BRAND NEW for Fall of 2017!
The Human Services major and minor will prepare students to address the needs of a variety of diverse communities, groups, families and individuals in our society. The Human Services major will target skills needed to engage in service to others.
Students will analyze social forces, policies, and human service delivery systems both at the micro and macro levels. Students will gain knowledge in the area of crisis assessment and intervention, counseling strategies, program evaluation and grant writing. Students also will gain an understanding of the linkages between theory and research and their application to analysis and policy development. Finally, students will gain practical skills and knowledge from community agency placements through their required field experience, and conclude the program with an emphasis in ethical standards of professional behavior.
Students completing the Human Services major will be able to:
- Apply human services theories to concrete situations;
- Formulate ethical responses to professional situations; and
- Critique how issues of power and inequalities in the U.S. impact social relationships between groups.
The Human Services major is 44 credits (11 courses), while the Human Services minor is 20 credits (5 courses).
Click here for a quick look at the majors and minors offered in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice: Major and Minor Requirements.
Required Major Courses (44 credits)
HSV 101: Introduction to Human Services 4cr.
SCJ 340: Race and Ethnic Relations OR SOC 215: Sociology of Gender and Sexuality 4cr.
- SCJ 340: Race and Ethnic Relations - This course explores the dynamics and results of inter-group relations. Prejudice and discrimination are examined in both historical and international perspective. Among the concrete topics discussed are affirmative action, multiculturalism, institutional discrimination, and the interrelationship of sex, class, and ethnicity. Offered every semester. (DIVRSTY) OR
- SOC 215: Sociology of Gender and Sexuality - The goal of this course is to engage in a sociological investigation of sex, gender, and sexuality. This class is designed to allow students to begin to think critically about sex, gender, and sexuality and the social issues that shape and are shaped by these identities. The primary objectives for this course are: 1) to provide an introduction to concepts of sex, gender, and sexuality; 2) consider how socialization and our individual standpoints shape our ideas about sex, gender, and sexuality; and 3) acquire an understanding of the diversity and complexity of sex, gender, and sexuality in our society. Offered every other spring. (DIVRSTY)
HSV 250: Grant Writing 4cr.
HSV 301: Counseling Strategies 4cr.
SCJ 341: Crisis Intervention 4cr.
HSV 342: Human Behavior in the Social Environment 4cr.
HSV 343: Social Welfare Policy 4cr.
HSV 348: Field Experience in Human Services 4cr.
SCJ 352: Standards of Professional Behavior 4cr.
Elective options include:
- SOC 101: Intro to Sociology (CE)
- SOC 204: Modern Social Problems
- SOC 211: Sociology of the Family
- SOC 311: Women: The Struggle for Equality (DP)
- SOC 321: Methods of Social Research (IL)
- ANTHRO 210: Cultural Anthropology (WC)
- ANTHRO 310: Indians of the Americas
NOTE: One course (4 credits) can be from a related area outside of the department, with departmental approval.
We are so excited to be offering the human services major for our continuing and graduate students. This major will prepare students to address the needs of a variety of diverse communities, groups, families and individuals in our society through an interdisciplinary knowledge base. Students will develop skills in working one-on-one with marginalized people in the area of crisis or long term human service needs. Additionally students will gain knowledge in the area of human service agency grant writing and program evaluation. The Simpson College human services major provides a strong focus on diversity, social justice and ethics which are all critical to developing quality human service workers. Graduates of the program will be ready for entry level jobs in the human service field or enter the Master's level of study.
Dr. Carolyn Dallinger, Chair Sociology and Criminal Justice Department