Effective Fall 2022

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 emphasize their intended field of employment: 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, 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, police 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).

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) have been completed with grades of 'C' or better.

Program Goals

In addition to meeting the goals established for the associate degree in Human Services and Restorative Justice, a graduate of this major 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.
  • 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

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 1.0.50 1.50 SREQ
HSJ115Introduction to Human Services & Restorative Justice 3.03 MREQ
CSC124Information, Technology & Society 3.03 SREQ
ENL111English Composition I 3.03 MREQ
PSY111General Psychology 3.03 SREQ
SOC111Introduction to Sociology 3.03 SREQ
Second SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
HSJ120Introduction to Interviewing Skills & Intake Processes 3.03 MREQ
HSJ210Diversity & Inclusive Human Service Practice 3.03 MREQ
HSJHuman Services & Restorative Justice Application Elective 3.0 MHSJ
SPC101Fundamentals of Speech 3.03 SREQ
MTHMathematics Elective 3.0 SMTH
Third SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
HSJ223Assessment, Case Management & Crisis Intervention 3.03 MREQ
HSJ263Criminal Justice 3.03 MREQ
HSJHuman Services & Restorative Justice Application Elective 3.0 MHSJ
PSY203Developmental Psychology 3.03 SREQ
SCIScience Elective 3.0 SSCI
Fourth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
HSJ225Counseling Theories & Techniques 3.03 MREQ
HSJ255Internship I 3.01 MREQ
HSJ275Serving & Surviving in Human Services 3.03 MREQ
PSY201Abnormal Psychology 3.03 SREQ
ENL201Technical & Professional Communication 3.03 SREQ
Summer SessionCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
WRSWriting Proficiency Exam must be successfully completed prior to taking any 300/400 HSJ course except HSJ 311.  MWRS
Fifth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
HSAHuman Services Application Elective - 300 Level 3.0 MHSA
HSJ311Community & Organizational Change 3.03 MREQ
MTH153Topics in Mathematics 3.03 SREQ
MTH157Business Statistics 3.03 SREQ
MTH159Statistics for Health & Behavioral Sciences 3.03 SREQ
MTH161Statistics for STEM Fields with Computer Applications 3.53 1.50 SREQ
HSJ240Management & Administration in Government & Non-Profit Agencies 3.03 MREQ
SCLScience Elective with lab 4.0 SSCL
Sixth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
HSAHuman Services Application Elective - 300 Level 3.0 MHSA
HIS146United States Survey from 1877 to the Present 3.0Cultural Diversity Requirement3 SREQ
HSBHuman Services Application Elective - 400 Level 3.0 MHSB
OEEExploration Elective 3.0 SOEE
ARPCore Arts Perspective 3.0 SARP
PSC141State & Local Government 3.03 SREQ
Seventh SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
HSBHuman Services Application Elective - 400 Level 3.0 MHSB
HSJ412Legal & Ethical Issues in Human Services & the Criminal Justice System 3.03 MREQ
OEAOpen Elective 3.0 SOEA
OEEExploration Elective 3.0 SOEE
SOC313Research Methods 3.0Writing Enriched Requirement3 MREQ
Eighth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
HSJ455Internship II 6.02 MREQ
HSJ495Capstone 3.03 MREQ
OEAOpen Elective 3.0 SOEA