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Human Services Studies Courses

HSS 101 Introduction to Human Service Studies
This course will introduce the student to historical development of the human service professional and the 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. Fall and Spring, every year, day and evening 3 hrs.

HSS 301 Writing for Human Services
This course focuses on the skills and processes of effective writing in the Human Services profession.  Intensive focus will be placed on APA style, writing objective client assessments, professional and research writing and writing for the popular press and professional workshops. Replaces HCSV 374. Prerequisite: HSS 101, ENGL 110 and ENGL 120. Fall, evening only and Spring, day only, every year. 3 hrs.

HSS 306 Research Methods
Introduction to research methods and statistical procedures in social science. Emphasis on mastering fundamental scientific and technological skills associated with literature review, research design, data collection, data analysis, data graphics, data interpretation, and scientific writing. Particular attention to program evaluation is included. Prerequisite: HSS 301 and Math 206. Fall every year, evening. 3 hrs

HSS 306L Research Methods Lab
A laboratory course focused on design, analysis, and reporting of a variety of Social science experiments and program evaluation. Prerequisite: HSS 301 and Math 206. Fall every year, evening. 1 hr.

HSS 318 Working with Individuals in Need
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 101. 3 hrs.

HSS 322 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. Emphasis will be placed on client assessment, consultation, education and advocacy. Prerequisite: HSS 101. 3 hrs.

HSS 330 Leading Psychoeducational Groups
This course will concentrate on the basic issues and key concepts of leading psychoeducational groups in human services settings.  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 101. Fall every year. 3 hrs

HSS 338 Cross-Cultural Issues in HSS
An in-depth look at the variety of cross-cultural issues in the contemporary U.S.  Emphasis will be placed on the cultural continua of interdependence/individuality, rights and responsibilities, family construction, health, tradition/technology and nurturance/independence. Social psychological theories and applications that are relevant to understanding and responding to prejudice and discrimination will be examined. Prerequisite: HSS 101 and HSS 301. Fall every year, evening, 3 hrs.

HSS 342 Ethical Issues in Human Service Studies
An overview of the ethical issues faced in the practice of Human and Community Services in a variety of settings. Emphasis will be placed on creating sensitivity to ethical issues in the profession and to the implications of professional actions.  The course will also focus on improving the students' ability to reason about ethical issues, instilling determination to act in ethical ways, and teaching tolerance of ambiguity in ethical decision making. Prerequisite: HSS 101 and HSS 301. 3 hrs.

HSS 345 Play Therapy
This course provides foundational knowledge for using 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 101. 3 hrs

HSS 351 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 101 and HSS 301. Fall every year, evenings.  3 hrs.

HSS 352 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. Prerequisite: HSS 101 and HSS 301. May be repeated for a total of 6 hours.   3 hrs.

HSS 360 Independent Study in Human Service Studies
Independent investigation of a topic through a program of directed readings or research project. Requires prior approval of the supervising professor and the division chairperson. Prerequisite: HSS 101 and HSS 301. 1-3 hrs.

HSS 370 Program Evaluations and Outcome Measures
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 HCS professional. 3 hours. Prerequisite: HSS 101, HSS 301, HSS 306 and HSS 306L. Spring every year, evening. 3 hrs.

HSS 380 Administration of Non-Profit Agencies
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 or 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 101. Spring every year, evening. 3 hrs.

HSS/PSYC 390 Forgiveness:  Theory, Research and Practice
This course will review theory and empirical research on forgiveness and its interface with social psychology, personality and development, as well as physical, mental, relational, and spiritual health. The role of forgiveness in the major world religions and philosophies will be explored.  Applications of forgiveness in society, therapy, education, prevention, and wellness will be covered.  Prerequisite: HSS 101or PSYC 201. Fall every year, day. 3 hrs.

HSS 400 Senior Seminar in Human Service Studies
This is the capstone course of the program. The course requires the integration of the 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 101, HSS 301, HSS 306 and HSS 306L. Spring every year, evening.  3 hrs.

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