Human Services | BA
The Bachelor of Arts in Human Services provides students with a broad-based and interdisciplinary education focused on the preparation of individuals who seek a career in a wide variety of professional settings in education, human services, social services, and related fields. The major is specifically designed to encourage students to self-design their major field of study while also completing a core set of courses in the liberal arts and in the interdisciplinary field of Human Services.
The overarching goals for the Bachelor of Arts in Human Services program are those aligned to the Standards for Human Service Professionals. Specifically, for students to develop an understanding of the Human Service Professional’s Responsibility to clients, the community and society, to colleagues, to the profession, and to employers.
HMS 101 – Introduction to Human Services
An interdisciplinary course designed to expose students to an overview of the worldwide multiple disciplines in human services./p>
HMS 210 – Interviewing Techniques
This course is designed to help students become effective interviewers. The course uses facilitated discussions, class activities, audiotaped and videotaped conversations, and in-class demonstrations to teach students various interviewing techniques.
HMS 214 – Professional Issues in Human Services
This course will prepare students interested in human services for the field placement experience and its accompanying field seminars.
HMS 320 – Diversity Issues in Human Services
This course explores the variety of ways in which culture and diversity interact with the human services professions.
HMS 310 – Observation, Documentation & Assessment
Students will use systematic observations, documentation, and reflection to develop a plan to influence positively a child’s development and learning (field placement required).
HMS 315 – Family and Community Relationships
Examines how the relationship among schools, families, and communities affects the adjustment of children.
PSY 490 – Group Dynamics
This advanced course provides students with an understanding of systems theory as it applies to group behavior.
PSY 498 – Internship
An opportunity for senior students to gain practical experience in the field of human services within local agencies and community services. For majors only; minimum GPA 2.80.
HMS 490 – Senior Seminar
An advanced capstone seminar designed to help psychology and human services majors identify and address areas in the field in which they desire further study.
BUS 110 Leadership I or BUS 260 Principles of Management
Developmental Psychology course
Choose one: PSY 207, PSY 215, PSY 217, SWK 348, or SWK 349
Course Of Study
- Financial Planner
- Insurance sales
- Data Analyst
- Cyber security
- Entrepreneur/Small Business Owner
- Certified Financial Planner
- Financial Analyst
- Marketing Manager
- Real Estate Agent/Manager
- Financial Planner
- Procurement Manager
- Retail Store Manager
The goals and educational objectives/student learning outcomes are to:
- Examine the complexity of individual and family development across the lifespan in diverse contexts and changing environments
- Analyze processes, policies, and contextual factors that affect the delivery of human services to individuals and families
- Demonstrate professional ethical and culturally sensitive standards of conduct
Students in this major may opt for the Early Education and Care Certification Minor. There is also a Human Services track for this major.
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- BIO 115 – Medical Terminology
- HMS 202 – Cultural Diversity In Health and Human Services
- HMS 325 – Family and Community Relations
- HMS 302 – Chronic Disease and Compliance
- HMS 303 – Health Informatics, Data Entry and Documentation
- HMS 401 – Navigating Qualified Health Plans
Students will participate in an internship seminar course in the semester(s) in which they accrue internship hours and experience. The course is designed to supplement the student’s internship experience, and it also acts as an opportunity to support and supervise student interns.
This list below includes sites where students have worked in the past as well as sites where students could potentially work in the future. Please consult with your academic advisor regarding internships that might be interesting to you.