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Adult and Graduate Studies

Bachelor of Science in Human Services Requirements

Outline of Degree Requirements

General Studies HOURS
COL 181 Adult Student Orientation 0-1
ENGL 101 &
Written Communication II & III 6
COMM 171 Speech Communication 3
PSYC 182 General Psychology 3
SOC 151 Principles of Sociology 3
    History elective 3
    Social Science/Economics/History 3
    Foreign Language/Area Study (Travel) 3
    Literature/Art/Music/Drama elective 6
PHIL 250 Intro to Philosophy 3
BIOL 115 Human Biology (with lab) 4
MATH 111 Basic Probability & Statistics 3
    Bible electives 9
Total General Studies Hours 49-50
HS 278 Introduction to Human Service Professions 3
SOC 202 Race & Ethnicity 3
SOC 251 Social Psychology 3
HS 280 Group Facilitation in H.S. Professions 3
HS 371 Interviewing & People-Helping Skills 3
HS 320 Casework Methods & Writing in the H.S. Profession 3
HS 375 Crisis Intervention 3
HS 374 Fieldwork in Social Science 3
HS 420 Research & Program Evaluation 3
HS 410 Administration of H.S. Agencies 3
Select 2-3 Hours from courses below:  
PSYC 284 Child Growth & Development 3
PSYC 285 Adolescent Growth & Development 2
PSYC 287 School-Age Growth & Development 3
PSYC 288 Life Span Development 3
SOC 203 Sociology/Psychology of Aging 3
Select 9-10 hours from courses below:  
SOC 201 Problems & Issues 3
SOC 252 Marriage & Family 3
PSYC 386 Personality Theories 3
PSYC 481 Abnormal Psychology 4
Total Major Hours: 40-42
Elective Hours: 32-35


Course Descriptions

SOC 201- Problems & Issues -3 Hours

Prerequisite: SOC 151

This course explores the major issues confronting contemporary American society. It seeks to achieve understanding of the complex nature of social tensions and to assist the student in clarifying his/her own positions. In the process, students gain critical thinking and analytical skills by examining the arguments presented in scientific circles, political debate and the popular media.

SOC 202 - Race & Ethnicity -3 Hours

Prerequisite: SOC 151

The social dynamics of race and ethnicity, including prejudice, discrimination and public policy issues. The history of racial and ethnic groups in America will be reviewed in order to illustrate mechanisms for reducing prejudice.

SOC 203 - Sociology/Psychology of Aging -3 Hours

Prerequisite: SOC 151, PSYC 182

A study of changing individual needs and major events that affect adults in their later years. Learning, attitudes and emotional implications are considered. Attention is also given to the social resources available to help meet these needs. A useful course for students who intend to work with the elderly as either professionals or volunteers.

SOC 251 - Social Psychology -3 Hours

A general introduction to the sub-discipline of social psychology. Emphasis is on the impact of early and later socialization in the forming and modifying of beliefs, values, attitudes and on the various contexts for interpersonal behavior

SOC 252- Marriage & Family -3 hours

A study of the family as a basic social institution with cultural variations. Emphasis is upon premarital and marital factors that contribute to successful marriage or to family living are stressed.

HS 280 - Group Facilitation in Human Services Professions -3 Hours

Prerequisite: SOC Social Psychology and HS 278.

A study of techniques and practices used by human services practitioners in the group settings. Includes the process of the preparation, selection and facilitation of groups; group dynamics; and the observation and evaluation of group function.

HS 320 - Casework Methods & Writing in the Human Services Profession -3 Hours

Prerequisite: HS 278

Introduction to the methods used in casework management including (What? goal setting?). Course will also include the importance of utilizing community resources and brokerage of services with other agencies. Proficiency in writing real time case notes, case and supervisory reports, and legal/court reports will be emphasized. Grant writing for service agencies will also be discussed.

HS 278- Introduction to the Human Services Professions -3 hours

A study of the human service professions with emphasis on the philosophy, knowledge and skills of the practitioner in various settings. Course materials and field trips link theory and practice.

HS 371- Interviewing & People-Helping Skills -3 hours

A skills acquisition course where the student achieves a minimal competency level in listening, problem identification, goal setting and use of problem-solving strategies. Supervised practice includes extensive use of role playing, audio and videotaping and modeling.

HS 374- Fieldwork in Social Science -3 hours

An internship or cooperative education experience within selected business, social service or law enforcement agencies. Other off-campus learning experience may also be arranged in a metropolitan or cross-cultural setting. Requires advanced application and approval of instructor. May be repeated up to a total of six hours.

HS 375- Crisis Intervention -3 hours

An overview of crisis theory and the development of knowledge and skills to assist persons experiencing crises. Attention is given to topics such as death, divorce, suicide, physical or sexual abuse and other situational crises.

HS 420 - Research & Program Evaluation -3 Hours

Prerequisite: HS 320

An overview of research methodology, research literature and program evaluation. Emphasis will be placed on reading and writing a literature review as well as developing and writing program outcomes and evaluation plans.

HS 410 - Administration of Human Services Agencies -3 Hours

Prerequisite: HS 320

An overview of administration, management, and supervision of human services agencies. Laws, policy, legislation, and ethics affecting human services agencies and practitioners will also be emphasized. Advanced grant writing may also be included.

PSYC 288- Life Span Development -3 hours

A study of the basic principles and theories of human development with special emphasis given to the determinants of the human life span from the beginning of life through infancy, childhood, adolescence and adulthood to death and dying. Emphasis is placed on the transitional life processes as they occur at each stage, and attention is given to physical, intellectual, social and personality development in each stage of the life span.

PSYC 284. Child Growth & Development -3 Hours

Prerequisite: PSYC 182.
The physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of the child from conception to adolescence is examined. Special attention is given to techniques of managing behavior and to the role of the educator in the development process.

PSYC 285 - Adolescent Growth & Development -2 Hours

Prerequisite: PSYC 182

A study of the development of the adolescent and the young adult. Special attention will be given to physiological changes, intellectual development, the search for identity, relationships with parents, relationships with peers, problems of adolescence, career development and choosing a personal lifestyle.

PSYC 287 - School-Age Growth & Development -3 Hours

Prerequisite: PSYC 182

This course covers the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of school-age children and adolescents, focusing on ages 3 to 18. Developmental issues such as language, identity, achievement, gender, sexuality, career formation, relationships with parents, family and peers, and age-specific problems are studied. Special attention is given to development theories and their application to the educational setting and the role of the educator in the development process. Some discussion of prenatal and infant development and its impact on school-age children will also be included.

PSYC 386- Personality Theories -3 hours

Prerequisite: PSYC 288

A study of basic theoretical approaches to human personality. Major personality theorists are reviewed and their positions are compared, contrasted and synthesized. An attempt is made to evaluate theories and their relationship with the Christian faith.

PSYC 481- Abnormal Psychology -3 hours

A study of various forms of abnormal human behavior in relation to their causative factors. Emphasis is placed upon the concern for methods of prevention and cure.