, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, family services, community organizing, and advocacy.  In addition, they may pursue graduate programs in social work, social welfare, counseling, law, criminal justice, psychology or sociology.

Learning Objectives

In addition to the All College Curriculum skills and perspectives, graduate 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.


I. Required Human Service Courses: (36 credits)

Note: At least 8 of these courses must be completed at Mount ida College, including HS 404 and HS 406. Up to 6 credits may be earned for present or recent work experience. See the explanation of HS 350 and HS 360 under “IV. Open Electives” below.

  • Two Human Services electives  6 credits  

III. Other Required Courses (27 credits)

  • Interdisciplinary Seminar 3 credits
  • Historical Understanding Elective 3 credits
  • Scientific Understanding Elective 3 credits
  • Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3 credits
  • Literature Elective 3 credits

IV. Open Electives: (30 credits)

Open electives may include additional Human Services courses or other college-level courses taken at Mount Ida or elsewhere.  Up to 6 credits may be earned for present or recent work experience toward the B.S. through completion of HS350 (3 credits) and HS360 (3 credits) respectively.  For each three credits, the student is required to write a 30-page paper, in consultation with a member of the Social Science faculty, that describes both the work experience and the information learned from it, supplemented by library research.

Total Credits: (120)

(with 50-90 credits of the total accepted in transfer)

Suggested Course Sequence:

Due to the variables of a degree completion program, students should determine course sequencing with their Academic Advisor.


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

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