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Course Offerings 2017-04-07T14:09:07+00:00

The Bachelor of Professional Studies in Human Services

degree program requires 120 credits. Each semester, students earn 15 credits. Each credit represents 15 semester hours of classwork plus 30 hours of study.

Purpose 1 Purpose 2 Purpose 3 Purpose 4
Constructive Action Self-Assessment and Preparation for Practice Promoting Empowerment through Professional Relationships Promoting Empowerment through Work in Groups Promoting Empowerment through Teaching and Communication
Values & Ethics Contemporary Values & Classical Ethics Critical Thinking & Writing through the Study of Literature Group Values, Norms, and Morality Philosophies and Theories of Learning and Cognitive Development
Self & Others Human Biology and the Life Sciences Social & Developmental Psychology I Social & Developmental Psychology II Philosophies and Theories of Learning and Cognitive Development
Systems Introduction to Social Systems Social, Political, and Economic Aspects of Service Delivery Systems The Sociology of Group Behavior American Government
Skills Computer Applications for Profit & Non-Profit Management / Math for Human Services I Math for Human Services II Statistics for Group Analysis Public Speaking & the Arts of Persuasion
Field Work Practicum Practicum Practicum
Credits 15 15 15 15
Purpose 5 Purpose 6 Purpose 7 Purpose 8
Constructive Action Promoting Empowerment through Counseling Promoting Empowerment through Community Liaison Promoting Empowerment through Supervision Promoting Empowerment through Change Management
Values & Ethics Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling Comparative Philosophies of Communities Political & Economic Philosophy Philosophies of Change and their Impact on Social Policy
Self & Others Models of Counseling Community Psychology Marketing for Non-Profit Organizations The Individual, the Organization, and Social Change
Systems Counseling Systems: Prevention & Technology Social, Political, and Economic Dynamics of Communities Managing Human Resources Social Policy & Planned Change: Processes and Strategies
Skills Professional Skills for Counseling Data Analysis for Understanding Communities Accounting for Non-Profit Organizations Empowerment through the Arts
Field Work Practicum Practicum Practicum
Credits 15 15 15 15
Self-assessment and Preparation for Practice (CON 111 CON) (2 credits)
The Constructive Action for the first semester concentrates on self-assessment and planning for professional development as the cornerstone of the educational process and the 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 the body’s 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 that impact lives, including family, religion, community, education and work.
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Skills A: Computer Applications for Profit and Nonprofit 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.
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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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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 that 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 written skills by learning to analyze sentences, construct effective paragraphs, use narrative 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 lifespan approach to study the bio-psycho-social factors that affect human development and behavior at each lifecycle 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) (2 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 services 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 services position in which they can carry out a Constructive Action and confront the challenges involved in developing productive, professional relationships.
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Promoting Empowerment Through Work in Groups (CON 232 CON) (2 credits)
Students 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 services 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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Promoting Empowerment Through Teaching and Communication (2 credits)
When empowerment is the aim of human service delivery, teaching is an essential part of effective, professional performance. As a basic human services 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 U.S., 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 contemporary America.
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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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Promoting Empowerment Through Counseling (CON 352 CON) (2 credits)
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 services 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 microsystems 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 the growth of empowerment of the individual.
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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 on 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 services 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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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 on 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 coworkers.
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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 interrelationship 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 Nonprofit 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 and selections from literature and the other humanities.
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Skills: Accounting for Nonprofit Organizations (ACC 471 SKI) (2 credits)
Key financial concepts; preparation and presentation of budgets and financial statements; accounting and reporting guidelines; controlling the nonprofit 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 coworkers involved in direct service.
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Promoting Empowerment Through Change Management (CON 483 CON) (2 credits)
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, an 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)(3 Credits)
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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