A degree in Human Services gives students a solid background in the scientific study of social behavior. Students learn the theory and skills of related disciplines such as social welfare and psychology. This multi-disciplinary course of study and our internship program prepare students for human service careers.
In addition to the general education requirements, majors in Human Services must complete 42 s.h. as prescribed below:
*It is recommended that MATH1380 Statistics be taken prior to enrolling for SOCI4440 Social Research.
A minor in Human Services requires 18 s.h. of the following courses:
HMSV2300 Introduction to Social Welfare and Human Services 3 s.h.
An examination of society’s commitment to solving social problems in order to improve the welfare of individuals, groups, and communities. The students examine the organized system of social services and social institutions in the United States. Students are exposed to the systems approach used to analyze social problems and social welfare issues. Prerequisites: SOCI1300 (grade of C or better).
HMSV2430 Methods and Ethics of Social Work Practice 3 s.h.
An introduction to the knowledge, values, and skills required of the beginning social worker. Special emphasis on methods of intervention to promote change within individuals, families, small groups, and communities. Prerequisite: HMSV2300 (grade of C or better).
HMSV3400 Human Behavior in the Social Environment 3 s.h.
A social systems perspective is applied to understand the relationships among individuals, families and the broader social environment, addressing behavior within diverse contexts including ethnicity, race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, age, and disability. Prerequisite: HMSV2300 Introduction to Social Welfare and Human Services.
HMSV3900 Advanced Topics in Human Services 3 s.h.
An in-depth study of topics from one or more areas of Social Welfare. Topics will be announced prior to each semester in which they are offered. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisite: HMSV2300 Introduction to Social Welfare and Human Services.
HMSV4100 Social Welfare Programs and Policies 3 s.h.
An overview of American social welfare programs and policies. Students will be introduced to social policy analysis. Emphasis will be given to poverty, welfare programs, and welfare reform. An overview of current social policy associated with economic support, housing, food, and immigration will be provided. Prerequisite: HMSV2300 Introduction to Social Welfare and Human Services.
HMSV4500 Human Services Practicum 3-6 s.h.
A supervised practicum which serves as a capstone course. This course integrates the knowledge, values, and skills developed throughout the human services curricula, in a community agency setting. Graceland faculty, field supervisors, and students collaborate to facilitate the transition from classroom to practice in the human services field. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis) Prerequisite: HMSV3430, PSYC4430, Senior status and Instructor’s consent.