2019-2020 Catalog

Human Services, Bachelor of Arts

The B.A. in Human Services prepares students with the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities to make significant contributions to the profession via direct service to individuals, families, groups, and communities, or via management of service organizations. It also provides a strong foundation for pursuing graduate studies in human services, social work, counseling, criminal justice, health care, or other related fields. Combining a basic core and a field-experience capstone with options for several emphasis areas, the program is designed for maximum flexibility to meet students’ needs and support their academic and professional aspirations. It serves students who enter with technical or associate’s degrees in various social service or allied health fields as well as students who are new to the profession. The core establishes a solid interdisciplinary knowledge base focused on meeting human needs and improving the overall quality of life of service populations.

The Bachelor of Arts in Human Services will prepare students to:

  • Analyze the history, core theories, and interdisciplinary knowledge base of the human services professions.
  • Apply the highest standards of ethical practice, including self-awareness and values clarification.
  • Construct a plan for ongoing personal and professional development that is responsive to the learner’s needs and those of his/her community.
  • Design and implement appropriate interventions that take social, cultural, ethnic, gender, age, ability, and other areas of diversity into account.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of programs and organizations that serve the needs of various diverse service populations.

Total Required Credits (180 Credits)

Required

College Composition

5

College Mathematics***

5

Humanities*

15

Social Sciences*

15

Natural Science/Math*

15

Lower – Division Electives

35

Preparatory Courses (30 Credits)

HSVC 200Introduction to Human Services (SS)

5

PSY 201Introduction To Psychology (SS)

5

PSY 202Understanding Human Development (SS)

5

PSY 209Fundamentals of Research Methods in Social Sciences (NS)

5

PSY 220Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology (SS)

5

PSY 240Critical Thinking and Writing Skills in Social Sciences (HU)

5

*A minimum of two different academic disciplines within each of the areas is required to meet the distributions of Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences/Math.

*** This program requires MATH 107 (Mathematical Reasoning and its Applications) or higher.

Human Services Core (55 Credits)

PSY 313Ethics (SS)

5

PSY 411Organizational Behavior (SS)

5

SOC 412Sociology of the Family (SS)

5

PSY 324Introduction to Behavioral Pharmacology (NS)

5

HSVC 470Social Justice in Human Services

5

HSVC 370Providing Services for Clients with Disabilities (SS)

5

HSVC 410Assessment and Intervention with Diverse Populations (SS)

5

HSVC 420Advocacy for Diverse Communities (SS)

5

HSVC 472Change Theory and Motivational Interviewing Skills

5

HSVC 455Trauma Recovery

5

 

HSVC 491Internship and Practicum in Human Services

5

(or)

HSVC 492Human Services Culminating Project

5

Upper Division Elective (5 Credits)

Specialized Study Emphasis (25 Credits)*

The Specialized study emphasis allows students to frame a degree focus in a specific area consistent with their current or anticipated field of interest or specialization. Students work with their advisor to identify the courses required for the specialized study concentration and document the rationale for the selections. This concentration proposal is subject to approval by the Program Director.

*Credits must be upper division