Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Human Services, B.A., B.S.

This major is designed to provide you with a cross-disciplinary perspective necessary for a beginning  a career or graduate study in the fields of Social Work or Human Services.

Social work practice consists of the professional application of social work values, principles, and techniques to: help people obtain tangible services; provide counseling and psychotherapy with individuals, families, and groups; help communities or groups provide or improve social and health services; and participate in legislative processes. The practice of social work requires knowledge of human development and behavior; of social and economic, and cultural institutions; and of the interaction of all these factors (NASW, 2003). 

Human Services is best characterized as "systems of services and allied occupations and professions that concentrate on improving or maintaining the physical and mental health and general well-being of individuals, groups, or communities in our society. Human Services have been classified into "four service categories: (1) personal services such as counseling, rehabilitation, recreation, religion, (2) protection services such as public health service, courts, law enforcement, consumer protection, fire fighting, (3) information or advising services such as financial counseling, hotlines, libraries, and (4) maintenance services such as child care, unemployment assistance, public welfare, Social Security programs" (Zastrow, 2000). Human Services is distinguishable from Social Work in that it includes other social services (e.g., law enforcement, library services, housing code enforcement) as well as programs traditionally classified as social welfare services. Thus, Human Services is a broader field as it includes social welfare services as one of the many types of social services provided to individuals, groups, organizations, or communities.The plan of study is listed below.



B.A., B.S.  Human Services Requirements
Cr#         Required Introductory Courses  
Credits
PS130
SO100
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
3
3
Cr#         Research Skills Requirements
Credits
PS201
Statistical Methods in the Behavioral Sciences
3
Cr#         Human Services Course Requirements  
Credits
HM200
HM214
HM215
HM317
HM320
HM370
HM371
HM470
HM475
Introduction to Helping Professions
Social Work Theory & Practice
Human Behavior in the Social Environment
Practice with Diverse Populations
Poverty
Interventions with Individuals
Interventions with Families and Groups
Understanding Professional, Public & Personal Ethics
Capstone Internship
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
7-9
Elective (3 credits): 1 course from the following list of options: 
HM316
HM318
HM319
HM321
HM480
SO330
CO330
CO331
CO332
CO343
Social Issues in Health Care
Social Gerontology
Introduction to Child Welfare
Mental Health Services
Advanced Internship
Sociology of Gender
Interpersonal Communication
Relational Communication
Gendered Communications
Communication and Conflict
3
3
3
3
1-6
3
3
3
3
3
 
 
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
 
Millikin University - Decatur, IL