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The Bachelor of Professional Studies in Human Services

Course Offerings

The program focuses on 8 essential Purposes:

The complete degree program requires 120 credits. Each semester students earn 15 credits. Each credit represents either 15 semester hours of class work plus 30 hours of study.

Bachelor of Professional Studies in Human Services Course Offerings

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4 Semester 5 Semester 6 Semester 7 Semester 8
Constructive Action and Purpose Dimension Self-Assessment and Preparation for Practice
(4 credits)
Promoting Empowerment through Professional Relationships
(4 credits)
Promoting Empowerment through Work in Groups
(4 credits)
Promoting Empowerment through Teaching and Communication
(4 credits)
Promoting Empowerment through Counseling
(4 credits)
Promoting Empowerment through Community Liaison
(4 credits)
Promoting Empowerment through Supervision
(4 credits)
Promoting Empowerment through Change Management
(4 credits)
Values & Ethics Dimension Contemporary Values & Classical Ethics
(3 credits)
Critical Thinking & Writing through the Study of Literature
(3 credits)
Group Values, Norms, and Morality
(2 credits)
Developmental & Comparative Study of Educational Philosophies
(2 credits)
Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling
(2 credits)
Comparative Philosophies of Communities
(2 credits)
Political & Economic Philosophy
(3 credits)
Philosophies of Change and their Impact on Social Policy
(2 credits)
Self & Others Dimension Human Biology and the Life Sciences
(3 credits)
Social & Developmental Psychology I
(3 credits)
Social & Developmental Psychology II
(3 credits)
Theories of Learning & Cognitive Development
(2 credits)
Models of Counseling
(2 credits)
Community Psychology
(2 credits)
Marketing for Non-Profit Organizations
(2 credits)
The Individual, the Organization, and Social Change
(2 credits)
Systems Dimensions Introduction to Social Systems
(2 credits)
Social, Political, and Economic Aspects of Service Delivery Systems
(2 credits)
The Sociology of Group Behavior
(2 credits)
American Government
(3 credits)
Counseling Systems: Economic, Political and Technological Perspectives
(3 credits)
Social, Political, and Economic Dynamics of Communities
(2 credits)
Managing Human Resources
(2 credits)
Social Policy & Planned Change: Processes and Strategies
(2 credits)
Skills

Computer Applications for Profit & Non-Profit Management
(3 credits)

Math for Human Services II
(2 credits)
Statistics for Group Analysis
(2 credits)
Statistics for Teaching & Communication
(2 credits)
Professional Skills for Counseling
(2 credits)
Empowerment through the Arts
(3 credits)
Accounting for Non-Profit Organizations
(2 credits)
Public Speaking & the Arts of Persuasion
(3 credits)
Math for Human Services I
(0 credit)
Field Work   Practicum
(1 credit)
Practicum
(2 credits)
Practicum
(2 credits)
Practicum
(2 credits)
Practicum
(2 credits)
Practicum
(2 credits)
Practicum
(2 credits)
Credits 15 credits 15 credits 15 credits 15 credits 15 credits 15 credits 15 credits 15 credits

Semester 1

Self Assessment and Preparation for Practice (CON 111 CON) (2 credits)
Becoming a professional requires a commitment to life-long learning. The Constructive Action for the first semester concentrates on self assessment and planning for professional development as the cornerstone of the educational process and a first step in every professional relationship. A key concept, empowerment, is explored in practice, as students learn to assess and expand their own empowerment as learners and professionals.
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Purpose: Clinical Seminar: Introduction to the Constructive Action (SEM 111 PUR) (2 credits)
Integration of theory from other Dimension seminars into the Constructive Action and its documentation; clarification of professional goals, documentation and assessment; critical thinking and analysis.
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Values and Ethics: Contemporary Values and Classical Ethics (ETH CC 120) (3 credits)
Introduction to values including definition, sources, relation to social rules, clarification, conflicts and their resolution; empowerment and its roots in history; illustrations from literature and the other humanities.
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Self and Others: Human Biology and the Life Sciences (BIO CC 180) (3 credits)
This course presents human biology as a life science and covers health issues. Students learn how systems fail and what kinds of medical interventions can be successful. Current issues in the life sciences, including common human diseases, genetic engineering, stem cell research and the impact of humans on the planet's ecosystems are explored.
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Systems: Introduction to Social Systems (SOC 111 SYS) (2 credits)
Major social systems which impact on lives, including family, religion, community, education, and work.
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Skills A: Computer Applications for Profit and Non-Profit Management (MIS CC 130) (3 credits)
An introduction to Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. Students are encouraged at the end of the course to seek Microsoft Office User Specialist (MOUS) certification. Students also become familiar with the use of the Internet for research.
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Skills B: Mathematics for Human Services I (MTH 111 SKI) (0 credits)
Mathematical reasoning and problem solving as a contribution to such professional capabilities as observing and assessing individuals and systems, presenting observations and assessments in quantitative form, and interpreting others' presentations.
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Semester 2

Promoting Empowerment through Professional Relationships (CON 121 CON) (2 credits)
In their second semester, students explore the factors that need to be considered as they work to build relationships which promote citizen and organizational empowerment. They will learn to analyze professional relationships within the context of the organization as a bureaucracy, and to identify and compare the diagnostic descriptions of the citizen provided by the citizen, by other participants in the service situation, and in the literature.
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Purpose: Clinical Seminar (SEM 122 PUR) (2 credits)
Integration of theory from other Dimension seminars into the Constructive Action and its documentation; analytical and communication skills. Students demonstrate, in the Constructive Actions performed in the field and simultaneously documented, how they have established professional relationships in order to provide and/or improve services to one or more citizens.
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Values & Ethics: Critical Thinking and Writing Through the Study of Literature (ENG CC 110) (3 credits)
This course uses the framework of Purpose-Centered Education to help you develop critical thinking and writing skills. You will develop these skills by learning to critically analyze sentences, to construct effective paragraphs, to use narrative (story telling) and argumentation as styles of writing and by learning to apply the MCNY Dimensional Analysis to works of literature.
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Self and Others: Social and Developmental Psychology I (PSY 121 SEL) (3 credits)
This course uses a life span approach to study the bio-psycho-social factors that affect human development and behavior at each life cycle stage (childhood, adolescence, adulthood and aging) to understand the resultant behavior and development from an ecological, strengths perspective.
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Systems: Social, Political and Economic Aspects of Service Delivery Systems (PSC 121 SYS) (3 credits)
Emphasis on the characteristics of bureaucracies in Human Services.
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Skills: Math for Human Services II (MTH 122 SKI) (2 credits)
Application of Mathematics to life; the Human Service workplace; emphasizes cooperative learning in collaborative exercises; inclusion of real data; graphing technology.
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Practicum (FLD 121 FLD) (1 credit)
All students are expected to be in a paid or volunteer human service position in which they can carry out a Constructive Action and confront the challenges involved in developing productive, professional relationships.
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Semester 3

Promoting Empowerment Through Work in Groups (CON 232 CON) (2 credits)
In this semester, student-practitioners will learn and apply concepts and skills that can be applied to work with families, learning groups in organizations, as well as service teams and other staff groups. They will study the ethical issues involved in group membership and non-membership, including issues of power, responsibility and integrity. They will study theory from sociology and social psychology relating to group behavior, concentrating on the role of family and other primary groups in the socialization process.
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Purpose: Clinical Seminar (SEM 232) (2 credits)
Integration of theory from other Dimension seminars into the Constructive Action and its documentation; analytical and communication skills.  For their Constructive Actions and documentations, students must identify a specific group to work with as human service practitioners. They will demonstrate the growing empowerment of individual members and of the group as a whole through their work together.
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Values and Ethics: Group Values, Norms, and Morality (PSY 231 VAL) (2 credits)
The social context for the formation of values and norms; stages of attachment and independence in groups; illustrations from literature and the other humanities.
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Self and Others: Social and Developmental Psychology II (PSY 231 SEL) (3 credits)
Interdisciplinary study of models of group interaction; comparison, evaluation and application of models; the influence of family and other primary groups; illustrations from literature and the other humanities.
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Systems: The Sociology of Group Behavior (SOC 231 SYS) (2 credits)
Ethnic and racial relations from an American and global perspective; intergroup conflict; racism and discrimination.
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Skills: Statistics for Group Analysis (MTH 231 SKI) (2 credits)
Introduction to statistical reasoning; collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data related to groups, public health, distribution of income, and census studies.
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Practicum (FLD 232 FLD) (2 credits)
At their field site and under supervision, students will be expected to lead a group, and to carry out a Constructive Action demonstrating growth of empowerment through the group.
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Semester 4

Promoting Empowerment Through Teaching and Communication
When empowerment is the aim of human service delivery, teaching is an essential part of effective, professional performance. As a basic human service function, teaching plays a part in every work and organizational relationship .
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Purpose: Clinical Seminar (CON 240 CON) (2 credits)
Integration of theory from other Dimension seminars into the Constructive Action and its documentation; analytical and communication skills. In each Constructive Action and documentation, the student must show that through teaching and communication, he/she has tried to increase empowerment for two or more citizens.
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Values and Ethics: Developmental and Comparative Study of Educational Philosophies (HIS 241 VAL) (2 credits)
Topics include the function of education, methods and special issues; examples from literature and the other humanities.
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Self and Others: Theories of Learning and Cognitive Development (PSY 242 SEL) (2 credits)
Genetic, developmental, and cultural factors that affect learning; comparison of traditional and nontraditional models; practical applications.
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Systems: American Government (GOV CC 150) (3 credits)
An analysis of current political systems with emphasis on the United States, including decision making under different ideologies, and how individual interests become positive or negative forces for group decisions, at local, national, and international levels. This course explores the structure and dynamics of American national government, providing a broad-based introduction to the ideas and institutions that shape politics in the contemporary United States.
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Skills: Using Introductory Statistics for Teaching and Communication (MTH 241 SKI) (2 credits)
Solve statistical problems and evaluate data from the Constructive Action by applying appropriate statistical concepts and methods.
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Practicum (FLD 242 FLD) (2 credits)
In their work or internship site, each student will be expected to identify a situation where they can work under supervision to promote the empowerment of two or more people by functioning as teacher and/or communicator.
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Semester 5

Promoting Empowerment Through Counseling (CON 352 CON) (2 credits)
Professionals must be prepared to meet people where they are to help them move forward toward greater self-direction by exploring and realistically assessing their feelings, needs, and abilities as the basis for making choices. This area of performance requires an especially trusting and thoughtful relationship. Topics will include various theoretical definitions and cultural interpretations of the basic human needs, conditions that frustrate these needs, ways of coping with frustration and deprivation, comparative study of major descriptions and etiological explanations of normal and abnormal behavior, the associated helping techniques, and the underlying assumptions about human nature.
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Purpose: Clinical Seminar (CON 350 CON) (2 credits)
Integration of theory from other Dimension seminars into the Constructive Action and its documentation; analytical and communication skills. For their Constructive Actions and documentations, students must identify a specific client to work with as human service practitioners. They will demonstrate the growing empowerment of the individual by helping him/her to achieve greater self-direction and freedom of choice.
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Values and Ethics: Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling (LAW 351 VAL) (2 credits)
Legal and ethical issues involved in counseling; i.e. confidentiality, malpractice, etc.; professional codes of ethics.
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Self and Others: Models of Counseling (PSY 351 SEL) (2 credits)
An overview of major theories of counseling, including psychoanalytic, cognitive-behavioral, and existential models. Illustrations from the humanities and literature.
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Systems: Counseling Systems: Economic, Political, and Technological Perspectives PSC 351 SYS) (3 credits)
Macro and Micro systems inherent in the contemporary counseling process
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Skills: Professional Skills for Counseling (PSY 351 SKI) (2 credits)
Interviewing styles; assessment methods; interpretation of data; stages of the counseling relationship.
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Practicum (FLD 352 FLD) (2 credits)
At their field site and under supervision, students will be expected to lead a group, and to carry out a Constructive Action demonstrating growth of empowerment of the individual.
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Semester 6

Promoting Empowerment Through Community Liaison (CON 362 CON) (2 credits)
This semester introduces the student to working with communities as an indispensable area of professional activity. The community is considered both as the constituency seeking service and as a source of service for its members. Students examine the role of communities as political, economic, social, and cultural forces in various societies, and the implications for the rights and duties of citizens. Communities as a formative influence in human growth and development are emphasized.
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Purpose: Clinical Seminar (SEM 362 PUR) (2 credits)
Integration of theory from other Dimension seminars into the Constructive Action and its documentation; analytical and communication skills. Students will be expected to carry out a Constructive Action in which they serve as a bridge between the needs and concerns of one or more communities and the diverse resources provided by organizations. In this way, they will help individuals and/or groups to become more empowered as members of a community. A community survey is an integral part of the semester's work.
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Values and Ethics: Comparative Philosophies of Communities (PSC 361 VAL) (2 credits)
Comparative political, social, legal, and economic philosophies, including differing views on mutual obligations of individuals and their political and economic sources; the ethic of individualism versus the ethic of community; community issues in human service practice; selections from literature and the other humanities.
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Self and Others: Community Psychology (SOC 361 SEL) (2 credits)
Problems and issues in community relations; psychological bases of community; approaches to understanding the characteristics of community members; selections from literature and the other humanities.
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Systems: Social, Political and Economic Dynamics of Communities (PSC 361 SYS) (2 credits)
Communities as social systems; the impact of federal, state, and local politics; economic and cultural differences; how consensus is achieved.
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Skills: Empowerment Through the Arts (ART CC 170) (3 credits)
Mass media, information channels, media culture, values inherent in the structure and content of new technologies, and the influence of information systems on organizational, social, and private behavior; how these factors must be considered when undertaking new business projects and ventures.
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Practicum (FLD 362 FLD) (2 credits)
In their work or internship, students will be expected to act, under supervision, as liaison between a community and one or more organizations, or between agencies serving the same community, and carry out a related Constructive Action to achieve the Purpose.
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Semester 7

Promoting Empowerment Through Supervision (CON 472 CON) (2 credits)
This semester introduces students to the theory and techniques that promote empowerment through effective supervision. In service organizations, supervision has the special meaning of assuming responsibility for enabling other employees, through teaching, counseling, and administrative support, to make the best use of their abilities in behalf of the citizens they serve, and the organization in which they are employed.
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Purpose: Clinical Seminar (SEM 472 PUR) (2 credits)
Integration of theory from other Dimension seminars into the Constructive Action and its documentation; analytical and communication skills. Students are expected to carry out a Constructive Action that focuses on promoting the empowerment of citizens through more effective supervision of co-workers.
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Values and Ethics: Political & Economic Philosophy   (PSC CC 140) (3 credits)
The ideas and values that serve as the foundation of our political system; how our system differs from others; the inter-relationship between business and government; major political theories regarding the nature of authority, standards of justice, the ideal of liberty and its limitations, conceptions of a just and good society, and the best form of government.
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Self and Others:  Marketing for Non-Profit Organizations (MKT 471 SEL) (2 credits)
Communication, preparing press releases, news and feature articles, effective media strategies.
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Systems: Managing Human Resources (SOC 471 SYS) (2 credits)
Issues of control and compliance; self concept; motivation theory; selections from literature and the other humanities.
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Skills: Accounting for Non-Profit Organizations (ACC 471 SKI) (2 credits)
Key financial concepts; preparation and presentation of budgets and financial statements; accounting and reporting guidelines; controlling the non-profit organization; tax and compliance reporting requirements; bookkeeping.
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Practicum (FLD 472 FLD) (2 credits)
In their work or internship site, students will work under supervision and carry out a Constructive Action that provides supervisory support for co-workers involved in direct service.
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Semester 8

Promoting Empowerment through Change Management (CON 483 CON) (2 credits)
This semester serves in a sense as a summation of the entire program of studies. While all previous Purposes have carried the implication of change, this Purpose focuses on the specific issues, practical problems, and methodologies involved in a concentrated effort to bring about constructive change that would improve services.
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Purpose: Clinical Seminar (SEM 483 PUR) (2 credits)
Integration of theory from other Dimension seminars into the Constructive Action and its documentation; analytical and communication skills. In their final Constructive Action, students will research, design, and attempt to put into action a significant service change. This includes identifying the support systems and resources needed to plan, gain approval for, and implement the change.
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Values and Ethics: Philosophies of Change and their Impact on Social Policy (PSC 481 VAL) (2 credits)
Concepts of freedom and determinism, a historical perspective; economic development as an aspect of change; public policy as a strategy for social and economic change; selections from literature and the other humanities.
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Self and Others: The Individual, the Organization, and Social Change (SOC 481 SEL) (2 credits)
Strategies for evaluating the impact of change on individuals and groups; theories of risk taking; predicting the results of specific response to change; selections from literature and the other humanities.
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Systems: Social Policy and Planned Change: Processes and Strategies (MGT 482 SYS) (2 credits)
Political views of change and their relation to class and power; links between political, economic, and social change at macro and micro levels.
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Skills: Public Speaking and the Art of Persuasion (SPE CC 160) (2 credits)
Public speaking is an essential skill of leadership. Students are introduced to the tradition of public speaking and persuasion techniques. Through readings and other activities, students improve public speaking and critical thinking skills. This course emphasizes analysis, reasoning, organization, and presentation of evidence.
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Practicum (FLD 483 FLD) (2 credits)
Students will be expected to draw from prior semesters to plan and activate, through their supervised organizational work and Constructive Actions, a service change. They must demonstrate that this service change is expected to make a significant and lasting contribution to organizational improvement and citizen empowerment.
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