The community and human services area of study explores the relationship of human beings’ needs and values to social conditions in community living and prepares students for a wide array of helping professions and community service roles.
Through community and human services study, students obtain and enhance values, knowledge and skills necessary to understand and contribute to the development and maintenance of healthy communities, groups and individuals. They analyze, develop, carry out and evaluate methods of prevention and resolution of social and individual problems and barriers.
The objectives of studies in community and human services are to prepare students for:
Study in this area emphasizes the understanding and integration of four essential foundations, each with its own set of unique competencies:
Students should explicitly discuss in their rationale essay how each of these four foundations are incorporated and demonstrated in their degree program. It is not necessary that these foundations appear in specific degree titles.
The potential concentrations are numerous and may be focused or broadly conceptualized, depending upon the student’s specific interests and goals, prior learning and experience, organizing framework and general expectations of recognized helping professions. The organizing framework will typically be professional/vocational; however, problem-oriented, thematic or interdisciplinary frameworks may be appropriate.
Because degrees in community and human services may take many forms, students must support their designs with clear and articulate rationales.
Even in a broadly conceptualized CHS concentration, it is not expected that all of the areas listed previously will be reflected in specific study titles; however, the student should discuss in the degree-program rationale how they have been explored. In more narrowly conceptualized concentrations, students are encouraged to consider and discuss in their degree program rationales whether and/or how the areas listed above may be relevant to their specific concentrations.
Note: Titles are meant to be illustrative, not exhaustive nor comprehensive.
Health Care AdministrationHealth and Human Services Case Management
Advocacy in Human ServicesHuman Service ManagementDisability Studies in Human ServicesStudies in Diversity and Human ServicesEducation and Training in Human ServicesPublic SafetyEconomic Security
Human Resources Personnel Issues for Employee Assistance ProfessionalsManaged Care
Intervention StrategiesAlcohol and Substance AbuseChild and Adolescent DevelopmentCounseling SkillsAdult Development
Social Welfare InstitutionsAgencies, Systems and Organization BehaviorProgram DevelopmentAdministration in Human ServicesCriminal Justice ServicesRehabilitation Services
The Child and Family in SocietyHistory of the FamilyHistory of Social InstitutionsSocial IssuesCriminal JusticeStudies in Social ChangeCommunity StudiesPublic Policy
Revised August 2000