Curriculum

Human Services Major (54 Credits)

HS 101 Introduction to Human Services

An overview of the principles and practices of human services, including: concept of “cradle-to-grave” care and its implications; components of the human services delivery system; nature and current status of the various human services professions; social, occupational, and professional outlook for the near future; and personal and ethical issues involved in choosing to enter the human services field. 3 credits

HS 280, 281 Human Services Practicum I, II

A field experience with a Human Services agency. Students who intend to do Practicum I or II must see their academic advisor at the beginning of the semester. Practicum must be arranged through the internship coordinator. This should be done no later than the middle of the semester prior to beginning the practicum placement. In addition, students must complete a preparatory workshop offered by the Office of Career Services during the semester before beginning their on-site work. 3 credits each

HS 311 Issues in Human Services

An in-depth examination of professional and personal issues relative to the human services professional. Consideration will be given to the position of human services organizations in government policy and the place of human services professionals in both public and private education, health care, and social welfare systems. Attention will also be given to the personal challenges faced by human services professionals, including typical occupational stressors and their impact, the importance of professionally ethical behavior, and ethical dilemmas that may be encountered. P: HS 101 and HS 280, 281. 3 credits

PY 111 Introduction to Psychology

Introduction to the major areas, theories, concepts, and methods of contemporary psychology. Topics may include ways of perceiving, learning, and thinking about the world; emotions; motivation; the relationship between brain events and inner experience; child development and adult personality; self-concept; attitudes toward others and behavior in social situations; stress, coping, and the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. Special attention will be paid to the application of scientific methods to the study of human cognition and behavior. General Education Choice for Part B. Offered every semester. 3 credits

PY 211 Abnormal Psychology

Psychological functioning is said to be abnormal when it is atypical and causes distress to the individual or to other members of that person’s community. Viewed through a medical lens, these behaviors are regarded as signs of psychopathology (mental illness). This course provides a thorough grounding in the psychiatric diagnostic classification system, covering most of the major categories of mental disorder: anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, and more. Theories explaining the various forms of mental disorder, research findings on their social, psychological, and biological correlates, and treatment options are also considered. P: PY111. Offered annually. 3 credits

PY 213 Counseling Techniques

A didactic-experiential course addressing contemporary procedures for counseling clients with emphasis on acquiring interviewing skills and understanding the counselor-client dyad as an effective working relationship. P: PY 111, PY 211. 3 credits

PY 250 Community Psychology

A multidisciplinary approach emphasizing the prevention and treatment of psychological problems in a community setting. Offered every other year in the evening. P: PY 111. 3 credits each

PY 235 Drug and Alcohol Abuse (same as SO 235)

An introductory survey covering a variety of issues in the addiction arena, including the psychology of addiction, biological issues, the impact of addiction on families, identification of addictions, and methods of intervention. P: PY 111. Offered yearly. 3 credits

MG 131 Principles of Management

Students are introduced to the basic functions of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling the organization effectively and efficiently. Additional topics include social responsibility of the organization, decision-making, interpersonal skills, and organizational change. This course is generally offered once a year. 3 credits

Choose one: (3 credits)

PH 312 Bioethics

3 credits

PH 352 Peace, Justice, and Global Issues

What are the causes of poverty, international conflict, racism, sexism, and ecological degradation; and how ought these complex issues to be addressed? This course examines the ways in which contemporary thinkers draw upon the work being done in various relevant fields to develop a coherent philosophy for answering this complex question. In so doing, the goal is to reach a better understanding of the issues and a critical, if provisional, assessment of the approaches and solutions that are proffered. The works of such significant figures in the field as Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. will serve as a focus for discussion. P: Sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. General Education choice for Part C. Generally offered in alternate years. 3 credits

RS 211 Introduction to the Variety of Christian Experience

A consideration of the religious dimension of human existence, and an attempt to appreciate the experience of being human according to the major patterns of Judeo-Christian belief as suggested by the mythic implications of selected readings from Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian Gospels. Doctrinal and historical developments are located within the context of Scriptural patterns. P: Sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. General Education choice for Part B. Generally offered every year. 3 credits

RS 383 Religion and Social Concerns

A consideration of the social and public policy implications of religious faith, particularly the Christian tradition, for questions of economic justice, war and militarism, racism, and the ecological crisis. A particular emphasis may be announced at the time of registration. P: Sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. General Education choice for Part C. Generally offered every year. 3 credits

Choose two: (6 credits)

PY 214 Death and Dying

The study of the theories relating to the process of dying and bereavement. Topics include: factors that influence the needs of patients and survivors; theories of attachment; stages of grief; suicides; and living wills. P: PY 111. Offered yearly. 3 credits

PY 330 Child Development (same as ED 330)

An examination of the major theories, issues, and research regarding the developing child from conception to puberty, with emphasis on emotional, cognitive, and social development. Current issues, such as the effects of drugs on the fetus, child abuse, and day care centers will be discussed. Offered annually. P: PY 111. 3 credits

PY 331 Child Life: Concepts and Methods

Child Life professionals work with medically ill children, helping them to cope with their illness and its consequences. This course introduces the field of Child Life and its implementation in a health care setting. Topics include the effects of illness and hospitalization on children and families, the development of play and coping skills in childhood, the roles of play therapy and other therapeutic techniques in medical settings, and the challenges of working with chronically or terminally ill children and families under stress. For students interested in Child Life careers, this course provides necessary background. For those interested in counseling/clinical work with children in other settings, it provides greater breadth and depth of relevant knowledge and expertise. Offered every other year. 3 credits

PY 341 Adolescent Psychology

This course examines the development of the individual during the period of transition from childhood to adulthood, including physical changes, personality development, and the influence of family, school, and culture on adolescents. Offered annually. P: PY 111. General Education Choice for Part C. 3 credits each

PY 350 Adulthood and Aging

An overview of adulthood, maturity, and old age from both physical and psychological perspectives. Personal adjustment and psychological changes over the chronology of adult experience will be emphasized. Topics will include family, career, personality continuity and change, sexuality, and the processes of aging, death, and bereavement. P: PY 111. Offered annually in the evening. 3 credits

Choose two: (6 credits)

SO 212 Social Work: History and Practice

After reviewing the history of Social Work in the United States, this course examines the practice settings of social work as a profession: case work, group work, community organization and advocacy, and policy and planning. Includes the study of the values and assumptions of social work with an eye towards problem-solving applications with specific populations, as well as social welfare policy critique. Generally offered every other spring semester. 3 credits

SO 213 Social Work: Populations and Policies

An examination of human behavior in the social environment as we study the individual in families, groups, and society. We will further explore the special needs of specific populations such as families, youth, the elderly, the poor, women, and minorities, and investigate social welfare policy as a means to meet those human needs. Establishing a knowledge base as well as effective communication techniques will be stressed. Generally offered every other spring semester. 3 credits

SO 242 Minorities and Multicultural Diversity

This course examines the positions of “minorities” in the status hierarchy of the United States, and teaches a critical perspective on the economic, political, and social oppression of subordinate groups by dominants. Multiculturalism will be examined from this perspective: since the United States comprises various racial and ethnic groups, what does it mean to be “American” and who gets to define this? General Education Choice for Part C and Designated W Course. Generally offered every spring semester. 3 credits

Choose two: (6 credits)

SO 121 Contemporary Social Problems

Focuses on how institutional and organizational features of societies generate problems for people. Particular attention is directed at a set of problems related to political and economic inequalities, health and illness, education, the environment, and the criminal justice system. P: SO 111 or permission of Department Chair. General Education Choice for Part C and Designated W course. Generally offered every Fall semester. 3 credits

SO 231 Deviance and Criminology

Consideration of deviant behavior and crime as behavioral and social phenomena, with analysis of data and theories of the causation of crime. The effects of labeling deviants are also considered. P: CJ/SO 111 or permission of Program Coordinator. Generally offered every other fall semester. 3 credits

SO 232 Juvenile Delinquency

Investigation of delinquency as a separate phenomenon, including its theories of causation and particular patterns of delinquency, as well as consideration of the variables which affect the rates of delinquency. P: SO 111, CJ 111 or permission of Department Chair. Generally offered every other fall semester. 3 credits

SO 241 Urban Sociology

We shall study the effects of the urban environment on social institutions and populations and examine the modern crises of urban living with an eye towards answering the question: Can cities survive? P: SO 111 or permission of Department Chair. This is a Distance Learning course. Generally offered in the Accelerated Degree Program every spring. 3 credits

Recommended Electives

CJ 111 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System

Students will review the origins and foundations of our American system of policing, the relationship between the individual citizen and the state/federal governments’ police powers. Included in this section of the course will be an overview of the Fourth Amendment, the Fifth Amendment, and the Sixth Amendment. Students will also review the judicial system, and become familiar with the procedures followed in a criminal trial. Finally, the students will examine sentencing issues and the sanctions available against a criminal convict, including incarceration in jail or prison, probation, and parole. Generally offered every fall semester. 3 credits

CJ/SO 233 Corrections

Examination of philosophy, theory, and practice of criminal punishment and of the processes which characterize arrest, prosecution, trial, and sentencing. Formal and informal operation of law enforcement agencies are studied, with special attention to patterns of differential treatment accorded different social and economic groups. P: CJ 111 or permission of Department Chair. Generally offered every spring semester. 3 credits

CJ 236 Death Penalty in America

This course introduces students to the complex problems surrounding the application of our nation’s ultimate penalty. Students will review the history of various death penalty laws and the methods by which the penalty has been carried out. In addition, students will study the issues surrounding capital punishment today, including its use against the mentally handicapped, juveniles, and focusing on equal protection and race-based claims. P: CJ 111 or permission of the Program Coordinator. Generally offered every summer. 3 credits

CJ 238 Criminal Evidence

This course is designed to introduce students to the rules of evidence which govern the conduct of criminal trials. Starting out with an explanation of direct and circumstantial evidence, students will then examine the hearsay rule and its many exception, privileges, and the standards which govern expert and lay testimony. Finally, students will finish the course with an examination of how the courtroom rules affect police officers in the field as they investigate criminal behavior. Offered each semester. 3 credits

CO 141 Speech Communications

Speech Communications offers the student a comprehensive approach to the organization, presentation, and theory associated with the practice of oral communications. Through classroom exercises, formal student speech presentations, and videotape analysis, the student will advance his/her ability to speak publicly. Special attention will be given to the perceptual skills, listening skills, and leadership styles necessary for effective speaking in family, social, and business contexts. The emphasis is upon individual development. Thus, the student who experiences “speech anxiety” is likely to find Speech Communications a particularly rewarding experience. General Education Choice for Part A. Generally offered yearly. 3 credits

EN 246 Business Writing

3 credits each

SO 218 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (Same as PY 218)

Addresses basic concepts and methods of statistical data analysis as applied in psychology and other social/behavioral sciences, including organizing, analyzing, and interpreting data. The course will provide students with a foundation in descriptive and inferential statistics, touching on frequency distributions, probability sampling, and hypothesis testing. Analyses conducted by hand and using SPSS. P: Fulfillment of a Level A math requirement. (Note: Some graduate programs require successful completion of this course as a condition of admission.) 3 credits

PY 240 Domestic Violence

An examination of domestic violence as a public health problem and the issue of abuse from an interdisciplinary perspective with an emphasis on psychosocial aspects of abuse. Includes discussion of the role of the health care system, the criminal justice system, and the community in relation to domestic violence. P: PY 111. Generally offered yearly 3 credits

PY 248 Cultural Psychology

This course examines the importance of cultural factors in explaining and understanding human behavior, providing students with a cross-cultural framework to evaluate the relevance of traditionally held beliefs and theories to different cultural groups. Students will explore the role of culture in development, cognition, gender, emotion, language and communication, personality, abnormal psychology, development of self and identity, and interpersonal and intergroup relations. To develop a better understanding of self in relation to the world, students will research their own cultural background and norms in comparison to mainstream society in the United States. Finally, students will develop a deeper, more complex understanding of the nature of culture, its relationship to the psychological processes, and the differences and similarities between cultures in our increasingly globalized world. General Education Choice for Part C. P: PY 111. Offered every other year. 3 credits

PY 323W Social Psychology

The study of individual and group behavior, this course addresses classical and contemporary issues and research on a number of topics, including person perception, social cognition, attitudes and attitude change, conformity, obedience, prejudice, gender, and interpersonal relationships and attraction. General Education Choice for Part C and Writing requirement. Offered every other year. P: PY111. 3 credits