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Human Services Degree Courses

Required Core Knowledge/Skills (30 hours) (all courses required)

Introduction to Human Services (HSR 120)
An introductory course providing an overview of the following programs: deaf and hard of hearing, communication disorders, rehabilitation services, orientation and mobility, visual impairment, and special education.

Educational Psychology (EPS 380)
Application of psychological and principles to education. Introduces information, issues, theories and concepts involved in the education process.

Introduction to Rehabilitation Services (RHB 220)
Survey of the historical development of the present rehabilitation service system. An introduction to the agencies and their services.

Interviewing and Helping Skills (RHB 381)
Introduction to the utilization of interpersonal communication skills in professional settings.

Vocational Evaluation, Supported Employment and Job Placement of People with Severe Disabilities (RHB 407)
Emphasis on services offered by rehabilitation facilities in working with people with severe disabilities. Development of beginning knowledge and skills in vocational evaluation, supported employment and job placement.

Beginning American Sign Language (ASL) (SPH 172)
Introduction to ASL and deaf culture. Includes principles, methods and techniques for communicating with deaf community members in ASL. Emphasizes the development of basic expressive and receptive skills for simple conversation in ASL. Also includes a brief history of signs.

Human Services Clinical Rotation (HSR 498) - 6 hours

Undergraduate Thesis (HSR 499) - one hour for three semesters

Internship I (RHB 495)
Supervised work experience in rehabilitation services agencies and/or school systems. Allows the student to apply personal values, theory and a philosophy of working with people with disabilities in the agency setting.

Professional Applied Skills (24 hours)
Required Courses (9 hours)

Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis (SPE 439)
Principles of behavior management for classroom and community use with students with disabilities.
Prerequisite: SPE 329

Generalist Social Work with Small Groups (SWK 333)
Introduction to group formation, development, maintenance and change/dissolution.

Introduction to Alcohol and Other Dependency (RHB 222)
Survey of alcohol and other psychoactive chemical substances of abuse in our society, and implications or chemical dependency on the individual, family and society.

Selective Courses (15 hours from the following)

Advanced Chemical Substance Use and Abuse (RHB 422)
Freedom to expand knowledge and skills in applying interdisciplinary academic theory to professional practice in assessment and treatment of substance abuse.
Prerequisite: RHB 222 or consent from instructor of record

Case Management in Rehabilitation (RHB 490)
In-depth study of the process of rehabilitation for individuals with disabilities.
Prerequisites: RHB 220, RHB 381, RHB 383

Consulting with Parents and Professionals (SPE 463)
Study of family involvement and ways in which a special education teacher can positively interact with the family and collaborate/consult with other concerned professionals.

Functional Living Skills for People with Disabilities (SPE 434)
Addresses issues and procedures in teaching independent living skills to students with disabilities, such as mental retardation, behavior disorders, learning disabilities, physical disabilities and multiple disabilities.
Prerequisites: SPE 329

Educational Programming for Students with Autism (SPE 465)
Overview of etiology, research, characteristics and program components related to children and youth with autism. Discussion of traditional and current causations with subsequent implications drawn from providing appropriate educational interventions.
Prerequisites: SPE 329, SPE 439

Introduction to Working with People with a Visual Disability (RHB 325)
Study of people with visual impairments from the standpoint of emotional and intellectual factors, cultural influences and interpersonal relationships.

Academic Instruction for People with Disabilities (SPE 438)
Address effective instructional approaches to help students with disabilities (intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, behavior disorders) achieve academic goals.
Prerequisites: SPE 329, SPE 439

Assistive Technology for Individuals with Disabilities (SPE 466)
Instruction in the use of technology that enhances learning, functioning and independent living for individuals with disabilities. Focus on both "low-tech" and "high-tech" with an emphasis on new technologies.
Prerequisite: SPE 329

Management Component (6 hours from the following)

Management Principles (MGT 370)
Management philosophy, functions of management and behavioral approaches to management, including the impact of demographic diversity on organizations. Presentation of management as a discipline and a process.
Prerequisite: junior standing

Human Resource Management (MGT 373)
Introduction to human resource management; employment, placement and human resource planning; training and development; compensation and benefits; employee and labor relations; health, safety and security; human resource research.
Prerequisite: junior standing

Organizational Behavior (MGT 377)
Study of human behavior in organizational settings, the interface between human behavior and the organization, and structure and process of the organization itself.
Prerequisite: junior standing

Employee and Labor Relations (MGT 379)
Employee-employer relationships in non-unionized and unionized settings; problems and theories of union organizing, collective bargaining and contract administration.
Prerequisite: junior standing

Organizational Leadership (MGT 385)
This course explores basic theories, perspectives and insights found in the field of organizational leadership. Leadership theories are examined in light of their practical application in various situations/contexts, including international aspects of organizational leadership.
Prerequisite: junior standing

Supervisory Management (MGT 461)
Techniques involved in supervision: cases in handling morale, discipline, communication, grievances, and other phases of employee and labor relations.
Prerequisite: senor standing

Human Development Component (12 hours)
Required Courses (6 hours)

Human Growth and Development (EPS 485)
Study of normal growth and development through the entire lifespan, emphasizing the physical, cognitive, social and emotional domains.

Survey of Exceptionalities (SPE 329)
Introductory course covering the conditions and psychological characteristics of exceptional children.

Selective Courses (6 hours from the following)

Educational Appraisal of Exceptional Children (SPE 432)
Fundamental concepts of measurements with emphasis upon the utility and limitations of various test and assessment procedures.
Prerequisite: SPE 329

Children with Behavior Disorders (SPE 460)
Etiology, characteristics and remediation of behavior disorders of children.
Prerequisite: SPE 329

Psycho-Social Aspects of Disability (RHB 383)
Provides an understanding of people with disabilities emphasizing psychological, social and medical aspects.

Social Systems Services Component (3 hours from the following)

Introduction to Social Welfare (SWK 210)
Introduction to social welfare institutions in the United States and social problems with which these institutions deal. Major emphasis on the historical and philosophical development of social welfare services in the U.S., the institutions that deal with these problems, current issues related to these problems, and the functions of social work in delivering social welfare services.

Introduction to Social Work (SWK 215)
Introduction to the social work profession and service provisions including the history, philosophy, values and ethics of the profession. The Generalist Problem-Solving Model is introduced.

Human Behavior and Social Environment I (SWK 225)
Study of problems in living of individuals within the context of small systems such as families, friendship networks, extended families and informal support groups. Biological, social, psychological, spiritual development and cultural systems examined in regard to human behavior and interrelationships between people and environments across the life span.

Diversity Component (3 hours from the following)
Multicultural Social Work (SWK 425)
Study of the manner in which cultural diversity, ethnic diversity and oppression influences assessment, planning and intervention in social work.
Prerequisite: SWK 225