Human Services, BA

The human services major prepares students for careers in social change by providing the theoretical and skill-based background necessary for practice and research. Upon completion of the degree, students apply professional skills in counseling roles, nonprofit management, political advocacy, or organizational and community development. Students have an opportunity to develop a holistic understanding of preventative and reactive responses to social inequality and an understanding of how to impact change at individual and structural levels. Students engage in an integrated educational program that emphasizes experiential approaches to learning through service-learning, co-op, and internship opportunities. All students declare a specialization within the major that reflects their particular focus in the field. Human services specializations include applied behavioral analysis, Deaf studies (BA only), family and children’s services, identity and social change, psychology/counseling psychology, and social justice and social policy.  Additionally, students may have a specific area of interest not currently reflected in the offered specialization. In such cases, students are invited to submit an independent specialization for approval by the program director. 

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

BA Language Requirements

All BA students are required to complete the BA language requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Experiential Liberal Arts

All undergraduate students in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities are required to complete the Experiential Liberal Arts Requirement.

Human Services Major Requirements

Human Services Overview
HUSV 1101Human Services Professions4
HUSV 2300Counseling in Human Services4
HUSV 3570The Nonprofit Sector, Philanthropy, and Social Change4
Research
HUSV 3700Research Methods for Human Services4
Policy
HUSV 3900Introduction to Social Policy4
Organization
SOCL 3440Sociology of Human Service Organizations4
Human Services and Diverse Populations
Complete one of the following:4
Ethnic Relations, Cultural Identity, and Human Services
Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression in Practice and Policy
Intercultural Studies through Human Services
Human Services Electives
Complete two HUSV courses.8
Senior Seminar and Internship
HUSV 4700Senior Seminar in Human Services4
HUSV 4994Human Services Internship6

Human Services Specialization for BA Degree

Complete one of the specializations listed below.

Specialization in Deaf Studies
AMSL 1101Elementary ASL 1 (normally taken as part of the BA core)4
AMSL 1102Elementary ASL 2 (normally taken as part of the BA core)4
AMSL 2101Intermediate ASL 14
AMSL 2102Intermediate ASL 24
DEAF 1500Deaf People in Society4
Specialization in Family and Children's Services
Required
HUSV 3520Child Intervention and Treatment4
PSYC 1101Foundations of Psychology4
or SOCL 1101 Introduction to Sociology
Elective
Complete one of the following:4
Early Intervention: Family Systems
Early Intervention: Planning and Evaluating Services
Developmental Psychology
Learning Principles and Behavior Analysis
Sociology of the Family
Gender in a Changing Society
Juvenile Delinquency
Specialization in Psychology/Counseling Psychology
Required
HUSV 2320Techniques in Individual and Group Counseling in Human Services4
HUSV 3540Services and Treatments for Chemical Dependencies4
or HUSV 3580 Sexual Violence: Counseling, Programs, and Policy
Elective
Complete one of the following:4
Counseling Theories and Practice
Mental Health and Counseling
Nonverbal Social Interaction
Mindfulness: Theory and Practice
Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression in Practice and Policy
Moral and Social Problems in Healthcare
Foundations of Psychology
Personality
Developmental Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Wellness
Sociology of Health and Illness
Specialization in Social Justice and Social Policy
Required
COMM 46034
POLS 23854
Elective
Complete one of the following:4
Social Movement Communication
Economics of Crime
Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression in Practice and Policy
Global Human Rights: A Social and Economic Perspective
Public Policy and Administration
Environment and Society
Race and Ethnic Relations
Specialization in Identity and Social Change
Required
HUSV 2350Ethnic Relations, Cultural Identity, and Human Services4
HUSV 2800Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression in Practice and Policy4
Elective
Complete one of the following:4
The Asian-American Experience
Innovation for Social Change
Communication, Politics, and Social Change
Culture, Equity, Power, and Influence
Introduction to Religion
Jewish Religion and Culture
Religion and Politics
Gender in a Changing Society
Sex, Gender, and Popular Culture
Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Women and World Politics
Gender, Social Justice, and Transnational Activism
Specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis
PSYC 1101Foundations of Psychology4
PSYC 3358Behavior Therapies4
PSYC 3450Learning and Motivation4
PSYC 4654Seminar in Behavioral Modification4
Independent Specialization
With approval from the program director, an independent specialization, consisting of three courses, may be defined in consultation with your advisor.12

Human Services Major Credit Requirement

Complete 58 semester hours in the major.

Program Requirement

128 total semester hours required

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
HUSV 10001HUSV 23004Vacation0Vacation0
HUSV 11014HSVC elective4  
ENGW 11114Elective4  
MATH 12154Elective4  
Elective4   
 17 16 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
HSVC specialization4HSVC organization course4Vacation0Co-op0
HSVC elective4Foreign language core course4  
Foreign language core course4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 EESH 20001  
 16 17 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0ENGW 33154Elective4Co-op0
 HUSV 37004Elective4 
 HSVC diverse population course4  
 Foreign language core course4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0HUSV 49946HSVC specialization4Co-op0
 HUSV 39004Elective4 
 HSVC specialization4  
 Elective4  
 0 18 8 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-op0HUSV 47004  
 HSVC elective4  
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 132

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
HUSV 10001HUSV 23004Vacation0Vacation0
HUSV 11014HSVC elective4  
ENGW 11114Elective4  
MATH 12154Elective4  
Elective4   
 17 16 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
HSVC specialization4Co-op0Co-op0Elective4
HSVC elective4  Elective4
Foreign language core course4   
Elective4   
EESH 20001   
 17 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
HSVC organization course4Co-op0Co-op0HSVC specialization4
Foreign language core course4  Elective4
Elective4   
HSVC diverse population course4   
 16 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ENGW 33154Co-op0Co-op0Vacation0
HUSV 37004   
HSVC specialization4   
HSVC elective4   
 16 0 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
HUSV 49946HUSV 47004  
HUSV 39004Elective4  
Foreign language core course4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 18 16  
Total Hours: 132