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The Bachelor of Professional Studies in Human Services

Course Offerings

The program focuses on 8 essential Purposes:

The complete degree program requires 128 credits. Each semester students earn 16 credits. Each credit represents either 15 semester hours of class work plus 30 hours of study.

Bachelor of Professional Studies in Human Services Course Offerings

Dimensions Credits Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4
Purpose Title   Self Assessment And Preparation for Practice Developing Professional Relationships in the Workplace Developing Empowerment Through Working in Groups Promoting Empowerment Through Teaching and Communication
Purpose Clinical Seminar: Introduction to the Constructive Action Clinical Seminar Clinical Seminar Clinical Seminar
Values & Ethics 2 Contemporary Values and Classical Ethics Historical and Comparative Study of Professional Ethics Group Values, Norms and Morality Developmental and Comparative Study of Educational Philosophies
Self & Others 2 Biological Aspects of Human Development Social and Developmental Psychology I Social and Developmental Psychology II Theories of Learning and Cognitive Development
Systems 2 Introduction to Social Systems Social, Political and Economic Aspects of Service Delivery Systems The Sociology of Group Behavior Systems for Learning and Communication
Skills 2 Critical Thinking and Writing Math for Human Services II Statistics for Group Analysis Using Introductory Statistics for Teaching and Communication
Math for Human Services I
Field Work 2 Practicum Practicum Practicum Practicum
Constructive Action 4        

Dimensions Credits Semester 5 Semester 6 Semester 7 Semester 8
Purpose Title   Promoting Empowerment Through Counseling Promoting Empowerment Through Community Liaison Developing Empowerment Through Supervision Promoting Empowerment Through Change
Purpose 2 Clinical Seminar Clinical Seminar Clinical Seminar Clinical Seminar
Values & Ethics 2 Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling Comparative Philosophies of Community Personal, Social and Professional Values in Supervision Philosophies of Change and their Impact on Social Policy
Self & Others 2 Models of Counseling Community Psychology Managing Human Resources The Individual, the Organization, and Social Change
Systems 2 Development of Counseling Systems from Political and Economic Perspectives Social, Political and Economic Dynamics of Communities Management Systems for Improvement of Productivity Systems Approaches to Planned Changes, Processes and Strategies
Skills 2 Professional Skills for Counseling Applied Statistics for Community Planning & Development Accounting for Non-Profit Organizations Marketing for Non-Profit Organizations
Field Work 2 Practicum Practicum Practicum Practicum
Constructive Action 4        

Semester 1

Self Assessment And Preparation for Practice
Becoming a professional requires a commitment to life-long learning. The first semester concentrates on self assessment and planning for professional development as the cornerstone of the educational process and a first step in every professional relationship. A key concept, empowerment, is explored in practice, as students learn to assess and expand their own empowerment as learners and professionals.
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Purpose: Clinical Seminar: Introduction to the Constructive Action (CON 110 CON) (2 credits)
Integration of theory from other Dimension seminars into the Constructive Action and its documentation; clarification of professional goals, documentation and assessment; critical thinking and analysis.
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Values and Ethics: Contemporary Values and Classical Ethics (HIS 110 VAL) (2 credits)
The Human Service ethic; introduction to values including definition, sources, relation to social rules, clarification, conflicts and their resolution; empowerment and its roots in history; illustrations from literature and the other humanities.
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Self and Others: Biological Aspects of Human Development (BIO 110 SEL) (2 credits)
Physiological, social and cultural factors in human development as interpreted in various theories of human development; illustrations from literature and the other humanities.
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Systems: Introduction to Social Systems (SOC 110 SYS) (2 credits)
Major social systems which impact on lives, including family, community, education, and work.
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Skills A: Critical Thinking and Writing Through the Study of Literature (ENG 110 SKI) (2 credits)
Critical thinking and writing through a cross-cultural survey of various literary forms and styles.
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Skills B: Mathematics for Human Services I (MTH 110 SK2) (0 credits)
Mathematical reasoning and problem solving as a contribution to such professional capabilities as observing and assessing individuals and systems, presenting observations and assessments in quantitative form, and interpreting others' presentations.
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Practicum: (FLD 110 FLD) (2 credits)
Research into the specific learning requirements of the student's field site or expected area of practice; identification of available learning resources.
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Semester 2

Developing Empowering Professional Relationships at the Workplace
In their second semester, students explore the factors that need to be considered as they work to build relationships which promote citizen and organizational empowerment. They will learn to analyze professional relationships within the context of the organization as a bureaucracy, and to identify and compare the diagnostic descriptions of the citizen provided by the citizen, by other participants in the service situation, and in the literature.
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Purpose: Clinical Seminar (CON 120 CON) (2 credits)
Integration of theory from other Dimension seminars into the Constructive Action and its documentation; analytical and communication skills. Students demonstrate, in the Constructive Actions performed in the field and simultaneously documented, how they have established professional relationships in order to provide and/or improve services to one or more citizens.
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Values and Ethics: Historical and Comparative Study of Professional Ethics (HIS 120 VAL) (2 credits)
Models of professionalism; attitudes toward people seeking service; illustrations from literature and the other humanities.
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Self and Others: Social and Developmental Psychology I (PSY 120 SEL) (2 credits)
Interpersonal relationships; social development in childhood; illustrations from literature and the other humanities.
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Systems: Social, Political and Economic Aspects of Service Delivery Systems (PSC 120 SYS) (2 credits)
Emphasis on the characteristics of bureaucracies.
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Skills: Math for Human Services II (MTH 121 SKI) (2 credits)
Application of Mathematics to life; the Human Service workplace; emphasizes cooperative learning in collaborative exercises; inclusion of real data; graphing technology.
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Practicum (FLD 120 FLD) (2 credits)
All students are expected to be in a paid or volunteer human service position in which they can carry out a Constructive Action and confront the challenges involved in developing productive, professional relationships.
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Semester 3

Developing Empowerment Through Work in Groups
In this semester, student-practitioners will learn and apply concepts and skills that can be applied to work with families, learning groups in organizations, as well as service teams and other staff groups. They will study the ethical issues involved in group membership and non-membership, including issues of power, responsibility and integrity. They will study theory from sociology and social psychology relating to group behavior, concentrating on the role of family and other primary groups in the socialization process.
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Purpose: Clinical Seminar (CON 230 CON) (2 credits)
Integration of theory from other Dimension seminars into the Constructive Action and its documentation; analytical and communication skills. For their Constructive Actions and documentations, students must identify a specific group to work with as human service practitioners. They will demonstrate the growing empowerment of individual members and of the group as a whole through their work together.
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Values and Ethics: Group Values, Norms, and Morality (PSY 230 VAL) (2 credits)
The social context for the formation of values and norms; stages of attachment and independence in groups; illustrations from literature and the other humanities.
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Self and Others: Social and Developmental Psychology II (PSY 230 SEL) (2 credits)
Interdisciplinary study of models of group interaction; comparison, evaluation and application of models; the influence of family and other primary groups; illustrations from literature and the other humanities.
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Systems: The Sociology of Group Behavior (SOC 230 SYS) (2 credits)
Ethnic and racial relations from an American and global perspective; intergroup conflict; racism and discrimination.
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Skills: Statistics for Group Analysis (MTH 230 SKI) (2 credits)
Introduction to statistical reasoning; collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data related to groups, public health, distribution of income, and census studies.
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Practicum (FLD 230 FLD) (2 credits)
At their field site and under supervision, students will be expected to lead a group, and to carry out a Constructive Action demonstrating growth of empowerment through the group.
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Semester 4

Promoting Empowerment Through Teaching and Communication
When empowerment is the aim of human service delivery, teaching is an essential part of effective, professional performance. As a basic human service function, teaching plays a part in every work and organizational relationship .
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Purpose: Clinical Seminar (CON 240 CON) (2 credits)
Integration of theory from other Dimension seminars into the Constructive Action and its documentation; analytical and communication skills. In each Constructive Action and documentation, the student must show that through teaching and communication, he/she has tried to increase empowerment for two or more citizens.
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Values and Ethics: Developmental and Comparative Study of Educational Philosophies (HIS 240 VAL) (2 credits)
Topics include the function of education, methods and special issues; examples from literature and the other humanities.
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Self and Others: Theories of Learning and Cognitive Development (PSY 241 SEL) (2 credits)
Genetic, developmental, and cultural factors that affect learning; comparison of traditional and nontraditional models; practical applications.
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Systems: Systems for Learning and Communication (PSC 240 SYS) (2 credits)
The impact of political, economic, and social systems on education.
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Skills: Using Introductory Statistics for Teaching and Communication (MTH 240 SKI) (2 credits)
Solve statistical problems and evaluate data from the Constructive Action by applying appropriate statistical concepts and methods.
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Practicum (FLD 240 FLD) (2 credits)
In their work or internship site, each student will be expected to identify a situation where they can work under supervision to promote the empowerment of two or more people by functioning as teacher and/or communicator.
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Semester 5

Promoting Empowerment Through Counseling
Professionals must be prepared to meet people where they are to help them move forward toward greater self-direction by exploring and realistically assessing their feelings, needs, and abilities as the basis for making choices. This area of performance requires an especially trusting and thoughtful relationship. Topics will include various theoretical definitions and cultural interpretations of the basic human needs, conditions that frustrate these needs, ways of coping with frustration and deprivation, comparative study of major descriptions and etiological explanations of normal and abnormal behavior, the associated helping techniques, and the underlying assumptions about human nature.
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Purpose: Clinical Seminar (CON 350 CON) (2 credits)
Integration of theory from other Dimension seminars into the Constructive Action and its documentation; analytical and communication skills. For their Constructive Actions and documentations, students must identify a specific client to work with as human service practitioners. They will demonstrate the growing empowerment of the individual by helping him/her to achieve greater self-direction and freedom of choice.
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Values and Ethics: Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling (LAW 350 VAL) (2 credits)
Legal and ethical issues involved in counseling; i.e. confidentiality, malpractice, etc.; professional codes of ethics.
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Self and Others: Models of Counseling (PSY 350 SEL) (2 credits)
An overview of major theories of counseling, including psychoanalytic, cognitve-behavioral, and existential models. Illustrations from the humanities and literature.
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Systems: Development of Counseling Systems from Political and Economic Perspectives (PSC 350 SYS) (2 credits)
Macro and Micro systems inherent in the contemporary counseling process
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Skills: Professional Skills for Counseling (PSY 350 SKI) (2 credits)
Interviewing styles; assessment methods; interpretation of data; stages of the counseling relationship.
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Practicum (FLD 350 FLD) (2 credits)
At their field site and under supervision, students will be expected to lead a group, and to carry out a Constructive Action demonstrating growth of empowerment of the individual.
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Semester 6

Promoting Empowerment Through Community Liaison
This semester introduces the student to working with communities as an indispensable area of professional activity. The community is considered both as the constituency seeking service and as a source of service for its members. Students examine the role of communities as political, economic, social, and cultural forces in various societies, and the implications for the rights and duties of citizens. Communities as a formative influence in human growth and development are emphasized.
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Purpose: Clinical Seminar (CON 360 CON) (2 credits)
Integration of theory from other Dimension seminars into the Constructive Action and its documentation; analytical and communication skills. Students will be expected to carry out a Constructive Action in which they serve as a bridge between the needs and concerns of one or more communities and the diverse resources provided by organizations. In this way, they will help individuals and/or groups to become more empowered as members of a community. A community survey is an integral part of the semester's work.
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Values and Ethics: Comparative Philosophies of Community (PSC 360 VAL) (2 credits)
Comparative political, social, legal, and economic philosophies, including differing views on mutual obligations of individuals and their political and economic sources; the ethic of individualism versus the ethic of community; community issues in human service practice; selections from literature and the other humanities.
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Self and Others: Community Psychology (SOC 360 SEL) (2 credits)
Problems and issues in community relations; psychological bases of community; approaches to understanding the characteristics of community members; selections from literature and the other humanities.
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Systems: Social, Political and Economic Dynamics of Communities (PSC 360 SYS) (2 credits)
Communities as social systems; the impact of federal, state, and local politics; economic and cultural differences; how consensus is achieved.
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Skills: Applied Statistics for Community Planning & Development (MTH 360 SKI) (2 credits)
The community survey; designing and testing questionnaires; sampling; basic statistical methods.
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Practicum (FLD 360 FLD) (2 credits)
In their work or internship, students will be expected to act, under supervision, as liaison between a community and one or more organizations, or between agencies serving the same community, and carry out a related Constructive Action to achieve the Purpose.
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Semester 7

Developing Empowerment Through Supervision
This semester introduces students to the theory and techniques that promote empowerment through effective supervision. In service organizations, supervision has the special meaning of assuming responsibility for enabling other employees, through teaching, counseling, and administrative support, to make the best use of their abilities in behalf of the citizens they serve, and the organization in which they are employed.
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Purpose: Clinical Seminar (CON 470 CON) (2 credits)
Integration of theory from other Dimension seminars into the Constructive Action and its documentation; analytical and communication skills. Students are expected to carry out a Constructive Action that focuses on promoting the empowerment of citizens through more effective supervision of co-workers.
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Values and Ethics: Personal, Social and Professional Values in Supervision (SOC 470 VAL) (2 credits)
Classical and modern concepts of freedom and authority; the impact of personal and societal values on occupational choices; value implications of management approaches; examples from literature and the other humanities.
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Self and Others: Managing Human Resources (MGT 470 SEL) (2 credits)
Issues of control and compliance; self concept; motivation theory; selections from literature and the other humanities.
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Systems: Management Systems for Improvement of Productivity (MGT 470 SYS) (2 credits)
Forms of business organizations and their place in law; the development of unions; the roles and rights of workers; illustrations from literary classics.
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Skills: Accounting for Non-Profit Organizations (ACC 470 SKI) (2 credits)
Key financial concepts; preparation and presentation of budgets and financial statements; accounting and reporting guidelines; controlling the non-profit organization; tax and compliance reporting requirements; bookkeeping.
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Practicum (FLD 470 FLD) (2 credits)
In their work or internship site, students will work under supervision and carry out a Constructive Action that provides supervisory support for co-workers involved in direct service.
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Semester 8

Promoting Empowering Change
This semester serves in a sense as a summation of the entire program of studies. While all previous Purposes have carried the implication of change, this Purpose focuses on the specific issues, practical problems, and methodologies involved in a concentrated effort to bring about constructive change that would improve services.
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Purpose: Clinical Seminar (CON 480 CON) (2 credits)
Integration of theory from other Dimension seminars into the Constructive Action and its documentation; analytical and communication skills. In their final Constructive Action, students will research, design, and attempt to put into action a significant service change. This includes identifying the support systems and resources needed to plan, gain approval for, and implement the change.
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Values and Ethics: Philosophies of Change and their Impact on Social Policy (PSC 480 VAL) (2 credits)
Concepts of freedom and determinism, a historical perspective; economic development as an aspect of change; public policy as a strategy for social and economic change; selections from literature and the other humanities.
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Self and Others: The Individual, the Organization, and Social Change (SOC 480 SEL) (2 credits)
Strategies for evaluating the impact of change on individuals and groups; theories of risk taking; predicting the results of specific response to change; selections from literature and the other humanities.
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Systems: Systems Approaches to Planned Changes, Processes and Strategies (MGT 480 SKI) (2 credits)
Political views of change and their relation to class and power; links between political, economic, and social change at macro and micro levels.
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Skills: Marketing for Non-Profit Organizations (MKT 480 SKI) (2 credits)
Communication, preparing press releases, news and feature articles, effective media strategies.
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Practicum (FLD 480 FLD) (2 credits)
Students will be expected to draw from prior semesters to plan and activate, through their supervised organizational work and Constructive Actions, a service change. They must demonstrate that this service change is expected to make a significant and lasting contribution to organizational improvement and citizen empowerment.
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