Human Services Courses
Below are all of the courses you have to choose from in this academic major. Some are required while others are electives. Please view the course catalog to see what is required to earn a degree in this major.
Principles of Management (SBU 180)
Process of management in both profit and non-profit organizations. Emphasis on major functions of management, with decision-making as integral part of each, including planning, organizing, leading, staffing and training, development, and marketing. Fall and spring semesters and ADP sessions 1, 2, 3, and 5. 3 credits.
Organizational Leadership (SCA 280)
Study of various types of groups, leadership, problem-solving approaches, performance appraisal, conflict resolution, decision-making strategies, and nonverbal communication skills to facilitate small and large group effectiveness. Spring semester and ADP session 3. 3 credits. Fee.
Introductory Psychology (SPY 110)
An introduction to the history, concepts, principles, and problems of modern psychology including experiential study. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.
Infancy,Childhood,Adolescence & Lab (SPY 225)
The study of human physical, cognitive, and socioemotional development from conception through adolescence. Includes observation and analysis of children’s behavior at the campus Child Development Center. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Fall and spring semesters, and ADP session 4 in even-numbered years. 3 credits.
Introduction to Counseling (SPY 270)
Introduces the skills necessary for effective interviewing and counseling. Various theoretical approaches to counseling. A variety of classroom exercises to promote the student’s ability to listen and respond effectively in helping relationships and in other interpersonal relationships. Fall and spring semesters, and ADP session 3 in odd-numbered years. 3 credits.
Abnormal Psychology (SPY 280)
Examines causes, symptoms, assessments, and treatment of abnormality from a variety of theoretical perspectives. Includes an introduction to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V), its historical origins, and contemporary critiques. Prerequisite: SPY110. Spring semester, and ADP session 1 in odd-numbered years. 3 credits.
Principles of Sociology (SSO 100)
Examines the social and cultural forces that shape the lives of individuals and groups; the socialization of the human person throughout the stages of life; the multiple functions of social groups, institutions, and culture; and introduction to sociological theories. Fall semester and ADP Session 1. 3 credits.
Writing for the Human Services (SSO 205)
This course provides instruction in journal writing, case reporting, and analytical writing in the human services. Fosters the development of an entrepreneurial approach to career planning. Writing Intensive course. Prerequisites: SEL106 or SEL107; SPY110; and SSO100. ADP Session 2. 3 credits.
Marriage and Family (SSO 316)
Analysis of the cultural forms, social changes, and human behavior occurring in the American family in transition; study of alternate life styles and relationships. Fall semester in odd-numbered years and ADP Session 2 in even-numbered years. 3 credits.
Aging and Old Age (SSO 365)
Theoretical and applied examination of aging and the aged in American society. Primary emphasis on the roles of the aged and identity structures offered them. ADP session 1, even-numbered years. 3 credits.
Special Topics in Human Services (SSO 371)
Focuses on the use of particular modes of intervention and the development of skills for working with special populations. ADP session 1 and 3, even-numbered years. Repeatable for credit. 3 credits.
Health and Society (SSO 390)
Considers cultural understandings of health, illness, and healing. Examines the health care system in the United States and its problems. Studies the growing forms of alternative medicine in our society and the controversies surrounding them. Prerequisite: SSO100. Spring semester, even-numbered years, and ADP Session 5 in odd-numbered years. 3 credits.
Human Services Seminar (SSO 400)
The capstone course of the human services major. Integrates field experience with classroom discussion. Focus on the application of knowledge and skills to practice settings. Includes completion of the senior portfolio. Open only to junior and senior human services majors. ADP Session 2, even-numbered years. 3 credits.
Internship (SSO 430)
A supervised and evaluated experience enabling upper-level students to enrich their academic program through work responsibilities at a social agency or institution. A contract is developed by the student, faculty advisor, and field supervisor. Repeatable for credit. Fall, spring, and summer. Permission required. 2 or 3 credits.
Introductory Statistics (SSS 250)
Designed to develop quantitative literacy, enabling students to produce, understand, and communicate statistical information. Prepares students to conduct research. Explores descriptive and inferential statistics that include parametric (Z, t, F) and non-parametric (chi-square) probability distributions. Ability to make recommendations based upon interpretation of statistical software output is emphasized. Satisfies the Mathematics requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall and spring semesters and ADP sessions 1, 3, and 4. 3 credits.
Research Methods (SSS 251)
Introduces students to the procedures that are used in conducting research in the social sciences. Provides practice in designing research studies using quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods approaches. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.
Understanding Addictions (SSW 122)
Provides background essentials for the understanding of addiction: history of human alcohol/drug use, meaning of addiction, social impact, psychological and physiological effects, family dynamics, and special subgroups in addiction. The basic outpatient and inpatient approaches to addiction are reviewed with an emphasis on prevention, assessment, dual diagnosis, treatment effectiveness, family and group interventions, and the role of Alcoholics/Narcotics Anonymous. Fall, even-numbered years and ADP session 3, odd-numbered years. 3 credits.
Human Behavior & Soc. Environment I (SSW 250)
Integrates knowledge obtained from the Liberal Arts Curriculum to understand the biological, psychological, social, and cultural determinants of human behavior for infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. Theories of human development and human behavior are critically examined to determine their applicability to diverse populations. An ecological life model perspective is integrated with systems theory in order to help students recognize the relationship among micro (individual), mezzo (family and group), and macro (organizations, communities, and society) level problems. Pre- or co-requisite: SSW150. Fall semester. 3 credits.
The Helping Relationship (SSW 271)
Introduces students to the social work skills of effective communication and engagement in working with individuals, families, groups, and organizations in a variety of helping situations. Fall semester, and ADP session 4, odd-numbered years. 3 credits.