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Through the curriculum’s blending of theory and practice, students study how to critically explore the public and private policies that drive the day-to-day operations of human service agencies in this country and how they can best intervene on behalf of the clients they will serve. This program adheres to the curriculum standards of the Council of Standards in Human Service Education.*
The program is designed to help you:
At this time, students who reside in one of the following states may not enroll in the online Master of Science in Human Services program: Delaware and Kentucky.
The Bachelor of Science in Human Services program is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue a rewarding career in a wide variety of helping professions.† Students are taught to develop their talents, assess clients’ needs, identify community resources, and problem solve and advocate for their client—all with the goal of making a difference in the lives of those unable to help themselves. Bachelor’s degree students will also study how to provide interventions and develop intervention strategies that guide this population to success.
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The Bachelor of Science in Human Services program is designed to prepare graduates with a broad understanding and the practical skills needed to make a positive impact on people’s lives in many areas of human services including mental health, social services, education, rehabilitation, group and community work, nursing homes, court systems, and public policy. Positions may include, but are not limited to, case manager, human services administrator, adult services worker, child welfare worker, program officer, and elderly services provider.†
The Bachelor of Science in Human Services program offers three concentrations. Focus on an area of interest that best suits your career goals.
Interested in continuing on to pursue a graduate degree? Our flexible degree pathways allow you to work toward any of the following Kaplan University master’s degrees while you earn your bachelor’s degree:
Complete both your bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in less time and at a lower cost than completing both programs separately. Speak to an Education Advisor for more details upon enrollment in this bachelor’s degree program.
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Building on your existing writing strengths will help develop a foundation for a successful education and career. You will learn strategies to express yourself with confidence and communicate your ideas effectively in personal, academic, and professional situations.
Total Program Credits: 180
This course helps students apply research and critical thinking skills to develop effective arguments. Students will create professional writings, incorporating post-draft revision strategies and working constructively with colleagues.
course introduces students to multidisciplinary techniques and concepts
pertinent to lifelong career development and professionalism. Students explore
career planning as a strategy and professionalism as a method in order to
pursue employment interests and career goals. Concepts include various professional
communication skills appropriate for the global workplace, interpersonal relationship
management, professional behavior, financial decision making, marketability,
and using proper technologies to manage professional identities.
The purpose of this introductory-level
American government course is to provide students with crucial
knowledge about how government works and about how they, as
individual citizens, fit within that system. Focus is on the
rights and obligations of citizens under the democratic political
system established under the U.S. Constitution; the branches and
levels of government; and the role of the media. This fundamental
knowledge combined with critical thinking skills will be valuable
personally and professionally.
Any college composition course
This course will take an in-depth look at the 1960s as a significant era in American history. Adopting multiple perspectives, we will explore the societal impact of such issues as the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Vietnam War, the Countercultural, Civil Rights, and Feminist Movements, the advent of the birth control pill, and many others. Through exploring the music, political climate, and advancements in technology and medicine of this historical era, we will discover how our individual lives and society as a whole were forever changed.
This is a social science survey course that will examine science and technology from a variety of social science disciplines including sociology, psychology, history, political science, anthropology, and economics. The use of science and technology has been a driving force behind all of human history, and even more so today. This course will take an interactive approach to study the relationship between humanity and technology throughout time and across the globe.
This course is designed to introduce students to some of the most important concepts in science including inheritance, energy, randomness, and measurement. In addition, the course will give studentsa chance to explore the human aspects of science: how people put science into practice, how societies think about scientific findings, and why science depends on ethical practices. Knowledge gained in the course will help inform further study in many disciplines and will help students better understand how science affects their personal and professional lives.
Fundamentals of Microbiology will review basic microbial cell structure, function, and genetics. The role of microorganisms and their effect on humans and the environment will also be explained. Aspects of medical and public health will be emphasized, as will bacterial and viral diseases, parasites, immunology, and epidemiology. Course material and labs are directly relevant to studies in health sciences, biological sciences, nursing, and genetics.
In this introduction to biology, students will
explore the living world of humans. The course emphasizes the
processes of life from the molecular work of genes and proteins
to human organ systems, all the way up to food webs and
overpopulation. Practical applications of biology in everyday
life are stressed throughout the course. No prior study of
biology is required to enroll in this nonmajors
Science for Everyday Life is designed to help students recognize the importance of science as it impacts their daily lives in so many different ways. In this course, students will explore different rooms within a typical home and discover what role science plays as they investigate areas such as their kitchen and bathroom, the garden, and even the impact science has on their families and pets. The knowledge gained in this course will help garner a new appreciation for the science applications already around us and how to interpret the strengths and weaknesses of information streaming in from various sources.
In this course, students will explore the impact of creative expression on cultures from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. By studying examples from the arts and humanities, students investigate how humans have the potential to shape history. Students develop skills to evaluate and analyze forms of creative expression, and discover how to apply these skills to their career goals, community, and daily experience.
In this course, students develop sound ethical
reasoning and judgment through the study of practical
applications of ethical theories. Topics studied include ethics
as it relates to business, health care, society, and the
environment. Emphasis is on practical applications of ethical
principles and analytical methods.
In this course you will be introduced to the humanities through a survey of human social and cultural life in a global setting. By investigating the social, artistic, religious, and economic developments of countries throughout the world, you will better understand each country’s cultural identity as well as begin to appreciate cultural continuity and change as defining characteristics of the human experience.
This course covers topics of algebra including linear functions, equations, and inequalities, systems of equations with two variables, polynomial functions, rational and radical equations and inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions, ratios, proportions, variation, and graphing.
Students will improve their background in mathematical concepts and skills utilizing real-world scenarios to solve math problems. Students will also enhance their own knowledge by demonstrating the ability to explain and interpret concepts, which is a valued skill in many fields. The topics may include sets, variables, measurement, and statistics.
This course introduces students to the
principles of interpersonal communication and emphasizes how to
be a more effective communicator in professional and personal
situations. Emphasis is on interpersonal communication in varying
contexts, focusing on professional communication as well as
personal, social, and cultural dimensions. Topics include the
communication process, the influence of perception on
communication, verbal and nonverbal elements of interaction,
listening, the communication of emotions, conflict management,
and effective communication strategies.
Any College Composition I course
Total Program Credits: 180
The course introduces students to the human services field and the Kaplan University human services degree programs. The field of study, skill sets, and the various human service agencies and diverse populations encountered in the field will be discussed. Students will research the human services degree and course offerings along with their professional and personal goals in order to map out their specific degree plan and career goals.
Working as a human service professional demands an understanding of the differences and similarities in human behavior. This course will focus on the basic systems or influences that help to define, identity, and explain behavior. Students will examine how family structures, institutions, organizations, and communities contribute to the complex issues facing diverse populations in the twenty-first century. Students will examine ways to incorporate these theories to help them develop practical intervention skills.
The course exposes students to a broad array of social problems that affect the lives of many Americans. Students will gain insight and tools to analyze social problems, potential solutions, and the effects of these problems on individuals and society. Students will also reflect on their role as change agents for the clients with whom they work.
Students will gain an understanding of the basic interviewing skills and documentation techniques required of a human service worker. Students will learn how to respond to a variety of situations involving clients with different needs and backgrounds, ask probing questions to elicit the required information, and document the client’s needs correctly, considering confidentiality, legal, and ethical implications. The course also addresses a number of other issues critical in human services such as problem solving, avoiding self-disclosure, and cultural sensitivity in verbal and nonverbal communications.
You will learn appropriate and ethical prevention and intervention strategies. Using case studies and scenarios, you will identify risk factors that contribute to crises and distinguish between intervention and prevention strategies. Particular attention is given to crises involving youth and families in a variety of settings.
This course provides an overview of the issues and conditions that result in the need for human services. You will analyze historical and current events impacting the human services profession. In addition, you will explore the various systems impacting the profession and techniques to effect social change.
Students will learn the importance of time management, how to prioritize and organize data, and the skills critical for working effectively with human services clients. Through the use of case studies, students will assess client needs and determine the types of data necessary to ensure the ethical delivery of services. Students will practice essential interviewing skills and explore best practices in recording data from these interviews.
This course focuses on a strategic approach to researching and evaluating services delivered to clients. Topics will include an overview of what research is all about and why it is important for human services programs. In addition, quantitative and qualitative approaches, single-system research designs, as well as group research designs, ethical considerations, measurement tools, and other concepts relevant to research and evaluation of human services programs will be discussed. Students will learn the skills and knowledge necessary to interpret the data they collect as it relates to researching and evaluating the effectiveness of human services programs. Using real-world scenarios, students will design ethical plans to research and evaluate interventions for clients.
This course serves as an introduction to collecting, organizing and summarizing, and analyzing data using statistical software. Topics include basic terminology, measurement, sampling procedures, graphical and numerical descriptions of data, basic probability, and making inferences from a sample to the population. Statistical software is required in this course and used extensively. The course focuses on “thinking with” statistics rather than “computing” statistics.
MM 150 or higher
This course provides a broad introduction to the field of psychology, one of the social sciences. Students will be introduced to a range of topics that offer insight into human thought and actions including what motivates us to study human behavior, ethical decisions, problem solving, and theories on memory, learning, intelligence, and personality. This course will highlight the use of critical thinking and the application of the concepts. In addition, it will draw on practical psychological concepts related to students’ personal and professional relationships.
This capstone course is the culminating experience for the Bachelor of Science in Human Services. This course builds on the concepts of all the courses students have taken within the program of study. The capstone course provides students with the opportunity to integrate and synthesize the knowledge and skills acquired throughout their coursework in an original comprehensive project, and to assess their level of mastery of the stated outcomes of their degree program.
Completion of the final term of the Bachelor of
Science in Human Services or permission from the Dean
Total Program Credits: 180
This course will assist students who will be
working with children and their families in a human services
setting. Students will examine how the family functions as a
system and they will use this information to develop proper
communication techniques and intervention skills for working with
children and families. Students will design a list of resources
and materials that will assist human service workers that choose
to work with this population.
Child and Family Welfare Concentration
Total Program Credits: 180
Emphasis area courses are completed within the major requirements of the degree plan.
This course explores the various aspects of
child and adolescent development, including the psychological,
social, emotional, cognitive, and biological changes specific to
these age groups. Students will identify milestones of
development, typical and atypical behavior, and the
interrelationship between the person, family, and community.
Using real-world scenarios, students will design ethical
interventions based on the theoretical understanding of this
Very often, human services professionals are
called upon to be advocates for children and families in need.
Advocates must know how to help others that cannot, for one
reason or another, help themselves. In this course, students will
be introduced to the roles and skills necessary to intervene on
behalf of children and families as a human service professional.
Students will analyze the influence of biological, social,
economic, and cultural forces on children and their families. As
a result, students will design ethical interventions that will
aid them in their role as an advocate for those in
You will distinguish between the legal and ethical issues faced by the human service worker in a global society. Through activities and case studies, you will create solutions that adhere to legal and ethical guidelines in human services. The solutions will align with issues found in administration or child and family welfare.
This course will focus on the fastest-growing
population in the United States. Students will examine research
in the field of gerontology and analyze the effects on society of
serving the aging population. Topics include the health care
system, the economy, legislation and social action, and the
media's influence on society's perception of the elderly.
Students will analyze the current issues that have shaped ethical
interventions for the elderly in a global
Total Program Credits: 180
This course focuses on developmental research
about the psychological characteristics of aging. Students will
explore common perceptions and misconceptions about development
in later life, as well as the social and biological factors that
contribute to the maturation of the aging person. Students will
evaluate psychological theories that will aid them in developing
This course explores the effects of aging on
the elderly population's social, emotional, and physical health.
Students will examine the influences of health, nutrition, and
social relationships on adults in the later stages of life.
Topics will include retirement, housing and transportation,
leisure and recreation, family life, social support, elder abuse,
bereavement, and death and dying. Using real-world scenarios,
students will develop solutions to some of the dilemmas faced by
this growing population.
Students will acquire the skills
administrators use to develop successful relationships with the
community and media. They will develop effective public relations
strategies for not-for-profit organizations. This will include
distinguishing between audiences and tailoring the strategies
appropriately. Students will also analyze the influence of the
media on providing ethical services to
Human Services Administration Concentration
Total Program Credits: 180
You will examine the complexities of public personnel issues faced by human services administrators. Through the use of case studies and activities, you will differentiate between the issues affecting the public and private sectors. You will also create solutions to these issues.
Students will be introduced to a variety of
proposal models used in human services. They will research
potential funding opportunities that meet predetermined criteria.
Students will analyze existing proposals and design a proposal
with a focus specific to human services delivery
The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible.
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* This program is not accredited by the Council of Standards in Human Service Education.
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