The paradigm below is one example of how this major may be completed. Students may use their elective credits to explore other majors or to enroll in skill-building courses in mathematics, reading, writing and/or study skills. With planning, students may use these credits to complete a minor, enroll in a practicum or internship, or study abroad.
|The following is recommended:||Minimum 400 hours of experiential learning during four years (volunteer work, field exploration, internship, human service employment) and Spanish through the intermediate level.|
It is the responsibility of the student to complete all major and university requirements. Please refer to the university catalog for additional information regarding this major. Course title and content is subject to change. Not all courses are offered each semester or year. Please consult with your major advisor for the most current information.
Students enrolled in the Lasallian Honors Program should consult the program director for the appropriate sequence of courses.
(From the 2011-13 Catalog)
A. Practice Core
All of the following:
Students trace the development of human services as a profession, identify employment options for human services professionals, and examine the various social problems to which human services professionals respond, including but not limited to child abuse, domestic violence, homelessness, immigration, mental illness, needs of the frail elderly, and substance abuse. Students complete 25 hours of service in an assigned local human services agency outside of class for the laboratory component of the course.
Offered fall semester.
Students practice and demonstrate skills for intentional attending, development of therapeutic rapport, culturally competent interviewing and assessment, and solution-focused intervention planning.
Offered spring semester. Prerequisite: HS111.
Case management is a vital professional skill. In this course students apply informal and formal assessment strategies to family units, identify and document problems in daily living as experienced by various populations, practice decision-making regarding ethical dilemmas, and document generalist case management services using professional practice standards. This course is also appropriate for psychology or criminal justice/corrections track majors.
Offered spring semester. Prerequisite: HS211 or PY410.
B. Research Core
Three courses from the following:
(Either PY290 or S250)
This course is designed to give students an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills associated with research, including: reading research, collecting data, interpreting data analysis, and reporting results. Emphasis is placed on experimental design (e.g., comparisons among experimental and non-experimental approaches, threats to internal and external validity), interpretation of statistics (e.g., descriptive statistics, correlation, one and two-way ANOVA), reporting results, and research ethics.
Prerequisites: PY111 and either ST132 or ST232.
This course examines the major sociological perspectives in conjunction with an instruction in the logic and procedures of gathering information about social phenomena. The course covers topics such as: the logic of the scientific method, research design, hypotheses formation, theory and methods of scaling, and research analysis.
Also offered as PS242. Prerequisites: S110 and either ST132 or ST232.
This course offers a working experience in the purpose and tools of qualitative field methods. The course covers rapport, methods of observation, field notes, data coding and analysis, ethnography, focus groups and interviews, as well as an introduction to quasi-experimentation.
Offered fall semester. Also offered as PS342. Prerequisite: PS242/S250.
PS242 Logic of Analysis
S250 Logic of Analysis
This course is designed to develop student facility in the use of statistical methods and the understanding of statistical concepts. The course takes a practical approach based on statistical examples taken from everyday life. Topics include: descriptive and inferential statistics, an intuitive introduction to probability, estimation, hypothesis testing, chi-square tests, regression and correlation. Appropriate technology is used to perform the calculations for many applications, and correspondingly an emphasis is placed on interpreting the results of statistical procedures.
Credit is not granted for this course and any of the following: BU215, B392 or ST232. Prerequisite: mathematics competency.
C. Human Development Core
All of the following:
This course is designed for the student with little science in their backgrounds. Basic human biological principles are investigated with emphasis on nutrition, cancer, immunity, reproduction and heredity. Special consideration is given to current advances in medicine and associated bio-social issues. Two lectures are held each week.
Offered fall semester and in alternate spring semesters. Concurrent registration in B201 is required.
These laboratory sessions are designed to reinforce concepts presented in B200. Emphasis is given to study on the digestive, immune, excretory, circulatory, and reproductive systems. The lab meets two hours once a week.
Offered fall semester and in alternate spring semesters. Concurrent registration in B200 is required.
General Psychology provides an overview of the methods, fundamental principles, and major perspectives which define the discipline of psychology. Intrapersonal and/or interpersonal psychological processes involved in the biological basis of behavior, sleeping and dreaming, conditioning and learning, cognition, lifespan human development, abnormal psychology, and psychological treatment. Classical and contemporary research and perspectives including the biological, cognitive, behavioral, psychodynamic, humanistic, sociocultural and evolutionary perspectives are explored. Students are actively involved through application, interactive exercises, simulations, and projects.
This course explores the study of growth and development across the life span. Students are introduced to the reciprocal nature of biological, cognitive, social and cultural factors on the developing person. This is a research-based introduction to understanding the expression of development in everyday life as it extends to family, friendship, youth ministry, school, neighborhood, sports, health care, and social services.
D. Three upper-division courses approved by the program coordinator.
E. Section E or F
Both of the following:
In this course a student begins work on the thesis requirement. The student is expected to select a relevant topic, review relevant scholarly literature and design a research project independently with mentoring by the academic advisor.
Prerequisites: completion of research core of the major and consent of the academic advisor.
In this course the student is expected to complete the research project designed in HS489. The student develops the project independently with mentoring by the academic advisor.
F. Section E or F
All of the following:
Taken the semester before the student completes an internship, students work individually and as a group to evaluate internship readiness; identify possible internship sites; initiate interviews with prospective internship supervisors; review the literature about the population to be served; and develop learning contracts for secured internship sites.
Students must meet university internship eligibility requirements. Graded pass/no credit. Prerequisites: completion of HS111, HS211 and HS306.
This off-campus experience provides qualified juniors or seniors with opportunities to participate as members of established human services site teams. The student's academic advisor, in conjunction with the University's Career Services office and on-site professionals, provide supervision and guidance during the internship.
Prerequisites: B200, B201, HS111, HS211, HS306, HS495, PY111, and PY211. Co-requisite: HS498.
Students engage in evidence-based self-assessment and peer review as they synthesize professional knowledge and skills during the internship. This course is offered with a distance-learning experience to accommodate students completing geographically-distant internships.
A student may complete the internship requirement with an approved semester study abroad program; consult with the program coordinator to discuss options.