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 2013-15 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. Offered every semester. 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 every semester. Also offered as PS342.
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 from the following courses:
This course explores the design and structure of the human body. Lectures present cellular and histological features of the body systems. Laboratory dissections explore gross anatomic features and the three dimensional relationships of structures particularly relevant to the health sciences. Body structures forming superficial features, those visualized by diagnostic imaging techniques and those relevant to kinesiology are empathized. The class meets for two lectures sessions and two two-hour labs weekly.
Offered fall semester. Prerequisites: B110/111 and B120/121
This course is an organ systems approach to learning and understanding medical terms. A word building programmed learning format is utilized to understand Latin and Greek prefixes and root words from which our English medical words originate. Common medical abbreviations and case studies are also incorporated into the course. The class meets for two discussion periods weekly.
This course explores the functions of the body systems of humans. The interrelationships of organ systems processes to maintain homeostasis are emphasized. Laboratory sessions provide experiences with procedures and instrumentation to gather data that highlight the function of the body systems. Course topics are particularly relevant to the health sciences. The class meets for three lectures and one three-hour lab weekly.
Offered spring semester. Prerequisites: B110/111 and B120/121 Recommended: C142/144.
This course examines the history, philosophies, and components of the American correctional system. It provides an overview of the origins of corrections and an introduction to the philosophical ideas with which specific correctional approaches are associated. The history, nature and recent developments of major institutions and programs that make up the current correctional system: jails, probation, intermediate punishments, prison, and parole are explored.
Typically offered every spring semester. Prerequisites: CJ111 and S110.
The primary objective of this course is to provide a comprehensive survey of the use and/or abuse of drugs in the United States and their impact on the criminal justice system. Special attention is given to the historical and sociological contexts in which drug laws have evolved and the implication of those laws on drug prevention policies.
Typically offered every fall semester. Prerequisite: CJ111 or S110.
This course is an examination of the image, roles, status, and activities of American women. In addition, gender issues are explored within their socio-political, cultural, and historical contexts. Special emphasis is placed on a comparative approach to the study of womenﾒs lives as they interact with race, class, and ethnicity.
This course is devoted to a thorough review, analysis and evaluation of public welfare policy and at least one other topic. These topics may include but are not limited to the following: health care; environmental regulations; energy; consolidation of federal programs; affirmative action, etc. Special emphasis is given to the formulation, adoption, implementation, impact, and evaluation of public policy. Also offered as PS370.
Specialized courses are offered in areas of particular interest to students and faculty. Examples include adoption, career and vocational development, immigration, substance abuse, and welfare reform.
This course provides a survey of some of the specific issues in health care ethics that are faced today by patients, providers, insurance companies and other constituencies in the health care arena. Such issues include: access ﾗ how are limited resources to be allocated? Informed consent - what information must patients possess in order to make reasonable and informed decisions about their health care? What compensatory obligations do providers have in the realm of informed consent? Funding ﾗ should the quality of health care vary by the means of the payer? Death ﾗ what is death? Also, should a patient have the right to choose the time and means of his or her death? Procedures and technologies ﾗ are all possible procedures and technical interventions morally defensible?
This course examines the social, philosophical and legal problems faced by the Supreme Court in translating the abstract language of civil liberties contained in the U.S. Constitution into concrete reality with an emphasis upon current problems and the evolving nature of the process.
Offered spring semester.
This course is devoted to a thorough review, analysis and evaluation of public welfare policy and at least one other topic. These topics may include but are not limited to the following: health care, environmental regulations, energy; consolidation of federal programs; affirmative action, etc. Special emphasis is given to the formulation, adoption, implementation, impact, and evaluation of public policy.
Also offered as HS352.
These courses are designed to provide an opportunity to survey and discuss current trends and meet special need of students. Often the course includes both a theoretical and experimental emphasis. Topics vary from year to year depending on student and faculty interest.
Prerequisites vary; consent of instructor is required.
Social psychology is the scientific study of how we perceive people and social events as well as how we influence and relate to one another. Areas covered include social cognition; prejudice, discrimination and stereotyping; the self; interpersonal attraction and close relationships; helping; aggression; attitudes and persuasion; conformity, compliance and obedience. Applications of social psychology to academics, the workplace, the media, and social relations are examined.
Prerequisites: PY111, PY290, and either PY211 or PY220.
Personality psychology examines the question, ﾓWhat does it mean to be a person?ﾔ This course includes historical ways in which we have tried to understand human persons. Classical personality theories including psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral, trait and humanistic/existential are studied and evaluated. Contemporary research in personality areas such as attachment, temperament, the big five traits, and psychological well-being is studied and integrated with historical and classical approaches.
Prerequisites: PY111, PY220, PY305, and PY310.
PY111 General Psychology
PY220 Abnormal Psychology
PY305 Learning and Cognition
PY310 Social Psychology
These are courses of particular areas of psychology determined by faculty and student interest. Seminars offerings are predicated upon faculty availability. Topics have included: Psychology of Aging, Health Psychology, Positive Psychology, Psychology of Emotion and Sport Psychology.
Prerequisites: PY111 and consent of faculty.
The study of deviant behavior as it relates to the definition of crime, crime statistics, theories of crime causation, and crime typologies are treated. The course covers topics such as criminological research, explanations of crime and delinquency, and the development of criminal justice policies.
Offered every fall semester. Prerequisites: CJ111 and S110.
This course focuses on the concept of youth in contemporary society in terms of their behaviors, roles, experiences, and treatment. It does so within the context of the evolution and structural development of two major social institutions: the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. The course uses a sociological framework to emphasize the social, economic, and political realities of childhood in American society.
Offered spring semester.
The course is an attempt to provide an introduction to a field which is rapidly becoming one of the major areas of research in the social sciences and to bring about an awareness and knowledge about the process of aging. Old people and their needs, the impact of growing numbers of old people in our institutions, and the effect of these institutions on the aged is examined.
This course examines the life cycle and impact of social and political movements, focusing on how the process of frame alignment, mobilizing networks and political opportunities shape movements.
Also offered as PS334. Offered every other fall semester. Prerequisite: PS102 or S110.
This course provides numerous theoretical perspectives on ethnicity, class and gender along with a variety of activities which ensure each student an opportunity for developing an experience base with members of various ethnic, social class and gender communities.
Also offered as CJ425. Prerequisite: S110.
A comprehensive study of the family and associated institutions, theories and research in American family structure and function, cross-cultural comparisons, family interaction dynamics, disorganization, and change is included.
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ﾒs academic advisor, in conjunction with the Universityﾒs Career Services office and on-site professionals, provides 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. Co-requisite: HS496/497.
A student may complete the internship requirement with an approved semester study abroad program; consult with the program coordinator to discuss options. Human services majors are strongly encouraged to complete at least 400 hours of related service work through volunteering, service learning, field experience and internships, and to achieve basic proficiency in Spanish or American Sign Language.