Bachelor of Science in Human Services

The Bachelor of Science in Human Services (BSHS) degree is a 120-credit program designed for adults who work in select positions in human services areas preparing them for professional advancement or graduate studies. Students develop a professional track that matches their career experiences. To be admitted to the program and to complete the Capstone course, students must have current work or volunteer experience in their professional track. Students must have at least one year/1500 hours of current work or volunteer experience. Students are required to submit a current resume at the time of application. 

Learning Outcomes Objectives:

Graduate of the Bachelor of Science in Human Services degree will have the ability to:
  • Interpret and critically analyze the research in the professional track
  • Apply theory to professional practice
  • Apply knowledge of the specific skills, techniques, and agencies necessary to serve client populations
  • Apply knowledge of cultural diversity as it relates to the field of Human Services
  • Apply theories of management as it relates to Human Services

Required Courses:
9 credits in Theoretical Foundation*, 6 credits in Intervention*, 6 credits in Client Populations*, 3 credits in Research, 6 credits in management. 24 credits in professional track, at least 18 credits at the 300-400 level in one area of study such as Administration of Justice, Child Development Services, Community Services, Emergency Disaster Services, Gerontology, Health Services, Legal Services, Fitness and Wellness or Social Services and a 6 credit capstone course.

BSHS Credit Distribution

Subject Category Credits
I. General Education Requirements 60
A. Intellectual and Practical Skills 15
  • English Composition I (ENC-101)
(3)
  • English Composition II (ENC-102)
(3)
  • College Mathematics
(3)
  • Computer Concepts
(3)
  • Electives in Intellectual and Practical Skills
(3)
B. Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World 18
  • Humanities
(3)
  • Introduction to Sociology (SOC-101)
(3)
  • Introduction to Psychology (PSY-101)
(3)
  • Natural Science
(3)
  • Humanities/Social Science/Natural Science/Math or Interdisciplinary Electives
(6)
C. Personal and Social Responsibility 9
  • Cultural Diversity in the US (SOC-322)
(3)
  • Responsible Ethical Leadership
(3)
  • Ethics or Diversity Course
(3)
D. General Education Electives 18
II. Concentration in Human Services 54
A. Core Requirements 30
  • Theoretical Foundation* (i.e. PSY 211 Dev. Psyc)
(9)
  • Intervention* (i.e. PSY 331 Intro Counseling)
(6)
  • Client Populations* (i.e. PSY 350 Abnormal Psyc)
(6)
  • Research (i.e. SOS 492 Research Methods)
(3)
  • Management (i.e. MAN 301 Prin. Of Management)
(6)
B. Professional Track 18
18 credits at the 300-400 level in one area of study such as gerontology, administration, mental health, administration of justice, emergency disaster services  
C. Capstone Course 6
III. Free Electives 6
Total 120

 

*Theoretical Foundation courses include those pertaining to theory, knowledge and skills of the human services profession

*Intervention courses include those which emphasize theory and knowledge bases for interventions and criteria for selection of appropriate interventions

*Client Population courses include those which emphasize the range of populations served and needs addressed by human services professionals.

  • Theoretical Foundation courses include those pertaining to theory, knowledge and skills of the human services profession.
  • Intervention courses include those which emphasize theory and knowledge bases for interventions and criteria for selection of appropriate interventions.
  • Client Population courses include those which emphasize the range of populations served and the needs addressed by human services professionals.

Earning Credit in Your Professional Track:
Some courses in the professional track may be completed with Thomas Edison State College and/or courses from other colleges. Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) and/or examinations may also be used.

Some professional tracks selected by students include:

  • Administration of Justice
  • Child Development Services
  • Community Services
  • Emergency Disaster Services
  • Fitness & Wellness
  • Gerontology
  • Health Services
  • Legal Services
  • Social Services.

Transfer Your Credit

Have you attended college before? If so, you may be able to transfer credits earned at other regionally accredited colleges or universities. The College also offers a variety of other ways to earn credit - all designed around the needs of adult learners, like you.

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