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Human Services, B.A. 

This major is designed to provide you with a cross-disciplinary perspective necessary for a beginning  a career or graduate study in the fields of Social Work or Human Services.

Social work practice consists of the professional application of social work values, principles, and techniques to: help people obtain tangible services; provide counseling and psychotherapy with individuals, families, and groups; help communities or groups provide or improve social and health services; and participate in legislative processes. The practice of social work requires knowledge of human development and behavior; of social and economic, and cultural institutions; and of the interaction of all these factors (NASW, 2003). 

Human Services is best characterized as "systems of services and allied occupations and professions that concentrate on improving or maintaining the physical and mental health and general well-being of individuals, groups, or communities in our society. Human Services have been classified into "four service categories: (1) personal services such as counseling, rehabilitation, recreation, religion, (2) protection services such as public health service, courts, law enforcement, consumer protection, fire fighting, (3) information or advising services such as financial counseling, hotlines, libraries, and (4) maintenance services such as child care, unemployment assistance, public welfare, Social Security programs" (Zastrow, 2000). Human Services is distinguishable from Social Work in that it includes other social services (e.g., law enforcement, library services, housing code enforcement) as well as programs traditionally classified as social welfare services. Thus, Human Services is a broader field as it includes social welfare services as one of the many types of social services provided to individuals, groups, organizations, or communities.The plan of study is listed below.



B.A. Human Services Requirements
Cr#         Required Introductory Courses  
Credits
PS130
SO100
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology

3
3
Cr#         Research Skills Requirements
Credits
SO201
SO221 
PS202
Statistical Methods in the Behavioral Sciences
Methods of Sociological Research OR
Experimental Psychology
3
3
3

Cr#         Psychology Foundation Course
Credits
PS310 Principles of Psychopathology                                       
3
Cr#         Sociology Foundation Courses 
Credits
SO360 Poverty & Welfare
3
Cr#         Human Services Course Requirements  
Credits
SO314
SO315
SO317
SO325
SO370
SO371
SO460
Social Work Theory & Practice
Human Behavior in the Social Environment
Practice with Diverse Populations\
Social Work Ethics
Interventions with Individuals
Interventions with Families and Groups
Capstone Internship
3
3
3
3
3
3
4-7
Elective (3 credits): 1 course from the following list of options: 
SO200
PS204
PS260
PS360
SO316
SO318
SO319
SO321
SO330
CO332
SO480
Introduction to the Helping Professions
Social Psychology
Special Topics
Special Topics
Social Issues in Health Care
Social Gerontology
Introduction to Child Welfare
Community Mental Health
Sociology of Gender
Gendered Communications
Advanced Internship

3

3
3
3
3
3
3
3

3
3
4-7

 
 
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
 
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
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