Human Services and Restorative Justice (HSJ)

(Effective Fall 2019)

The Human Services and Restorative Justice programs are 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, social and natural science, art, 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.

Recommended High School Subjects

Three years of English with emphasis on writing, one year of biology, two years of algebra, and a course in computer science, psychology and health.

Remediation Strategies

Prior to registering for HSJ 115, Introduction to Human Services, or any other HSJ course, students must remediate any deficiencies in English. 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 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.

Program Goals

In addition to meeting the goals established for the associate degree, graduates of the Applied Human Services and Restorative Justice program should be able to:
  • provide intermediate 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 skilled use of verbal and nonverbal skills to establish empathy, trust, and rapport within an interview setting;
  • demonstrate knowledge of restorative justice, social and human services delivery systems and their role within the local and national community;
  • 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 and restorative justice 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;
  • draft reports, case studies, grants, and proposals that include appropriate documentation and that demonstrate mastery of the full range of writing skills;
  • understand the funding streams that pervade this profession and be able to apply statistical analysis to the design and administration of budgets; and
  • gain familiarity with the technology available to restorative justice and human services providers and clients, recognizing its uses and limitations, its applications, and its sources.

Performance Standards

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.


First Semester Credits
FYE101 First Year Experience 1  
HSJ115 Introduction to Human Services and Restorative Justice 3  
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3  
ENL111 English Composition I 3  
PSY111 General Psychology 3  
SOC111 Introduction to Sociology 3  
Second Semester Credits
HSJ120 Introduction to Interviewing Skills and Intake Processes 3  
HSJ210 Diversity and Inclusive Human Service Practice 3  
HSJ Human Services & Restorative Justice Application Elective 3  
SPC101 Fundamentals of Speech 3  
MTH Mathematics Elective 3  
Third Semester Credits
HSJ223 Assessment, Case Management and Crisis Intervention 3  
HSJ263 Criminal Justice 3  
HSJ Human Services & Restorative Justice Application Elective 3  
PSY203 Developmental Psychology 3  
SCI Science Elective 3  
Fourth Semester Credits
HSJ225 Counseling Theories and Techniques 3  
HSJ255 Internship I 3  
HSJ275 Serving and Surviving in Human Services 3  
PSY201 Abnormal Psychology 3  
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3  
Summer Session Credits
WRS Writing Proficiency Exam must be successfully completed prior to taking any 300/400 HSR course except HSR 311.  
Fifth Semester Credits
HSA Human Services Application Elective - 300 Level 3  
HSJ311 Community and Organizational Change 3  
MTH153 Topics in Mathematics 3  
MTH160 Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications 4  
HSJ240 Management and Administration in Government and Non-Profit Agencies 3  
SCL Science Elective with lab 4  
Sixth Semester Credits
HSA Human Services Application Elective - 300 Level 3  
HIP Core Historical Perspective 3  
HSB Human Services Application Elective - 400 Level 3  
OEE Exploration Electives 3  
ARP Core Arts Perspective 3  
PSC141 State and Local Government 3  
Seventh Semester Credits
HSB Human Services Application Elective - 400 Level 3  
HSJ412 Legal and Ethical Issues in Human Services and the Criminal Justice System 3  
OEA Open Elective 3  
OEE Exploration Electives 3  
SOC313 Research Methods 3  Writing Enriched Requirement
Eighth Semester Credits
HSJ455 Internship II 6  
HSJ495 Capstone 3  
OEA Open Elective 3  

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