List of Courses

HUM 150 Human Services Theory, Skills, and Resources (3 credits)

This course introduces students to career fields in Human Services and other helping professions. It also teaches the beginning interpersonal skills and techniques essential for effective human services workers. Theories covered include human development, and the effects of family, culture, social systems and diversity on the development of the individual. Students will learn how to apply this knowledge when working with people, and be introduced to the range of community resources for human services. Students will also explore career goals, clarify their personal and professional values, select a Human Services option and begin the process of identifying a field internship placement for HUM 164: Field Instruction. Prerequisite: English and reading placement must be at college level proficiency.

HUM 152 Human Services: Beginning Skills and Competencies (3 credits)

This course introduces students to the skills and competencies necessary for professional and ethical conduct appropriate to career fields in Human Services. The course addresses the emotional and psychological stamina needed to work in the Human Services field; examines the importance of empathy when assisting individuals, children, families and people with disabilities in Human Services settings; and provides students with the tools to communicate effectively with clients and other Human Service professionals. Students will develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills using case study examples, and receive training in stress management and coping techniques to promote wellness. Teaching approaches include lecture, discussion, modeling, role play, and large and small group activities. Prerequisite: HUM 150 or permission of instructor.

HUM 162 Introduction to Social Work Practice (3 credits)

The student is introduced to generic social work methods; aspects of practice; the concepts of generalist; social systems interventions; and comprehensive social work service to individuals, small groups, and the community. Prerequisite: HUM 150 or permission of instructor.

HUM 164 Human Services Field Instruction and Seminar I (3 credits)

This course is the required supervised practice experience enabling the student to develop competency for the delivery of Social Work, Counseling, or Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling services at the Associate Degree level. The introductory learning experience allows the student to begin to develop a generalist knowledge base of Human Services, Social Work, Counseling, or Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling practice. Students will complete a 100-hour field placement at a site approved by the department. A medical examination, tuberculin test, background check and/or fingerprint review may be required. Prerequisites: 2.0 overall G.P.A., HUM 150, and one of the following theory courses: HUM 162, HUM 260, or ASA 268, or permission of instructor.

HUM 165 Introduction to Counseling (3 credits)

This course is an introduction to three broad areas of counseling: historical and professional foundations of the counseling profession, counseling theories, and counseling specialties (focusing on specific populations with whom counselors work or professional practices in which they are engaged). It is designed to provide an understanding of the counseling profession, an overview of the developments of counseling, fundamental counseling theories, and the variety of counseling specialty areas of practice. It is recommended that students take PSY 103 General Psychology before taking this course.

HUM 203 Child Welfare and Social Work (3 credits)

This course presents the student with an overview of the child welfare system, particularly as it pertains to working with children and families within the discipline of social work and the community-at-large. Utilizing a strengths-based empowerment perspective in child welfare, the course will provide basic knowledge and understanding of the historical and ongoing development of the child welfare system, explore current services offered in child welfare agencies and examine practice decisions based on several social work methodologies. The impact of culture norms and the social marginalization of populations will be discussed as they relate to the definitions of abuse and the welfare of children and families. Prerequisite: HUM 150 or permission of instructor.

HUM 205 Psychosocial Impact of HIV/AIDS (3 credits)

This course provides a forum for students to learn about the history and social environment of HIV/AIDS, patterns of infection and psychosocial issues such as stigma, isolation, trauma, grief and poverty. Students will also explore the role of politics, public health, and community action, and the student's responsibility to family, friends, and the community, both personally and as a professional in the helping professions.

HUM 230 Human Services With Diverse Populations (3 credits)

This course engages the students in an examination of diversity in domestic and global contexts. Primarily, we will explore the impact of ethnicity, race, gender, ability/disability, socio-economic class, and sexual orientation on our lives. Students will develop self-awareness regarding their own feelings, assumptions, and behaviors in relation to others different from themselves and how these impact their personal values and belief systems.

HUM 257 Crisis Intervention Counseling (3 credits)

This course is intended as an introduction to crisis intervention theories, models, and specific interventional therapeutic techniques. The course focuses on intervention, theories, and concepts in situational and developmental crises and is designed to assist students to acquire basic helping skills in crisis intervention counseling. Prerequisite: HUM 162, HUM 165, HUM 260, or ASA 268, or permission of instructor; PSY 103 is recommended.

HUM 260 Social Work Interviewing and Counseling (3 credits)

This course addresses the functions, roles, and techniques essential for effective social work/ human services work. It encompasses social work values, knowledge and skills in the interviewing and the counseling relationship. Prerequisite: HUM 150 or permission of instructor.

HUM 261 Social Work Policy (3 credits)

This course examines the history of social welfare and institutionalized social services and the impact on social workers and other helping professionals. Topics include: child welfare, public health, racism, sexism and the evolution of social work as a profession. Prerequisite: HUM 150 or permission of instructor.

HUM 263 Human Services Field Instruction and Seminar II (3 credits)

This course is an optional second-level field internship. The in-depth learning experience builds on the competencies of the first level and allows students to further develop their knowledge base of Human Services, Social Work, Counseling, or Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling practice. Students will complete a 100-hour field placement at a site approved by the department. A medical exam, tuberculin test, background check and/or fingerprint review may be required. Prerequisite: HUM 164 or permission of instructor.

HUM 265 Aging and the Family (3 credits)

This course is an introduction and overview of the process of aging, including interactions among the biological, psychological, social, and economic aspects of aging in our society. Areas such as nutrition, health, housing, employment, and retirement will be explored with an emphasis on the interdependence of all these areas. The present status of the elderly and possible changes that might prevent or remedy the problems they face in today's society will be discussed. Prerequisite: HUM 150 or permission of instructor.

HUM 267 Families in Crisis: Human Services Intervention (3 credits)

This course will introduce a study of families in crisis using intervention dynamics as the major treatment methodology. Focus is on specific developments and situational crises, which interfere with family functioning and coping abilities. The course will discuss social services, institutional services, and the role of the crisis counselor.

HUM 269 Social Work and People With Disabilities (3 credits)

This course will include a brief history of disabilities in our society, with definitions and discussion of various disability groupings, providers, services and interventions as well as many of the current issues that individuals with impairments and disabilities face today. It considers the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1900 (ADA) and its effect on public awareness and attitudes. Prerequisite: HUM 150 or permission of instructor.

HUM 270 Assertiveness Training (1 credits)

This course helps students develop assertive skills for use in personal, professional, and social settings. Students will learn how to express their needs, address conflict, and assert their rights through clear, honest, and respectful interactions with others. Prerequisite: English and reading placement must be at college level proficiency.