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Catalog

Human Services

Therese Madden, Ed.D.

Program Chair

(650) 508-3601

tmadden@ndnu.edu

 

Students drawn to a degree in Human Services recognize the importance of people working with them, serving them, and meeting their needs in business, nonprofit, and government work. Our students come from a variety of different backgrounds and seek an undergraduate degree that builds upon their past experience to prepare them for future careers in a variety of changing fields, including business, government, counseling and social work, health care, gerontology, community advocacy, law enforcement, and employee relations.

 

Human Services providers look to demographic and public policy trends and see emerging challenges and opportunities for those committed to helping others.  Students learn about providing needed services in various fields and learn to see themselves as leaders who address prevention and educational awareness of social issues and concerns. This understanding and leadership skills make Human Services graduates valuable contributors in nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and corporations, where the broad needs of talented people inspire appropriate investment in human capital.

The undergraduate Human Services degree offers special articulated programs with the Graduate MPA and MBA programs. Articulated programs allow students in their last semester of undergraduate work to study for a Master’s while completing their Bachelor’s degree. Undergraduate students in articulated programs are allowed to enroll in six units of selected graduate classes that fulfill both undergraduate major requirements while also counting toward the Master’s.

 

NDNU’s Accelerated Human Services Degree

Most Human Services classes are offered in a one-night-a-week, seven-week format, allowing students to complete their upper-division classes at an accelerated pace. Students may transfer a maximum of 78 lower-division units from a variety of sources, including, but not limited to, community colleges, universities, advanced placement credit, police academy, and military duty. These lower-division units can fulfill NDNU’s General Education requirements and major prerequisites or be transferred in as electives.

 

NDNU accepts unlimited upper-division units from work previously completed at other colleges and universities. These upper-division units can fulfill General Education requirements and major requirements or be transferred in as electives. NDNU has a residency requirement of 30 units.

 

Learning Outcomes

Through their studies in Human Services at NDNU

  • Students will acquire and demonstrate analytical and problem-solving skills throughout their courses within the Human Services curriculum, most specifically in the Financial Management and Social Research courses.
  • Students will learn to describe, discuss, and analyze current events in American business with attention to the global, social, and ethical dimensions of events in their courses within the Human Services curriculum, most specifically in courses such as Human Services, Managing Cultural Diversity, Professional Ethics and Social Responsibility, and Conflict Management.
  • Students will acquire the communication, research, and technological skills needed to analyze a business situation or a social research situation (problem and/or opportunity) and prepare and present a management report in, for example, the Social Research and Communication skills course.
  • Students will engage in at least one service learning experience (i.e., Senior Seminar) to demonstrate relevancy of foundational and theoretical knowledge of their academic major and to gain career related experiences as well as affording them an opportunity to engage in community outreach.
  • Students will develop critical thinking abilities and a foundation of ethical principles that allows them to work effectively, respectfully, ethically, and professionally with people of diverse ethnic, cultural, gender, and other backgrounds in such courses as Professional Ethics and Social Responsibility.

 

Bachelor of Science in Human Services

In addition to major requirements, students must meet General Education Requirements and General Degree Requirements.

 

Prerequisites                                                                                                            Units

PSY1001                     Introduction to Psychology*                                                    3

SOC1001                     Introduction to Sociology*                                                      3

*Credit may be earned from accredited colleges or through CLEP tests. In community colleges, these courses are often titled General Psychology and General Sociology.

 

Total Prerequisites                                                                                                  6

 

Major Requirements                                                                                               Units   

BUS2010                     Professional Ethics and Social Responsibility                          3

HSP2201                     Community Leadership Practicum*                                         0.5

HSP2203                     Communication Skills                                                              3

One of the following upper-division writing courses:                                                  3

BUS2006                  Contemporary Professional Writing

ENG2108                Advanced Writing

HSP2206                  Professional Writing

HSP2233                  Grant Writing***

HSP2209                     Human Services                                                                       3

HSP2212                     Financial Management                                                             3

HSP2218                     Social Research Methods                                                         3

HSP2221                     Human Services Senior Seminar                                              3

HSP2224                     Professional Development**                                                   0.5

 

*Taken at the beginning of Major Study

**Taken at the end of Major Study
***HSP2233 may be applied to either the Human Services major or to the Counseling Concentration, but not both.

 

Concentration Requirements                                                                                       9

 

Total Major Requirements                                                                                     31

Other Degree Requirements* and General Electives                                                   87

*Other degree requirements include General Education Requirements and General Degree Requirements (e.g., U.S. History).

 

Total Unit Requirement                                                                                         124

 

Note: A total of 124 semester units is required for the bachelor's degree. These must include a minimum of 46 units in upper-division courses. Students may transfer in up to 78 lower-division units.

 

Areas of Concentration

Students will select one specialized area of courses as their concentration. Additional concentrations can be obtained by completing 9 discrete upper-division units of electives from courses in the major. Concentration(s) available for selection are:

 

Human Services Administration                                                                           Units

Three courses chosen from the following:                                                                   9

BUS2000                     Management Principles and Organizational Behavior

BUS2016                     Change and Conflict Management: Theory and Practice (CDiv)

BUS2040                     Women in Management (CDiv)

BUS2300                     Marketing Principles

HSP2227                     Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations

HSP2230                     Personal Financial Planning
HSP2236                     Creativity and Work
HSP2239                     Human Relations in Organizations
HSP2248                     Managing Cultural Diversity (CDiv)

HSP2251                     Managing Employee Assistance Programs

HSP2254                     Stress in the Workplace

HSP2257                     Women's Health Issues

HSP2290                     Internship (3-6)

 

Human Services Counseling                                                                                  Units

Three courses chosen from the following:                                                                   9

HSP2230                     Personal Financial Planning

HSP2233                     Grant Writing***

HSP2242                     Human Services Counseling Skills

HSP2248                     Managing Cultural Diversity (CDiv)

HSP2251                     Managing Employee Assistance Programs

HSP2254                     Stress in the Workplace

HSP2257                     Women's Health Issues

HSP2263                     Development across the Lifespan

HSP2290                     Internship (3-6)

 

***HSP2233 may be applied to either the Human Services major or to the Counseling Concentration, but not both.

 

Human Services Gerontology                                                                                Units

Three courses chosen from the following:                                                                   9

HSP2242                     Human Services Counseling Skills
HSP2248                     Managing Cultural Diversity (CDiv)

HSP2257                     Women's Health Issues

HSP2260                     Introduction to Gerontology

HSP2263                     Development across the Lifespan

HSP2283                     Gerontology Practicum

 

Minor in Human Services

Only students admitted to an Accelerated Evening Degree Program may minor in Human Services. Courses for the minor must be approved by the Program Director.

Minor Requirements                                                                                               Units
HSP2209                     Human Services                                                                      3

HSP2218                     Social Research Methods                                                         3

Plus two courses from the following:                                                                          6

HSP2227                     Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations
HSP2230                     Personal Financial Planning

HSP2233                     Grant Writing

HSP2236                     Creativity and Work

HSP2239                     Human Relations in Organizations

HSP2242                     Human Services Counseling Skills

HSP2248                     Managing Cultural Diversity (CDiv)

HSP2251                     Managing Employee Assistance Programs

HSP2254                     Stress in the Workplace

HSP2257                     Women's Health Issues

HSP2260                     Introduction to Gerontology

HSP2263                     Development across the Lifespan

HSP2283                     Gerontology Practicum

HSP2290                     Internship (3-6)

 

Total Minor Requirements                                                                                    12