Adult Degree Completion: Human Services Track Degree Program
The Human Services Professional Studies track is a degree completion program designed for adult learners seeking careers in state and private agencies, including the following positions:
- Case Managers
- Mental Health Associates
- Mental Health Technicians
- Other entry level positions
Graduates may find employment at:
- Community mental health service agencies
- Departments of child and family services
- Foster care services
- Treatment facilities
- State agencies for children and families
Graduates may consider advanced degrees in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling. Human Services Professional Track graduates will gain competency in
- Critical and creative thinking
- Oral and written communications
- Social intelligence
- Professional job skills
Earning a degree in the Human Service Professional Track provides a competitive advantage in securing a full-time position at a higher salary.
Adult Degree Completion Curriculum
Total Hours: 120
Core Competency: 18 hours
Professional Track: 18 - 20 hours
General Education: 36 hours
University Wellness Requirement: 3 hours
Free Electives: 43 – 45 hours
University ACCT and Exit Requirement: included in Core Competency
University Writing Intensive Requirement: included in Core Competency
Student Success Seminar: waived for students with > 30 hours.
Core Competency Courses (18 hours)
(All students take the core courses)
- CRE 101W – Introduction to Applied Creativity
- EES 250 – Basic Social Intelligence
- EES 300 – Advanced Social Intelligence
- EES 310 – Applied Critical Thinking
- EES 450 – Leaders Without Titles
- GSD 399 – Professional Skill Development
Human Services Professional Track Courses (18 hours)
- HSR 300 - Introduction to Human Service
- HSR 305 - Career Decision-Making
- HSR 400 - Human Development
- HSR 405 - Appalachian Issues in a Multicultural Society
- HSR 410 - Contemporary Issues in Counseling and Human Services
- HSR 415 - Human Services Administration
CRE 101W Introduction to Applied Creativity
(3) A. Prerequisite or Co-requisite ENG 102. An introductory course establishing a foundation in creative thinking through instruction in basic theories and practices. Concentration on basic language and fundamental and powerful concepts in creativity studies.
EES 250 Basic Social Intelligence Skills
(3) I. II. A focus on human relationships and researched based social skills. Students learn to operationalize theories into social intelligence skills and practice initiating, observing, listening, evaluating, and responding in ways that promote positive interactions and relationships. Gen. Ed. Element 1C [OC].
EES 300 Advanced Social Intelligence Skills
(3) I, II. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: EES 250 or departmental approval. This is an advanced course that builds on the core skills presented in Basic Social Intelligence Skills. It provides additional knowledge and skills for successfully engaging in more complex social and professional interactions and relationships.
EES 310 Applied Critical Thinking
(3) A. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing. This course will address the application of critical thinking skills within various fields of study. Students will learn critical thinking skills and how to integrate them into a successful career.
GSD 399 Professional Skill Development
(3) Prerequisites: Junior standing. Will help students recognize and build skills needed for desired career fields. Topics include: job search, resumes, cover letters, interview skills, and making connections between academic experiences and professional goals.
EES 450 Leaders Without Titles
(3) I. II. This course focuses on the personal dimensions that are needed to form the foundation of one’s competencies and abilities to lead self and others.
HSR 300 Introduction to Counseling and Human Services
(3) A. This introductory course will cover the functions, history, ethical standards, theories, basic listening skills, and cultural competencies required for professionals in the field of Human Services.
HSR 305 Introduction to Career Decision-Making
(3) A.Topics will include use of career information, elements of self-awareness, career exploration, decision making, and skill identification, developing personal career interest, values clarification, skill reviews; and job search skills.
HSR 400 Introduction to Human Development
(3) A. This course focuses on human development throughout the lifespan, from birth to death. Students will examine central concepts related to human development as well as continuity and change within the developing individual.
HSR 405 Appalachian Issues in a Multicultural Society
(3) A. This course addresses issues relevant for those who will work in human services and require knowledge of issues relevant to Appalachian recipients of service.
HSR 410 Contemporary Issues in Counseling and Human Services
(3) A. An overview of Counseling and Human Services. Focus is on ethics, practice, current research and topical events related to the Counseling and Human Services professions.
HSR 415 Human Services Administration
(3) A. Includes skills and knowledge involved in effective development and administration of small human services programs and agencies: organizing, setting goals, and estimating needs, recruiting, selecting, orienting, supervising, and evaluating employees; securing and managing financial resources.