Purpose and Focus
The Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services Counseling provides students with general training in human services and counseling. Drawing from the knowledge base of the social sciences, the program helps students develop a variety of therapeutic, teaching, counseling, supportive, and preventive methods. Students acquire knowledge of the dynamics operating within the individual, family, and larger social systems. The program has an applied emphasis that will enable the graduate to listen therapeutically; problem solve; help implement and support mental health programs; develop social skills programs; and help those who are disadvantaged, impaired, or needing to develop interpersonal skills. Graduates will be able to work in a wide range of settings that involve helping others.
National studies indicate that the human services field is rapidly expanding at the bachelor’s level due to a shortage of master’s and doctorally prepared mental health counselors as well as the need to provide cost-effective services. Undergraduate students will be able to work in a variety of fields, including working as residential counselors, recreation workers, psychiatric and mental health aides and technicians, and working with children with developmental disabilities. Many jobs are in state and local government agencies including clinics, detoxification units, community mental health centers, psychiatric hospitals, day treatment programs, sheltered workshops, and homeless shelters. The undergraduate student will be well prepared to pursue graduate study in several areas including counseling, psychology, social work, and related fields. Our department also offers master’s degree programs in Community Mental Health Counseling, which leads to state licensure as a licensed Clinical Professional Counselor or a School Counseling. The department also offers three advanced graduate certificate programs: Addiction Studies, Mental Health Counseling, and Rehabilitation Counseling.
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Human Services Counseling
Admission to the Major
Minimum GPA: 2.50
Students may declare HSC as a major at any time subsequent to being matriculated. Students are admitted to the program upon completion of a minimum of 60 credits of university core, including PREHSC requirements as outlined under academic policies and have a minimum overall GPA of 2.50. Applications for admission are available at the Department of Counselor Education main office, CEB 237, and at the College of Education Advising Center, CEB 1226.
An overall GPA of 2.75 must be maintained in order to continue as a human services counseling major, or complete a minor. Courses other than CED 117, CED 200, CED 300, and CED 315 must be completed with a C or higher to count toward satisfaction of the degree requirement. Students may declare as a pre HMS major at anytime during their academic career. Students may apply to the Human Services Counseling program upon completion of a minimum of 60 credits of university core plus PREHMS requirements. The PREHMS major consists of CED 117, CED 200, CED 300, and CED 315. These four courses must be completed with a B or better prior for admission into the major. Students must also have a minimum overall GPA of 2.50. Applications for admission are available in the Department of Counselor Education office (CEB 237) and the College of Education Advising Center.
During the senior year, students must complete a two-semester fieldwork placement. The fieldwork coordinator within the Counseling Department must approve this placement. A written contract of duties, hours, and on-site supervisors must be signed prior to beginning fieldwork. The fieldwork instructor determines the student’s grade with input from the fieldwork supervisor. All prerequisites must be completed prior to this placement, and the fieldwork coordinator must grant approval.
Upon acceptance in the college, each student is required to meet with an advisor from the College of Education Advising Center (895-1537). Students should meet with their advisor prior to each semester they are taking classes. The department has developed a schedule when classes will be offered and some may not be offered every year. Meeting with an advisor will ensure the student stays on track and can graduate in a timely manner.