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Human Services & Rehabilitation Online

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

This major is designed to advance students working in a wide variety of social, medical, rehabilitation, and human service settings, as well as those intending to move directly into support and human service jobs upon completion of the degree or certificate. The primary purpose of the human services professional is to assist individuals and communities to function as effectively as possible in the major domains of living. This program will prepare students to meet human needs through an interdisciplinary knowledge base, focusing on prevention as well as remediation of problems, and maintaining a commitment to improving the overall quality of life of service populations. This program incorporates and supports the twelve national standards set by the Human Services Research Institute, accepted as the highest expectations in the field.

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (2014) “Employment of social and human service assistants is projected to grow 22% from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.” Students will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to work effectively in a wide variety of direct-service roles and would be qualified for entry-level positions or advancements within agencies.

Program Objectives:
1. Effectively perform empathic listening, observation, assessment, and interactional skills with individuals, groups, families and communities.
2. Employ appropriate assessment theory and delivery models in prior planning, execution, and follow-up of interactions with clients and families.
3. Evaluate levels and availabilities of community resources to assist and support clients.
4. Apply appropriate and specific skills designed for effective interaction and treatment of individuals with developmental disabilities.
5. Advance the independence, integration, and full participation of individuals with rehabilitation needs in the workforce and the community.

Course Requirements

Code Course Name Credits
BIO109 Biology I 4

This course will examine basic concepts of cellular biology, developmental biology, genetic variation and heredity, and evolution. Laboratory sessions will involve mitosis, embryology, heredity and recombinant DNA technology, and biochemical evolution. (Lab fee: $35)

CIT300 Communicating for Leadership 3

As the final course in the CIT core, Communicating for Leadership serves as a bridge to upper-level courses in students fields of study. Furthermore, different sections are taught by instructors in these fields. This allows students to study the specialized communication styles and demands associated with effective leadership in their majors; that is, business majors study corporate communications; students in legal studies examine communication models and strategies for conflict resolution, liberal studies majors draw upon multimedia skills and technologies to enhance their communications, etc. Through readings, writing projects, discussions, and role-plays, students also study interpersonal communication skills, verbal and non-verbal communication, the dynamics and ethics of interviewing, and organizational and small group communication. While writing, reading, listening, and information literacy are integrated into the course, the course offers explicit instruction in public speaking and offers students opportunities to practice speaking to multiple and complex audiences in forums relevant to their fields of study. Prerequisite: ENG 114, ENG 122, and ENG124

COM111 Computer Applications I 3

This course uses a hands-on approach to have students explore computer hardware and software concepts. Students will identify and explain the principle components of computers and their use. They will utilize a Graphical User Interface Windows environment to handle basic commands and functions via the toolbars; work with drives, folders, and files; and manage disks. Students will define and apply the four basic computer operations of input, processing, output, and storage, using hardware and software application devices for documentation creation and production. Students will use Microsoft Word to create and format correspondence, tabulations, and reports. Students will use Microsoft PowerPoint to plan, design, and create professional and colorful screen presentations, overhead transparencies, outlines, speakers notes, and audience handouts. Students will also be introduced to the Internets search engines, bookmarks, and digital library.

ENG114 Critical Reading & Response 3

This course introduces the integration of communication skills essential for effective reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college level. In this writing intensive course, students develop composition skills to produce collegiate-level papers modeling rhetorical modes and thematic content in addition to strategies for reading complex texts; presentation skills for personal introductions, verbal summaries of readings and response writings, and peer review of papers; and basic technological skills for word processing, e-mail, and introductory-level online research.

ENG124 Research and Writing in the Disciplines 3

In this course students will apply the practices for effective reading and writing introduced in ENG 114 to the distinctive language and forms of various disciplines. This course lays the foundation for academic and professional research and stresses the use of appropriate and effective information sources. Readings for a variety of academic audiences will provide students with strategies to communicate in the sciences, business and technology, psychology, liberal studies, and the social sciences. Research and documentation skills appropriate to the disciplines are stressed. In addition to leading students through the research process from start to finish, this course will examine the many ramifications of academic honesty. Prerequisite: ENG 114

ENG134 Literary Genres 3

Selected readings in fiction, poetry, and drama introduce the student to literary types and techniques. These readings provide a basis for collegiate-level discussion, analysis, and the development of critical judgment. Building on the communications and research skills from earlier courses in the sequence, this course emphasizes continued practice in writing, and students complete a documented research paper using primary and secondary sources as one of the course writing assignments. Discussions and oral presentations based on assigned literature support the overall goal of the sequence: to enhance the advancement of the students, first academically and then professionally. Prerequisite: ENG 114

HSR200 Introduction to Human Services and Rehabilitation 3

This course introduces the major policies and practices that are used to understand human strengths and challenges within the field of Human Services and Rehabilitation. The course explores the skills, values and knowledge base needed to effectively work as a culturally competent human service professional in multidisciplinary settings. Prerequisite:: PSY101

HSR400 Psychosocial Aspects of Disability & Aging 3

This course provides a general introduction to the multi-disciplinary fields of gerontology and disability studiies. It examines the growth and development of persons from both psychological and sociological perspectives as they deal with the issues arising from onset of disability and progression of aging, as well as their interplay over time. The interaction of the individual with the environment provides a framework for this course with special attention given to societal valuing and devaluing of disability and aging. Social roles, expectations, opportunities, and new perspectives on disability and aging in a broad sociocultural context are discussed. Prerequisite:: PSY 101

HSR401 Developmental and Psychiatric Disabilities 3

This course develops competencies using evidence-based material, case studies, practice guidelines, interactive activities, and video examples. Participants will develop expertise in understanding, supporting and advocating for persons with neurodevelopmental disabilities, organic brain disease and their families. The interactive discussions provided in conjunction with required readings, assignments, and videos address screening, diagnosis and treatment of infants, children, adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities and psychiatric disabilities and their lives in our communities. Prerequisite: PSY101

HSR402 Addictions and Interventions 3

This course is designed to help students develop an understanding of addictions from an eco-systems perspective. The addictive process and recovery will be studied, including the reciprocal interaction between addicted individuals and the various social systems of which they are a part. Students will examine substance abuse and behavioral compulsions, including alcohol and other drugs, smoking, compulsive gambling, eating disorders, and sexual addictions. There will also be a focus on diversity in addicted populations, the business of drugs, and prevention. Attention will be given to biological and genetic factors in the etiology of addiction, family issues, and community responses. The consequences of addictions will be studied at the individual, family, community and societal levels. This course will draw on current research in the field of addictions, and will emphasize critical thinking, and analysis of the current controversies in the field. Prequisite: PSY101

HSR450 Human Services and Rehabilitation Senior Seminar 3

This course is the capstone seminar in the HSR program, to be taken in the student's final year. Students will develop and present a new Human Services and Rehabilitation Plan Proposal which synthesizes and integrates content from previous human service course and practical experience into a plan that demonstrates competency as an HSR professional. Prerequisites: HSR 200, 400, 401, 402

MAT120 Statistics 3

This is an introduction to the basic descriptive and inferential statistics for students from all disciplines. It emphasizes the development of statistical literacy and the use of computer for analyzing data. Topics include principles of experimental design; graphical and numerical methods for summarizing, describing, exploring and analyzing data; binomial and normal probability distributions; point and interval estimates for means and proportions; hypothesis testing; and correlation and regression. Offered both semesters

PSY101 Introduction to Psychology 1 3

This course provides a basic foundation in psychology by introducing numerous psychological perspectives as explanations for human behavior and mental processes. Basic neurophysiology, consciousness, learning, personality theories, psychological disorders, and current interventions are discussed. This course is a prerequisite for all other psychology courses

PSY205 Child Development 3

This course is a study of developmental changes from birth through 12 years old. Prenatal and neonatal issues are also discussed. Physical, emotional, social, and cognitive growth are explored at each age. The dominant theories of development are examined, as well as contemporary issues relating to childhood and parenting. Prerequisite: PSY 101 Offered in the spring semester only

PSY206 Adolescent & Adult Development 3

This course surveys how people develop and change from the onset of adolescence through late adulthood. Different theoretical perspectives and contemporary information relating to the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive realms are examined. Prerequisite: PSY 101 Offered in the fall semester only

PSY312 Psychological Stastics 3

This course provides students with foundational knowledge stastical analyses and assessment methods that are commonly used in Psychology and th Social Sciences. Students will learn how to identify, propberly utilize, and interpret analyses for various typs of testing data and assessment tools. Pre-req: PSY323

PSY323 Behavioral Research Methods 3

This course introduces the student interested in human behavior to experimental design procedures emphasizing methodology, data collection techniques, and critical evaluation of research practices. Prerequisites: MAT 120, two courses in Psychology, and junior or senior status Offered in the spring semester only

PSY346 Health Psychology 3

This course explores the behavioral, cognitive, emotional, and social factors that affect physical health. Prevention, intervention, and treatment techniques will be discussed with an emphasis on approaches to changing unhealthy practices and maintaining health. Prerequisites: PSY 101, junior or senior status

PSY370 Social Psychology 3

Social behavior is studied from a psychological perspective. Topics addressed typically include: small group behavior, personal perception, attitude acquisition and change, leadership, conformity, and prejudice. Prerequisites: PSY 101 and junior or senior status Offered in the fall semester only

PSY407 Interviewing & Counseling 3

This course provides students with knowledge of introductory skills. This course will cover basic skills common across the helping professions. Students will demonstrate competence with basic skills in an educational setting through role plays.

PSY498 Psychology Internship 3

Students receive supervised training from practicing professionals normally during the final semester of the fourth year. Learning is achieved through observation and/or direct participation. Students are placed appropriately in settings that relate to their individual and educational career objectives. Sites may include public educational facilities, human services agencies, mental health clinics, and law enforcement and criminal justice agencies. Prerequisites: A minimum cgpa of 2.0, senior status, and approval of department chair. Open only to psychology majors. (This course is graded Pass/Fail.)

WEL220 Women as Empowered Leaders and Learners 3

This required interdisciplinary course is designed to give all students entering the One-Day Program a common experience and foundation for their education. Students examine leadership within the larger context of our interdependent world and their own strengths, values and aspirations. Students also examine learning styles, academic requirements, communication skills and technology to create a personalized action plan for success in the One-Day undergraduate experience and beyond.

WEL330 Strategies for Personal and Career Growth 3

This required interdisciplinary course builds on the foundation created in WEL 220 to deepen students knowledge, skills and attitudes related to career, leadership and financial development. Through a focus on well being students will strategically delve into ways to manage their own growth and development while understanding the opportunities to build on their purpose, passion and potential.

WEL440 Leadership in Practice 3

This capstone course is an interdisciplinary course designed to give senior-level students an opportunity to create a learning experience that allows them to apply knowledge, skills and personal development to a project that also contributes to a family, organization and/or community. This course combines academic study with practical application of leadership, communications and technology skills as a springboard for the student to move forward into the future as an empowered woman. Students may choose to complete research, community-based projects and/or service learning projects. As a culminating experience, this course also provides the platform for assessing students progress and proficiency.