Human Services

This major is intended to prepare students for a variety of “helping professions” so they can respond to changes in the economy, the healthcare system, and society. The combination of coursework offers a solid grounding in the exploration of human and social problems and effective responsiveness in professional and personal settings. It is expected that students completing the Human Services major will:

  • exhibit the ability to communicate clearly in oral and written communication
  • demonstrate proficiency in skills necessary for creating, testing and evaluating hypotheses and evaluating research
  • perform successfully in a job-related field experience in an area of special interest to the “helping professions”
  • demonstrate specific skills commonly used in counseling, and understand common issues typically faced by counselors
  • differentiate the major models of abnormal behavior and their implied methods of intervention
  • articulate major issues facing contemporary law enforcement

Required courses for the Human Services Major

  • CJ 231 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 hrs.
  • CJ 260 Criminal Law and Individual Rights 3 hrs.
  • CJ 355 Law Enforcement 3 hrs.
  • PSYC 131 General Psychology 3 hrs.
  • PSYC 326 Introduction to Counseling 3 hrs.
  • PSYC 361 Abnormal Psychology 3 hrs.
  • PSYC/SOC 205 The Family 3 hrs.
  • SOC 243 Social Problems 3 hrs.
  • SOC 310 Race and Ethnicity 3 hrs.
  • SSCI 347 Research Methods 3 hrs.
  • Field Experience 6 hrs.

Choose one of the following:

  • CJ 316 Introduction to Corrections 3 hrs.
  • PSYC 240 Theories of Personality 3 hrs.
  • PSYC/SOC 209 Social Psychology 3 hrs.
  • PSYC 310 Introduction to Forensic Psychology 3 hrs.
  • SOC 320 Social Organizations 3 hrs.

Total 39 hours

Required Support Courses for the Human Services Major

All Human Services majors must complete the following with a grade of C- or better:

  • MATH 171 Elementary Statistics 4 hrs.
  • ENG 311 Expository Writing 3 hrs.
  • COMM 147 Introduction to Public Speaking 3 hrs.