Overview

Your passion is helping people, and deep down you want to do more.

A human services degree from SMWC will prepare you to take on a meaningful role in the helping professions. Whether on campus or in our Woods Online program, you will develop skills for working with individuals, families, groups and communities. You’ll learn to problem solve by assessing clients’ needs and identifying community–all with the goal of making a difference and serving in the lives of others.

Major

In addition to the Woods Core requirements, the human services major requires the completion of 49 credit hours of human resource related coursework.

Required Courses

43 credit hours required; All courses listed.

BU 461 Not-for Profit Administration
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Covers advanced topics in not-for-profit administration and current issues facing not-for-profit organizations. Students gain a view from the executive perspective and in-depth study of not-for-profit operations at that level. Campus: Fall, even years; WOL: August. Prerequisite: BU 241.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
HS 211 Introduction to Human Services
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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A general overview of the knowledge base, value structure, purpose, nature, history and functions of work in the various settings of the human services.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
HS 250 Ethical and Legal Issues in the Helping Professions
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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An introduction to ethical issues in the helping professions and the legal context of practice, with emphasis on the development of ethical competence for the undergraduate helping professional.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
HS 311 Human Services Practicum I
Campus & Online | 2 Credits
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Supervised introductory field experience (100 hours) in a selected social service agency. Prerequisites: HS 211 and PS 285.

Campus & Online 2 Credits
HS 330 Human Services Techniques: Casework Methods
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Techniques of human services practice and helping processes for individuals and families, with emphasis on system analysis, needs assessment, case planning, documentation, ethics, and the professional use of self in human services roles. Prerequisite: HS 311 (may be taken concurrently).

Campus & Online 3 Credits
HS 331 Human Services Techniques: Group and Community Methods
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Skills for human services practice with groups and communities, with emphasis on system analysis, ethics, the helping processes used in therapeutic groups and the community, and the professional use of self in human services roles. Prerequisite: HS 311 (may be taken concurrently).

Campus & Online 3 Credits
HS 411 Human Service Practicum II
Campus & Online | 1-6 Credit
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Supervised field experience (250 hours) in a selected social service agency combined with reflective and analytical writing assignments. This course may be completed in one semester (Fall or Spring) or may be repeated for 1 to 6 credit hours, with the corresponding number of field hours, over two subsequent semesters (Fall and Spring, Spring and Summer, or Summer and Fall). Human Services majors only. Prerequisite HS 330 or consent of the instructor.

Campus & Online 1-6 Credit
PS 111 General Psychology
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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An overview of contemporary psychology introducing students to: human development, cognition and language, learning, memory, sensation, perception, motivation, emotion, biological basis of behavior, social psychology, personality, psychopathology and psychotherapy. The focus of the course is on both the scientific method of acquiring psychological data, as well as the theories which interpret that data and help guide further research in the field. For majors and non-majors, this course also serves as the prerequisite for most psychology classes.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
PS 285 Techniques of Counseling
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Theoretical and practical knowledge needed to make use of basic counseling skills. Emphasis on process in utilizing these skills. Activities include role playing and video presentations.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
PS 360 Abnormal Psychology
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Studies the dynamics of abnormal behavior including etiology, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of emotional disorders, psychoses, substance abuse and childhood disorders. Prerequisite: PS 111.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
SO 211 Introduction to Sociology
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Studies the basic principles, perspectives and concepts of sociology. Broad overview with emphasis on social structure, social interaction, culture, socialization, groups, formal organization, stratification, social institutions and social change. Fall and Spring, every year.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
SO 212 Contemporary Social Problems
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Sociological perspectives on the societal conditions and institutional roots as well as the social consequences of major social problems; includes analysis of assumptions underlying both popular and theoretical explanations of social problems, and policies and programs by which society attempts to alleviate them. Spring, even years.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
SO 321 The Family
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Sociological analysis of the structure and functions of the family in contemporary society; interrelationships and structures; impact of social change on family structure and stability; and current trends in the institution. Focus on industrial societies with some comparative material included. Fall, odd years.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
SO 324 Racial and Cultural Minorities
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Studies interracial and interethnic relations, prejudice, discrimination and the changing nature of contacts and problems generated between groups within the social institutions of multiethnic societies. The primary focus is the U.S., with use made of comparative material from several societies. Fall, even years. Prerequisite: SO 211 or consent of instructor.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
SO/SS 415 Research Methods in Social Science
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Presents basic principles of research design and the primary techniques used by social scientists in the collection and analysis of data; for example, surveys and polling, observation, experiment, case study and content analysis. Spring, odd years. Prerequisite: SO 211 or consent of instructor.

Campus & Online 3 Credits

Other Required Course

Choose one:

GO 215 American Federal System
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Surveys the United States federal structure of government and the political processes which undergird and mold this structure. Emphasizes contemporary issues, policy-making and the relationship of the United States system to those of modern governments. As needed.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
GO 225 American Public Policy
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Discusses and analyzes the processes of agenda setting, formulation, implementation and evaluation of public policies regarding selected issues such as housing, land use, health care and social services. As needed.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
GO 318 State and Local Government
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Studies the constitutional basis, organization and workings of state and local government. Emphasizes the interrelationships of states and their political subdivisions and the functioning of state and local politics. As needed.

Campus & Online 3 Credits

Electives

6 credit hours of human services focused courses must be completed. Elective choices must be approved by your advisor.

Woods Core (General Studies)

The following course is required for Human Services majors but also meet general studies requirements.

MA 253 Statistics
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Elementary introduction to statistical reasoning, including sampling, organization and presentation of data, elementary probability, statistical inference and data analysis. In particular, topics covered include: the nature of probability and statistics; organization and presentation of data; measures of central tendency, variation and position; probability; binomial, normal and t distributions; estimation and confidence intervals; hypothesis testing; z and t tests, correlation and regression, and chi-square tests; applications to the natural and social sciences, business, education, and government. Use of appropriate computer software and technology resources. Fulfills Woods Core requirement. Prerequisite: MA 105 or placement.

Campus & Online 3 Credits

Information about Course Requirements
We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog. Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.

Career Paths

The human services degree prepares you for work under the supervision of a helping professional with a more advanced degree in a variety of entry level social worker positions in a diverse array of settings including:

  • Group homes and halfway houses
  • Community mental health centers
  • Hospital psychiatric units
  • Service agencies for families, children
  • Shelters or outreach services for the homeless
  • Agencies that protect and serve the elderly
  • Health care settings
  • Organizations serving youth
  • Agencies working to end substance abuse
  • Victims of family violence
  • Financial assistance to those in need
  • Criminal justice system
  • Hotlines that respond to crisis or help people find assistance

For more specific information regarding the human services degree, please contact Christine Wilkey