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Applied Human Services (BHS)

(Effective Fall 2012)

The Applied Human Services baccalaureate is designed to prepare women and men for careers in a variety of human services fields: services for persons with developmental disabilities or mental illness, services for individuals who have been adjudicated in the criminal justice system, services for individuals and families in crisis, services for older individuals, and services for individuals with a chemical dependency. The major provides students with a solid grounding in the general theories and principles of assessing human needs and responding to those needs in the least restrictive environment. Students may build a curriculum that emphasizes human service theory and practice targeted for specific populations or may emphasize the administration of human services, as opposed to direct care. Students will complete a general core of math, science, humanities, computer science and communications. This liberal arts core and the human services specialization reflect a recognition that strong written and oral communication skills are critical to ethical human service practice and successful tenure in the field, that practical experience is equally as important as theoretical knowledge to serve others competently, and that an understanding of how technology can assist human service recipients often equips providers with useful and marketable tools.

Career Opportunities

Social services caseworker, child protective services worker, drug and alcohol counselor, probation officer, residential services worker, youth development counselor, corrections officer, crisis-line worker, and shelter worker, among others.

Recommended High School Subjects

Three years of English, one year of biology, two or more years of algebra, a course in computer science, keyboarding, psychology and health.

Remediation Strategies

Prior to registering for HSR 115, Introduction to Human Services, or any other HSR course, students must remediate any deficiencies in English or reading. Any math deficiency must be remediated by the end of the first year of the program.

Transfer Procedures

Graduates of Penn College's Human Services associate degree will transfer into the baccalaureate all major courses (defined as those with HSR, ENL, PSY, SOC, SPC designators) when those courses have been completed with grades of 'C' or better. Graduate-transfers must meet the SPC 101 and the computer requirement. Internal and external transfers may carry parallel major courses into the baccalaureate when the grades are 'C' or better. Transcripts should be submitted with the application for admission and will be evaluated by Admissions staff and by Integrated Studies staff. Courses completed 10 or more years before students enroll in the program will receive individual attention, as they are not automatically accepted; work experience will affect the acceptance of such courses.

Program Goals

In addition to meeting the goals established for the associate degree, graduates of the Applied Human Services program should be able to

  • qualify for CPR and first aid certification.
  • draft reports, case studies, grants, and proposals that include appropriate documentation and that demonstrate mastery of the full range of writing skills.
  • recognize and use professional behaviors in their dealings with clients, peers, supervisors, funding sources, and the public.
  • apply the tenets of effective oral communication: critical listening, adaptation to diverse audiences, varied delivery techniques, and control of non-verbals.
  • understand the funding streams that pervade this profession and be able to apply statistical analysis to the design and administration of budgets.
  • recognize and respect the range of cultural, class, and economic factors that shape values and affect behavior.
  • log site observations that represent the full range of human services and recognize the demands endemic to specific agencies and services.
  • interact effectively in one-to-one and in group settings.
  • choose and apply appropriate-to-the-situation counseling methodologies.
  • develop the means to remain current by identifying, consulting, and citing the appropriate literature; by identifying and assuming the appropriate professional memberships (local, state, national); and by actively participating in appropriate organizations.
  • gain familiarity with the technology available to human services providers and clients, recognizing its uses and limitations, its applications, and its sources.
  • understand the role of Civil Service regulations within the profession and be prepared to qualify for Civil Service positions.

Performance Standards

Admission to the major does not guarantee permission to take the internship courses and to graduate from the program. Continuation in the program to graduation and permission to take internship courses are predicated not only upon satisfactory academic performance, but also upon satisfactory demonstration of professional and ethical responsibility, personal responsibility, and satisfactory demonstration of skills and abilities prerequisite to the ethical delivery of services in the field. (For more specific information about the criteria used to evaluate students' progress, a copy of the program manual can be obtained from the School of Integrated Studies.) Students must complete all courses in the major (those courses with the alpha-designators ENL, HSR, PSY, SPC and SOC) with a grade of 'C' or above. Failure to achieve a grade of 'C' or above in a course after the maximum attempts allowed by College policy, results in withdrawal from the major in which the course is required. Students should work closely with their advisers and with the program faculty to ensure that they are meeting all criteria for satisfactory progress in the program. Baccalaureate degree students who have accumulated more than 45 credits, but fewer than 65 credits and students transferring into the BHS program with over 45 accumulated credits, must submit an upper class candidacy plan of study. Students must meet with their advisers to discuss the requirements of the plan of study.

Curriculum

First SemesterCredits
FYE101First Year Experience 1 
HSR115Introduction to Human Services 3 
CSC124Information, Technology, and Society 3 
ENL111English Composition I 3 
PSY111General Psychology 3 
SOC111Introduction to Sociology 3 
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Second SemesterCredits
HSR120Introduction to Helping Skills and Process 3 
HSR210Culturally Sensitive Human Service Practice 3 Cultural Diversity Requirement
HSRHuman Services Application Elective 3 
ENL121English Composition II 3 
MTH153Topics in Mathematics 3 
PSY201Abnormal Psychology 3 
TOTAL CREDITS 18
Third SemesterCredits
HSR221Crisis Intervention 3 
HSR240Management and Administration in Human Services 3 
HSRHuman Services Application Elective 3 
FIT204First Aid, Responding to Emergencies 2 
SOC232Sociology of Relationships and Marriage 3 
SPC101Fundamentals of Speech 3 
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Fourth SemesterCredits
HSR225Counseling Theories and Techniques 3 
HSR255Human Services Internship I 3 
HSR275Serving and Surviving in Human Services 3 
BIO103Human Anatomy and Physiology Survey 4 
PSY203Developmental Psychology 3 
or
PSY210Child Psychology 3 
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Summer SessionCredits
WRSWriting Proficiency Exam must be successfully completed prior to taking any 300/400 HSR course except HSR 311.  
TOTAL CREDITS
Fifth SemesterCredits
HSAHuman Services Application Elective - 300 Level 3 
HSR311Community and Organizational Change 3 
MTH160Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications 4 
PHL210Ethics 3 
SCIScience Elective 3 
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Sixth SemesterCredits
HSAHuman Services Application Elective - 300 Level 3 
HSR310Technology and Human Services 3 Science, Technology and Society Requirement
or
HIS262Technology and Society 3 Writing Enriched Requirement &
Science, Technology and Society Requirement
HSR441Theories and Processes of Groups 3 
HTH447Health and Human Services Public Policy Development 3 
OEAOpen Elective / Associate 3 
SOC313Research Methods 3 Writing Enriched Requirement
TOTAL CREDITS 18
Seventh SemesterCredits
HSBHuman Services Application Elective - 400 Level 3 
HSBHuman Services Application Elective - 400 Level 3 
HSR411Legal Issues in Human Services 3 
ARTArt Elective 3 
HUMHumanities Elective 3 
or
SSESocial Science Elective 3 
or
ARTArt Elective 3 
or
FORForeign Language Elective 3 
or
AAEApplied Arts Elective 3 
or
IFEInternational Field Experience Elective 3 
OEAOpen Elective / Associate 3 
TOTAL CREDITS 18
Eighth SemesterCredits
HSR455Human Services Internship II 9 
HSR495Human Services Capstone 3 
TOTAL CREDITS 12

Note: Students must pass the Writing Proficiency Exam (WPE) prior to taking any 300 or 400 level HSR course other than HSR 311. Human Services Application electives, 300-level, include HSR 323, HSR 325, HSR 329, HSR 330, HSR 370 and PSY 320. Human Services Application electives, 400-level, include HSR 410, HSR 420, HSR 421 and SOC 410.

Accreditation

Accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education.

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