Human Services & Restorative Justice

Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)
Human Services & Restorative Justice Students

About this program

Do you dream of making a difference in the lives of others? A career in human services and restorative justice may be your calling. At Penn College, you’ll find experienced faculty, learn through extensive field experience, and have the opportunity to explore flexible career paths. Become a corrections officer or restorative justice coordinator. Work with individuals of all ages from children to the elderly. Assist those with developmental delays or people struggling with chemical dependency. Coursework lays a solid foundation in theory, covers principles of assessing and responding to human needs, and comes full circle with a capstone project.

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Overall Placement

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Immersive In-Field Placements

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Flexible Curriculum


  • Social services caseworker
  • Drug & alcohol counselor
  • Youth development specialist
  • Probation officer
  • Restorative justice coordinator
  • Parole officer
  • Police officer
  • Corrections officer

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Introduction to Human Services and Restorative Justice (HSJ115)
  • General Psychology (PSY111)
  • Introduction to Sociology (SOC111)
  • Introduction to Interviewing Skills and Intake Processes (HSJ120)
  • Diversity and Inclusive Human Service Practice (HSJ210)
  • Human Services & Restorative Justice Application Elective (HSJ)
  • Assessment, Case Management and Crisis Intervention (HSJ223)
  • Criminal Justice (HSJ263)
  • Counseling Theories and Techniques (HSJ225)
  • Internship I (HSJ255)
  • Serving and Surviving in Human Services (HSJ275)
  • Writing Proficiency Exam must be successfully completed prior to taking any 300/400 HSJ course except HSJ 311. (WRS)
  • Human Services Application Elective - 300 Level (HSA)
  • Community and Organizational Change (HSJ311)
  • Management and Administration in Government and Non-Profit Agencies (HSJ240)
  • Human Services Application Elective - 400 Level (HSB)
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Human Services and the Criminal Justice System (HSJ412)
  • Research Methods (SOC313)
  • Internship II (HSJ455)
  • Capstone (HSJ495)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • First Year Experience (FYE101)
  • Developmental Psychology (PSY203)
  • Science Elective (SCI)
  • Abnormal Psychology (PSY201)
  • Science Elective with lab (SCL)
  • Core Historical Perspective (HIP)
  • Exploration Electives (OEE)
  • Core Arts Perspective (ARP)
  • State and Local Government (PSC141)
  • Open Elective (OEA)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Fundamentals of Speech (SPC101)
  • Mathematics Elective (MTH)
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201)
  • Topics in Mathematics (MTH153) or
  • Business Statistics (MTH157) or
  • Statistics for Health & Behavioral Sciences (MTH159) or
  • Statistics for STEM Fields with Computer Applications (MTH161)

Counseling Lab

Also reserved for Human Services and Restorative Justice students, this applied learning space is used for mock one-on-one and group counseling sessions—all of which are captured via video for the future review and can be used as part of a resume. Upper division students play the role of the clients while students taking lower level courses act as counselors.


Mentoring Lab

Reserved for Human Services and Restorative Justice students, this lab is the premier location for our mentoring program. All incoming students are paired with current students. Together they design a study plan for their time at Penn College. The lab can also be used for study sessions and peer-to-peer advising.

Student Experience

"My experience was nothing short of excellent. The curriculum and professors challenged and gave me a solid base of professional skills that I utilize daily as a law enforcement officer. My adviser was a key support in identifying what career path I wanted to pursue after graduation and I am forever grateful for his guidance."

Jarod Corman

Parole Officer, Lycoming County Adult Probation

Industry Partners

Work with experts to become an expert

Penn College's strong corporate partnerships impact every step of your journey – from your first day in the classroom and labs, to career placement (oftentimes before graduation) and beyond.

Lycoming County Children & Youth Services Logo
Clear Vision
Muncy State Correctional Institution
Allenwood Federal Correctional Institution
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The National Human Services Organization has established a code of ethics, which is designed to protect the rights and dignity of human service professionals and their clients. Students are introduced to this early in their coursework and it is reinforced through the internship experience.

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Study Abroad

Gain global experience

See the world via Williamsport. Take your education abroad and get hands-on experience learning about your industry on a global scale.

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Your knowledge in practice

Internships are key for career preparation. As part of this curriculum, you’ll participate in three in-depth practical learning internships including 30 hours of observation in the community, a 250-hour internship and 400-hour internship.

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Student Experience

The community as their classroom

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More Information

Requirements for Satisfactory Academic Progress 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 Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications.)
Students must complete all courses in the major (those courses with the alpha designator HSJ) 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. 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.

Graduates of Penn College's Human Services and Restorative Justice associate degree will transfer into the baccalaureate all major courses (defined as those with HSJ, ENL, PSY, SOC, SPC designators) when those courses have been completed with grades of 'C' or better.

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Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page in our Course Catalog for general requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

  • Ms. Susan Alberti, Executive Director, Clear Vision Residential, Inc.
  • Ms. Mandy Ball, Reentry Affairs Coordinator, Bureau of Prisons
  • Ms. Yvonne R Bennage, Reentry Affairs Coordinator, FCC Allenwood/NE Region Office
  • Dr. Nancy L Butts, President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, Lycoming County Government
  • Ms. Robin Dadzie, Case Management Supervisor, AIDS Resource Alliance
  • The Honorable Marc Lovecchio, Judge, Commonwealth of PA, Lycoming County
  • Ms. Kathleen Martinez Collier, Prevention Director, County of Chester
  • Ms. Jennifer Reigel, Reentry Affairs Coordinator, FCC Allenwood/NE Region Office
  • Ms. Penny L Sines, Social Worker II, DOC SCI-Muncy
  • Ms. Susan R Swartz, District Administrator, Dept. of Labor & Industry, OVR
  • Mr. Robert J Thompson, '99, '03, Adult Probation/Parole Officer, Lycoming County Adult Probation Office
  • Mr. Stephen G Wagner, Associate Warden, Federal Correctional Institution
  • Mr. Joseph J Weber, Permanency Services, Unit Supervisor, Lycoming Children & Youth Services