Human Services, BS

The human services major prepares students for careers in social change by providing the theoretical and skill-based background necessary for practice and research. 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. Upon completion of the degree, students apply professional skills in counseling roles, nonprofit management, political advocacy, or organizational and community development. 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.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

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
International Human Services
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 BS Degree

Complete one of the specializations listed below.

Family and Children's Services
Required
HUSV 3520Child Intervention and Treatment4
PSYC 1101Foundations of Psychology4
or SOCL 1101 Introduction to Sociology
Electives
Complete three of the following:12
Early Intervention: Family Systems
Early Intervention: Infant and Toddler Development, Risk, and Disability
Education in the Community
Child and Adolescent Development, Learning, and Teaching
Human Development
Childhood Mental Illness
Developmental Psychology
Learning Principles and Behavior Analysis
Sociology of the Family
Violence in the Family
Gender in a Changing Society
Juvenile Delinquency
Children and Youth in Contemporary Society
Seminar in the Family
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
Electives
Complete three of the following:12
Counseling Theories and Practice
Mental Health and Counseling
Health Counseling
Introduction to Professional Psychology
Nonverbal Social Interaction
Mindfulness: Theory and Practice
Psychosocial Management
Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression in Practice and Policy
Moral and Social Problems in Healthcare
Foundations of Psychology
Psychology of Prejudice
Psychology and Meditation
Personality
Developmental Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Wellness
Sociology of Health and Illness
Social Justice and Social Policy
Required
COMM 4603Advocacy Workshop4
POLS 2385U.S. Health and Welfare Policy4
Electives
Complete three of the following:12
Social Movement Communication
Economics of Crime
Economic Status of Ethnic Minorities
Ethnic Relations, Cultural Identity, and Human Services
Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression in Practice and Policy
Social Policy, Advocacy, and Activism
Global Human Rights: A Social and Economic Perspective
Public Policy and Administration
Sociology of Prejudice and Violence
Environment and Society
Race and Ethnic Relations
Identity and Social Change
Required
HUSV 2350Ethnic Relations, Cultural Identity, and Human Services4
HUSV 2800Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression in Practice and Policy4
Electives
Complete three of the following:12
Race and Social Identity
Economic Status of Ethnic Minorities
The Asian-American Experience
Culture, Equity, Power, and Influence
Innovation for Social Change
Communication, Politics, and Social Change
Exploring Adoption: Family, Kinship, and Identity in Contemporary America
Gender Violence: Bystander Education Theory and Practice
Social Policy, Advocacy, and Activism
Introduction to Religion
The Ethics of Food
Sexuality, Gender, and the Law
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Public Policy
Sociology of Prejudice and Violence
Gender in a Changing Society
Sociology of Religion
Sex, Gender, and Popular Culture
Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Women and World Politics
Gender, Social Justice, and Transnational Activism
Applied Behavior Analysis
Required
PSYC 1101Foundations of Psychology4
PSYC 3358Behavior Therapies4
PSYC 3450Learning and Motivation4
PSYC 4654Seminar in Behavioral Modification4
Electives
Complete one of the following:4
Childhood Mental Illness
Nonverbal Communication
Personality
Developmental Psychology
Cognition
Independent Specialization
With approval from the program director, an independent specialization, consisting of five courses, may be defined in consultation with your advisor.20

Human Services Major Credit Requirement

Complete 66 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 elective4HSVC specialization4  
Elective4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 EESH 20001  
 16 17 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0ENGW 33154Elective4Co-op0
 HUSV 37004HSVC specialization4 
 HSVC specialization4  
 Elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0HUSV 39004HSVC specialization4Co-op0
 HUSV 49946Elective4 
 Elective4  
 HSVC diverse population course4  
 0 18 8 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-op0HUSV 47004  
 HSVC elective4  
 Upper-division 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
Elective4   
Elective4   
EESH 20001   
 17 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
HSVC organization course4Co-op0Co-op0HSVC specialization4
HSVC diverse population course4  Elective4
ENGW 33154   
Elective4   
 16 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
HUSV 37004Co-op0Co-op0Vacation0
Elective4   
HSVC specialization4   
HSVC elective4   
 16 0 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
HUSV 49946HUSV 47004  
HUSV 39004HSVC specialization4  
HSVC specialization4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 18 16  
Total Hours: 132