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Human Services

Bachelor of Arts

If you wish to serve the disadvantaged and distressed, want to make a difference in your community, care about others and can advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves, the Bachelor of Arts in Human Services may be the degree for you. Course work in family dynamics, family law, developmental psychology, personality theory, abnormal psychology, criminology, and case management, all prepare for a career in child advocacy counseling, community outreach coordination, juvenile court advocacy work, family support coordination, or social services case work that offer rewards beyond just a paycheck.

Coursework will include:

Introduction to the Human Services

The purpose of this course is to help students appreciate and understand the varied influences upon the delivery of human services to individuals and groups throughout history. Students will gain insight into how factors such as superstition, politics, economics, disease, religion, racism, pseudo-science, sexism, and science influence how societies determine the delivery of human services. Students will learn how the evolution of human service models has been far from a linear progression and what factors continue to exert influence upon the delivery of contemporary human services. In addition, students will be introduced to foundational theories of psychology, sociology, anthropology, in tandem with political considerations as factors shaping the modern delivery of human services to populations in need. Finally, the course will introduce students to the range of career opportunities within the field as well as some of the personal, interpersonal, ethical, and legal challenges facing the contemporary working human service professional.

Family Dynamics for the Human Services

This course will focus upon the family as a dynamic, interactive, changing force in contemporary life. How families respond to and influence change will be examined. Social changes that have occurred and continue to occur in Western culture will be studied and their influences upon familial relationships will be explored. Such influences will be considered within the context of fundamental theories applied to the study of families and family life. This course will also study the nature of family relationships across the life-span, paying particular attention to the fluctuating nature and meaning of those relationships as they occur at various stages of familial and individual development. The course will begin with an introduction to the major theoretical perspectives governing the study of family relationships. This information will provide the student with a fundamental understanding and appreciation of the various ways in which science approaches the study of families and family relationships.

Case Management for Human Services

This course is designed to provide students with insight into the operations of case management as a process that human services professionals use in the delivery of services. Emphasis is placed on the process of interviewing, documenting social histories, administering assessments, applying the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), developing treatment plans, making referrals, recording events appropriately, maintaining service records, and terminating cases. In addition, the course will cover ethical issues involved in case management, as well as the emotional demands of the profession and self-care techniques for maintaining a healthy professional life.

Senior Seminar in Human Services

This advanced capstone course will allow students to critically explore contemporary issues in the field of human services and integrate both theoretical and practical aspects gained through knowledge in prior courses within the program.

Family and Human Services

This course will concentrate on past, current and emerging areas in family law, and the court system that addresses them. Topics include parental rights and responsibilities, legal relations, marriage and divorce, child custody and support, alimony, domestic violence, adoption, and criminal and tortious conduct pertaining to domestic relations. Some emphasis will be placed on problems incident to the creation, preservation and dissolution of the family unit. This course also intends to acquaint and supplement students with an overview of the interdisciplinary field of human services. Students will be able to identify the domain of human services as an interdisciplinary area of theory and practice.

Introduction to Criminal Justice

This course provides an overview of the American Criminal Justice System, with emphasis on public service careers. The course provides an examination of the structure and function of law enforcement, the judiciary, corrections and the role of social services within the Criminal Justice system. The course examines law and order issues facing federal, state and local agencies.


This course will provide a comprehensive overview of causes of crime and the criminal mindset. This study of Criminology will include biological, psychological, and sociological theories of crime causation, as well as a history of its study. Specific crimes that are illustrative of main theories will be reviewed, as well as discussion on the ultimate issue of Criminology, crime reduction.

Developmental Psychology

Human Growth and Development studies the life span of the individual, tracing the changes occurring from conception to death. Several basic themes of development are examined including the interaction of heredity and environment, physical growth and development, social factors, changes in personality, self concept and emotional growth.

Social Psychology

Social psychology is the scientific study of how people’s thoughts, feelings, and actions are affected by others. This course focuses on the consequences of social influences on individuals and the way that they understand the world; on social interaction between and among people; and on group processes.

Personality Theory

Personality is what makes us differ from one another–yet makes us consistent and stable over time. This course will review the personality theories of noted psychologists such as Freud, Erikson, Jung, Skinner, Adler, Bandura, and Rogers. This course will also include historical views of personality. Assessment of measurement of personality will be discussed, and students will explore both objective and subjective personality tests. The role of personality in career choice will be included.

Abnormal Psychology

This course will deal with the biological, psychosocial, and sociocultural viewpoints, and abnormality and deviance. The historical views of mental illness and abnormality will also be covered. The full range of disorders will be analyzed including additions, personality disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, sexual variations and psychoses. The course will also provide an overview of the available therapies and interventions.

Test & Measurements

The course will focus on the construction and evaluation of a variety of standardized tests in the areas of aptitude, achievement, intelligence, and personality. Students will study test design, use of findings, and testing concepts such as norms, standardization, reliability, and validity.

Social Science Research

An introduction to the field of research methods as they apply to marketing research. The course covers such topics as choosing a research problem, selecting an appropriate research design, data collection, questionnaire construction, data reduction and analysis, and research management. In order to develop the student’s capability to conduct research, the course incorporates several exercises and projects that provide the students with a realistic understanding of the research process. This course aims to teach the basic techniques and also provide practice in conducting exploratory research.

Effective Fall 2020