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Adult Undergraduate Human Services Sequence

Sample 3-Year Course Sequence




First Year

MSM Core Class (3)

SOC 307 Social Inequality (3)

EDUC 208 Learning Theory & Human Dev. (3)*

MSM Core Class (3)

Human Services Elective (3)

SOC 202 Conflict Resolution (3)

SOC 100 Found. of Sociology (3)

HS 200 Intro. Human Services (3)* as needed

HS 300 or 400  as needed

MSM Core Class (3) as needed

MSM Core Class (3) as needed

Second Year

MSM Core Class (3)

BUS 334 Intro. to Nonprofit Management (3)

PSYCH 301 Principles of Psychotherapy

MSM Core Class (3)

Human Services Elective (3)

HS 410 Capstone Seminar (3)

MSM Core Class (3)

Human Services Elective (3)

Third Year

Human Services Elective (3) as needed ***

MSM Core Class (3) as needed

Human Services Other or Core Class (3) as needed

* Students will either transfer in SOC 100 or HS 200, or take these at the Mount in the summer before taking upper-level courses.

** Course includes a field placement

*** Especially for those pursuing state license in alcohol and drug.

Major Requirements

BUS 334 Introduction to Nonprofit Management (3)
A survey course designed to introduce students to the nonprofit sector. During this course, we will explore the history and trends of nonprofit organizations in the United States; their relationship to government, business and society; and also discuss the internationalization of the nonprofit community. This course will discuss the unique management issues related to nonprofits, including volunteerism, financial management and the key motivating factor of mission in place of profit. Throughout, the student will learn that nonprofits are held to a higher standard of ethics and in turn can influence society.

EDUC 208 Learning Theory and Human Development (4)
Focuses on the psychological, social, emotional and biological development of individuals from early childhood through the young adult years. Emphasis is placed on the interaction between aspects of human development and the educative process. Field experience is required.

HS 200 Introduction to Human Services (3)
Introduction to Human Services investigates how care is provided for the whole individual through a review of community resources and methodologies. The many roles of the human services professional are explored including communicator, counselor, manager, leader, advocate, and problem solver. The role of faith and the principles of Catholic social teaching are also examined.

HS 300 and 400 Practicum I and II in Human Services (6)
These courses provide work experience in a human services agency so that candidates gain first-hand experience in addressing the needs of clients. In a weekly seminar, candidates discuss experiences from the field as they relate to theory and research. The practicum is supervised. Prerequisites: SOC 100, HS 200

HS 410 Human Services Capstone Seminar
This capstone course extends and synthesizes knowledge and field-based experiences. Through study of advanced topics in human services and research design, students will be provided a foundation with which to review key sociological writings. This study will culminate in a research paper focused on an issue in the human services field.

PSYCH 301 Principles of Psychotherapy (3)
Surveys prominent therapies and underlying theories, basic concepts, treatment strategies and techniques.
Prerequisite: PSYCH 203

SOC 100 Foundations of Sociology (3)
A course designed to place sociology's development as a social science in the evolution of Western thought; it will also cover the elements of social scientific thinking. Major emphasis will be given to the analysis of culture, social structure, socialization, institutions, social inequality and social change.

SOC 202 Introduction to Conflict Resolution (3)
This course will explore theories and conflict resolution methodologies that exist in today's society. Students will explore how they individually handle conflict. Students will also explore the theories, skills, and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) techniques that lead to productive conflict resolution.
This course can be used to satisfy PSY 301 if necessary.

SOC 307 Social Inequality (3)
Prerequisite: SOC 100

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Sample Electives

BUS 307 Business Management and Organization (3)
A study of the principles and processes of management, and the vital role played by the manager in the organization. Practical application includes a semester-long small business case analysis and a field research project.

CJUST 335 Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice (3)
An examination of the unlawful behavior of minors from a variety of perspectives, including historical, psychological, social psychological, cross-cultural and sociological perspectives. Topics include definitions of delinquency, long and short term trends, explanations of delinquent behavior, drug use, gangs, treatment and prevention strategies, and the juvenile justice system.

CJUST 365 Drugs and Crime (3)
An examination of the linkages between drugs (licit and illicit) and crime. Topics include history of drug use in the U.S., drug smuggling and dealing, competing hypotheses regarding the connections between drugs and street crime, and the debate over decriminalization and legalization. Special attention to how social research findings contradict media presentations.

EDUC 303 Behavior Management (3)
Provides teacher candidates with an understanding and repertoire of tools to sustain positive behavior in students and to reinforce good learning strategies in managing a classroom. Teacher candidates will gain practical experience in observing and managing student learning behaviors. Attention will be given to the role of the teacher in classroom management.
Prerequisite: EDUC 210

PSCI 311 Welfare Policy (3)
An exploration of the development and implementation of social welfare policies in the United States at the local, state and national level with an emphasis on the transition from the Aid to Families with Dependent Children program to the Temporary Aid to Needy Families program. Traces these and other social programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid through the entire policy process and evaluates whether they attain the goals they were designed to achieve.

PSYCH 203 Abnormal Psychology (3)
Describes clinical disorders, personality disorders and developmental disorders that characterize abnormal behaviors.
Prerequisite: PSYCH 100

PSYCH 205 Lifespan Development (3)
Introduces human development across the entire lifespan.
Prerequisite: PSYCH 100

PSYCH 208 Social Psychology (3)
Introduces the methods, theories and experimental research on relevant topics, including social perception, attitude formation and change, altruism, aggression, conformity and group interaction.
Prerequisite: PSYCH 100

PSYCH 314 Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3)
Applies psychological principles to work settings in industry and social service organizations. Presents experimental research on interpersonal relations, work motivation, personnel selection and organizational behavior.
Prerequisite: PSYCH 100

PSYCH 365 Drugs and Addictions (3)
Examines the major psychotropic drug categories from multiple psychological perspectives ranging from brain function to social psychology. Investigates basics of drug action as well as implications for society and policy. Student presentations on select topics are encouraged. Prerequisite: PSYCH 100

SOC 200 Sociology of Families (3)
The historical development and transformation of American families is examined. The course analyzes the connections among demographic, economic, political and family trends, and constructs an interpretive framework for understanding the "personal trouble" (or "triumphs" of families within broader historical and institutional contexts. The course also analyzes contemporary "solutions" to family crises.

SOC 210 Sociology of Medicine (3)
This course looks at medicine as both an impressive human achievement and as an arena for conflict and inequality. Topics include: the experience of being ill; the origins and current state of the U.S. health care sector; the training and perspectives of health care providers; the tough decisions that have to be made in the space between technology and human dignity; the meanings of different illnesses; issues of families in health care; and the "medicalization" of society.

SOC 225 Sociology of Death and Dying (3)
This course examines death, dying and bereavement from a variety of perspectives (e.g., historical, cross-cultural and social-psychological), but it emphasizes a sociological perspective on death and dying. Among the topics covered are: the social meaning of death. America as a "death-denying" culture, the dying process, death and the law, hospice, funeral and body disposition, and the grieving process.

SOC 304 Race and Ethnicity (3)
Comparative study of dominant and minority group relations. Focuses on outcomes of social contact among different ethnic, racial, nationality and religious groups, which include conflict, amalgamation, acculturation, assimilation, racial prejudice and racial discrimination.
Prerequisite: SOC 100

SOC 314 Deviant Behavior (3)
A central theme of this course is that deviance plays an integral role in the definition of what is "normal" in human group life. Deviant behavior as an agent of social change as well as a source of social stability will be addressed. Various sociological perspectives will be employed in discussing such topics as delinquency, organized, white-collar and government crime; sexual deviance, and mental illness.
Prerequisite: SOC100

SPED 308 Education of Children with Exceptionalities (3)
Introduces teacher candidates to the academic, behavioral and psychodevelopmental characteristics of children with exceptionalities and to the processes of their identification and remediation. Emphasis on developing adaptive education strategies for children with exceptionalities who are integrated into the regular education setting and children from diverse cultural backgrounds. Field experience is required.
Prerequisite: EDUC 210

THEO 209 Marriage and Family Life
This course treats the history and contemporary theology of marriage within the Catholic tradition, in conversation with historical and social-scientific perspectives on marriage and family in Western society. Readings includes biblical and historical texts, but are centered on contemporary treatments of marriage and family issues, provoking critical reflection on the Catholic tradition and students' own practices. Students will become familiar with the debates surrounding moral norms on sexual issues in the Catholic tradition. Finally, the course pays particular attention to the growing development of theologies of the social and ecclesial vocations of the family, to serve both church and the wider society.

THEO 380 Healing in the Face of Suffering, Sickness and Death (3)
With an interdisciplinary perspective, examines significant historical, liturgical, theological, pastoral, social and psychological dimensions of human suffering, of the care of the sick, the dying and the deceased. Topics will include the stages of dying, grieving, restorative justice, compassion, pastoral care and the liturgical rites used to accompany the sick, the dying and the deceased in their particular circumstances.

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Areas of Concentration

Students must complete 9 credits of related electives in one area of concentration if they wish.


PSYCH 203 Abnormal Psychology

PSYCH 208 Social Psychology

SOC 210 Sociology of Medicine

SOC 304 Race and Ethnicity

SOC 314 Deviant Behavior

THEOL 380 Healing in the Face of Suffering, Sickness and Death

CJUST 365 Drugs and Crime

PSYCH 365 Drugs & Addictions

SOC 200 Sociology of Families

PSYCH 205 Lifespan Development

SOC 210 Sociology of Medicine

SOC 225 Sociology of Death and Dying

SOC 320 Social Gerontology

THEOL 380 Healing in the Face of Suffering, Sickness and Death

PSYCH 450 Lifespan Development

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