(Effective Fall 2017)

Human Services trains students to provide general helping, supportive and preventive services for people with emotional, developmental, social or physical challenges. Students develop skills in counseling, crisis intervention, group work and case management. Students apply these general skills in analyzing specific types of agencies and through internships in the field.

Career Opportunities

Entry to mid-level positions in youth and aging programs, senior citizen centers, drug and alcohol counseling programs, child care development agencies, correctional facilities and other agencies.

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, keyboarding, psychology and health.

Remediation Strategies

Prior to registering for HSR 115, Introduction to Human Services, or any other HSR course, students must remediate any deficiencies in English or reading. Any math deficiency must be remediated by the end of the first year of the program.

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 social or human service settings.
  • demonstrate knowledge of social and human services delivery systems and their role within the local and national community.
  • identify and link clients with resources and services provided by local human service agencies.
  • apply systematic procedures to identify problems.
  • provide basic individual and group counseling techniques to address identified problems.
  • serve as a client advocate, facilitating movement of clients through social service systems, within a variety of agency settings.
  • contribute to developing systematic programs for personal change.
  • maintain progress and case notes and write objective, accurate reports.
  • listen actively to clients, colleagues and the community.
  • apply mathematical skills to reports, agency budgets, and statistical interpretations.
  • apply principles of psychology, sociology and biology to human issues.
  • understand and respect cultural differences that affect behavior and beliefs.
  • contribute to effective agency planning, budgeting and management.
  • understand the interrelation of physical, social and mental well-being and apply this knowledge.
  • 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.
  • develop greater self-understanding and self-reflection to enhance professional behavior, promote students' abilities to make life affirming choices and to make effective decisions in the field.

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-designators ENL, HSR, PSY, SPC and SOC) 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  
HSR115 Introduction to Human Services 3  
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3  
ENL111 English Composition I 3  
PSY111 General Psychology 3  
SOC111 Introduction to Sociology 3  
Second Semester Credits
HSR120 Introduction to Helping Skills and Process 3  
HSR210 Culturally Sensitive Human Service Practice 3  Cultural Diversity Requirement
HSR Human Services Application Elective 3  
ENL121 English Composition II 3  
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3  
MTH151 Structures of Mathematics 3  
MTH153 Topics in Mathematics 3  
PSY203 Developmental Psychology 3  
Third Semester Credits
HSR223 Assessment, Case Management & Crisis Intervention 3  
HSR240 Management and Administration in Human Services 3  
HSR Human Services Application Elective 3  
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1  
OEA Open Elective 3  
BIO103 Human Anatomy and Physiology Survey 4  
SCI101 Introduction to Forensic Science 3  Science, Technology and Society Requirement
SCI102 Introduction to Forensic Science Laboratory 1  
Fourth Semester Credits
HSR225 Counseling Theories and Techniques 3  
HSR255 Human Services Internship I 3  
HSR275 Serving and Surviving in Human Services 3  
PSY201 Abnormal Psychology 3  
SPC101 Fundamentals of Speech 3  

Human Services Application Electives include courses numbered HSR 260 - HSR 299 (except HSR 275, which is a required course) and PSY 266.

Additional Information

Baccalaureate degree students who have accumulated more than 45 credits, but fewer than 65 credits and students transferring into the BHS program with over 45 accumulated credits, must submit an upper class candidacy plan of study. Students must meet with their advisers to discuss the requirements of the plan of study.