Applied Human Services Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)

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. Upon this generalist foundation, 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.

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After Graduation

Career Opportunities

List of jobs via the College Catalog.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for social and human service assistants was $29,230 in May 2013. The top 10 percent earned more than $46,620.

Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Individual and Family Services93,090$14.49$30,140
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities42,870$12.72$26,460
Local Government (OES Designation)38,100$17.56$36,530
State Government (OES Designation)36,220$17.79$36,990
Vocational Rehabilitation Services23,550$13.29$27,650

Statistics reported in May 2013

Internship Requirement

The "field" is a term used to both reference work in a specific human service organization and to describe the dynamic interaction of factors and people that come together in the delivery of human services. For the human services students at Penn College, a field experience is a supervised placement, outside of the Program and typically off campus, in a human service agency, wherein the students have the opportunity to observe and to participate in agency operations, client-staff interactions and interagency/agency-community networks. This experience in the field enables students to integrate their perceptions, beliefs and academic understanding with the experience of functioning as an adjunct to the community service agency that serves as the field placement site. Field placement is consistent with the College values statement:

Field placement challenges human services students to:

HSR 255: Human Services Internship I and HSR 455: Human Services Internship II are dedicated to placing students in the field for experiential learning opportunities

Performance Standards

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Transfer Procedures

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Clubs & Activities

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Human Services Advisory Committee

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Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.

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