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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
Total Prerequisites     6

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

 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
Total Unit Requirement     124

Other Degree Requirements* and General Electives                                                  87
*Other degree requirements include General Education Requirements and General Degree Requirements (e.g., U.S. History).

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