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Human Service Studies Courses

HSS 101 Introduction to Human Service Studies
Introduction to Human Service Studies: This course introduces the historical development of the human service professional and models of service delivery. Topics will include the philosophy, values, concepts, language, problems and broad scope of human services, as well as exposure to various agencies and agency policies. Prerequisite: None. (Offered every term.) 4 hrs.

HSS 200 The Helping Relationship
The Helping Relationship: Connecting with individuals in need requires the use of interpersonal, reflective, and assessing skills. Students will learn theory and apply skills that are facilitative to the helping relationship through both didactic and experiential methods. Prerequisite: HSS 100. (Offered every fall and spring term.) 4 hrs.

HSS 220 Generalist Case Management
Generalist Case Management: Case Management is the "cornerstone of Human Services practice." This course will focus on helping diverse populations negotiate complicated Human Services systems in a variety of settings. Professional writing and speaking is emphasized with students learning about client assessment, consultation, education and advocacy, APA style, professional and research writing and writing for the popular press and professional workshops. Prerequisite: HSS 100 or permission of chair. (Offered every fall and spring term.) 4 hrs.

HSS 250 Social Science Research Methods
Social Science Research Methods: In this course, students will explore how social scientists collect and analyze data and communicate research results. Students will have several opportunities to practice skills foundational to the research process, including developing empirical questions, using computer software to work with quantitative data, and critically reading scientific studies. Central topics include research ethics, sampling, survey design, and applied statistics. Prerequisites: HSS 100, HSS 220 and MAT 131. (Offered every fall and spring term.) 4 hrs.

HSS 300 Leading Groups and Communities
Leading Groups and Communities: This course will concentrate on the basic issues and key concepts of leading psycho-educational groups in human services settings and empowering communities for change. Particular attention will be paid to working with groups of various developmental stages, integration of helping orientations, cultural awareness issues, and working with groups from vulnerable populations. Prerequisite: HSS 100. (Offered every term.) 4 hrs.

HSS 310 Vulnerable Populations
Vulnerable Populations: Students increase their knowledge of client populations and programmatic and services needs in the human services field. Specific populations studied may include elderly, immigrants, domestic violence survivors, inmates, mental health clients, at-risk children, and persons living with HIV/AIDS. These populations differ based on current trends and issues in the field. Prerequisite: HSS 100. (Offered every summer.) 4 hrs.

HSS 320 Play Therapy
Play Therapy: This course provides foundational knowledge for understanding play therapeutically with children under the age of 10. Students will gain understanding about the developmental need for play therapy and play therapy theory. In addition, they will practice play therapy skills for use with the population. Prerequisite: HSS 100. (Offered every spring term.) 4 hrs.

HSS 330 Parenting in Contemporary Society
Parenting in Contemporary Society: Parenting in today's world is particularly complex. This course will provide a systemic overview of the structure and functioning of parent/child interactions. Particular attention will be paid to working with parents of various populations, and providing instruction to parent groups. Prerequisite: HSS 100. (Offered every odd fall term.) 4 hrs.

HSS 340 Families as Systems
Families as Systems: This course focuses on the study of families as interdependent systems, as opposed to individual family members. Particular emphasis will be placed on assessing families as a tool to intervention, and working with families in crisis situation. Prerequisite: HSS 100. (Offered every even fall term.) 4 hrs.

HSS 350 Chemical Dependency
Chemical Dependency: This course provides an introduction to the history of drug addiction and chemical dependency in our society and explores its impact on families and society. Students will explore theories related to the causes of chemical dependency, demonstrate knowledge of treatment models and examine preventative measures. Prerequisite: HSS 100. (Offered every summer term.) 4 hrs.

HSS 360 Independent Study
Independent Study: Independent investigation of a topic through a program of directed readings or research project. Requires prior approval of the supervising professor and the department head. Prerequisites: HSS 100 and HSS 200. (Offered as needed.) 1-4 hrs.

HSS 375 Administration of Non-Profits
Administration of Non-Profits: this course will concentrate on the structure and functioning of human and social services, providing an in depth understanding of the administration of not for profit agencies which provide direct services of advocacy for clients, including organizational development, fundraising, and staff development. The course provides students with an overview of existing resources for nonprofit social service organizations. Special emphasis will be placed on understanding the role of the director and staff as well as the roles of the organization within both the internal community as well as the external community. Prerequisite: HSS 100. (Offered every fall term.) 4 hrs.

HSS 385 Program Evaluations and Outcomes
Program Evaluations and Outcomes: An overview of outcome and performance measurement systems used by nonprofit agencies. Emphasis will be placed on understanding issues related to choosing which needs and outcomes are measured, how they are measured, and how needs assessment outcome information is used for program creation, continuation and funding. Particular attention will be paid to completing evaluations and assessments as a human and community service professional. Prerequisites: HSS 100, HSS 200 and HSS 250. (Offered every spring term.) 4 hrs.

HSS 390 Topics in Human Service Studies
Topics in Human Service Studies: Investigation of a single topic or area of Human Service Studies. The topic may vary from term to term. May be taken more than once with different subtitles. May be repeated for a total of 8 hours. Prerequisites: HSS 100 and HSS 220. (Offered as needed.) 4 hrs. Grant Writing and Development Understanding the grant writing process is a primary need for human service professionals supporting disenfranchised client populations in non-profit and tax-exempt institutions. Students will gain knowledge about the socio-political aspects of seeking funding sources and hone their awareness of the grant writing process by reviewing grant proposals, critiquing grant proposals, and ultimately drafting their own grant proposals. Prerequisite: None. 4 hrs.

HSS 398 Topics: International Preparation
Topics: International Preparation: This course examines international aspects of a selected subject matter in preparation for international experience around the same topic. Open only to students enrolled in the corresponding international experience course. Students must earn a grade of C- or better (an average of 70) in order to participate in HSS 399. The total number of hours for HSS 398 and HSS 399 cannot exceed four total hours. Prerequisite: Junior standing and a 2.0 or better cumulative GPA. 1-4 hrs.

HSS 399 International Experience
International Experience: The international experience component of HSS 398. Students will have the opportunity to experience firsthand many of the topics studied in the prerequisite course. The total number of hours for HSS 398 and HSS 399 cannot exceed four total hours. Prerequisite: completion of HSS 398 with a grade of C- or better (an average of 70). 1-4 hrs.

HSS 400 Ethical and Cultural Issues
Ethical and Cultural Issues: Increasingly sensitivity to ethical and cultural issues faced in the helping relationship is paramount to supporting individuals, groups, and communities. This course will guide students in exploring the cultural continua and improving their ability to reason and dissect related ethical and cultural quandaries. Prerequisites: HSS 100, HSS 200, and HSS 220. (Offered every fall and spring term.) 4 hrs.

HSS 450 Senior Seminar in Human Services
Senior Seminar in Human Services: This is the capstone course of the degree program and requires the integration of major theories and principles from each of the preceding courses so that the student creates a defining perspective of the entire program of study. Prerequisites: HSS 100, HSS 220, HSS 250 and senior standing in the program. (Offered every fall and spring term.) 4 hrs.

HSS 460 Advanced Research Project
Advanced Research Project: This is a joint research project with faculty. At the end of the term, students will present the results of their work. Course may not be repeated for credit in the human service studied major, but may be repeated once as a general elective. Prerequisite: HSS 200, HSS 250, junior or senior standing in the program and permission of the instructor. (Offered as needed.) 2-4 hrs.

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