Effective Fall 2019

The Human Services and Restorative Justice program is designed to prepare students for careers in a variety of Human Services and Restorative Justice 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 can customize their curriculum to emphasizes human service theory and practice targeted for specific populations, the administration of human services-as opposed to direct care, or restorative practice in criminal justice settings. Students will complete a general core of math, Social and natural science, history, 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, restorative justice coordinator, among others.

Remediation Strategies

All incoming students must meet placement requirements in math. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in the College Catalog (see https://www.pct.edu/catalog/admissions-policy).

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • provide generic therapeutic, supportive and preventive services for people with emotional, developmental, social or physical problems in a variety of restorative justice and/or social or human service settings.
  • demonstrate proficiency in using verbal and nonverbal skills to establish empathy, trust, and rapport within an interview setting.
  • demonstrate knowledge of social and human services delivery systems and their role within the local and national community.
  • apply systematic procedures to identify problems.
  • develop a process for identifying community resources that appropriately respond to the needs of persons served.
  • serve as a client advocate, facilitating movement of clients through social service systems, within a variety of agency settings.
  • apply mathematical skills to reports, agency budgets, and statistical interpretations.
  • contribute to effective agency planning, budgeting and management.
  • understand and demonstrate strong ethical behavior and decision making consistent with the ethical guidelines and standards proposed by the National Organization for Human Service Education.
  • demonstrate cultural sensitivity in both direct and indirect human service and restorative justice practice.

Performance Standards

Admission to the major does not guarantee permission to take the internship courses or 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 Business, Arts & Sciences.

Students must complete all HSJ-designated courses 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 program faculty to ensure that they are meeting all criteria for satisfactory progress in the program.


First SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
FYE101First Year Experience 1.50 1.50 SREQ
HSJ115Introduction to Human Services & Restorative Justice 33 MREQ
CSC124Information, Technology & Society 33 SREQ
ENL111English Composition I 33 SREQ
PSY111General Psychology 33 MREQ
SOC111Introduction to Sociology 33 MREQ
Second SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
HSJ120Introduction to Interviewing Skills & Intake Processes 33 MREQ
HSJ210Diversity & Inclusive Human Service Practice 33 MREQ
HSJHuman Services & Restorative Justice Application Elective 3 MHSJ
SPC101Fundamentals of Speech 33 SREQ
MTHMathematics Elective 3 SMTH
Third SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
HSJ223Assessment, Case Management & Crisis Intervention 33 MREQ
HSJ263Criminal Justice 33 MREQ
HSJHuman Services & Restorative Justice Application Elective 3 MHSJ
PSY203Developmental Psychology 33 MREQ
SCIScience Elective 3 SSCI
Fourth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
HSJ225Counseling Theories & Techniques 33 MREQ
HSJ255Internship I 31 MREQ
HSJ275Serving & Surviving in Human Services 33 MREQ
PSY201Abnormal Psychology 33 MREQ
ENL201Technical & Professional Communication 33 MREQ