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  • Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules. Certain start dates may not be available at all ground locations; speak with an advisor for additional information.

    Dec 07

    Online Start Date
    Dec 07, 2016

    Jan 04

    Online and Campus Start Date
    Jan 04, 2017

    Feb 01

    Online Start Date
    Feb 01, 2017

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  • Curriculum: Standard Track


    Core

    CM 107: COLLEGE COMPOSITION I (5 Credits)

    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.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    CM 220: COLLEGE COMPOSITION II (5 Credits)

    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.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    CS 204: PROFESSIONAL PRESENCE (3 Credits)

    This 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. 

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    SS 236: PEOPLE, POWER, AND POLITICS—AN INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT (5 Credits)

    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.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    SS 211: THE 1960S—RESHAPING THE AMERICAN DREAM (5 Credits)

    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.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    SS 250: THE TECHNOLOGICAL REVOLUTION—A SOCIAL SCIENTIFIC APPROACH (5 Credits)

    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. 

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    Total Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    SC 200: DISCOVERING SCIENCE—CURRENT ISSUES IN A CHANGING WORLD (5 Credits)

    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 students
    a 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. 

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    SC 246: FUNDAMENTALS OF MICROBIOLOGY (5 Credits)

    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.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    SC 235: GENERAL BIOLOGY I—HUMAN PERSPECTIVES (5 Credits)

    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 course.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    SC 250: SCIENCE FOR EVERYDAY LIFE (5 Credits)

    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.

     

     

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    HU 200: ARTS AND HUMANITIES—MODERN CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS (5 Credits)

    As a human, you have the unique ability to appreciate beauty. This course will help you to discover human potential as expressed through the arts and humanities. In this course, you will evaluate the impact of creative expression on cultures by studying examples from the humanities disciplines. You will investigate how creative expressions broaden perspective. As an arts and humanities student, you will analyze forms of creative expression, and discover how to apply this new found insight to your career goals, community, and daily experience.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    HU 245: ETHICS (5 Credits)

    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.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    HU 250: HUMANITIES AND CULTURE (5 Credits)

    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.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    Total Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    MM 212: COLLEGE ALGEBRA (5 Credits)

    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.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    MM 150: SURVEY OF MATHEMATICS (5 Credits)

    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.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Major

    CM 206: INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATIONS (5 Credits)

    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.

    Prerequisites Required: Any College Composition I course

    Total Major Credits: 100
    Total Program Credits: 180

    CJ 101: INTRODUCTION TO THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM (5 Credits)

    This course provides an overview of the criminal justice system in the United States. Students gain an understanding of the philosophy and development of the criminal justice system, the current state of the criminal justice agencies and institutions, and the issues and challenges facing them.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 100
    Total Program Credits: 180

    HN 115: HUMAN SERVICES PROGRAM AND PROFESSION (5 Credits)

    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.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 100
    Total Program Credits: 180

    HN 144: HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE ENVIRONMENT (5 Credits)

    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.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 100
    Total Program Credits: 180

    HN 200: SURVEY OF SOCIAL PROBLEMS (5 Credits)

    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.
     

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 100
    Total Program Credits: 180

    HN 205: APPLIED SKILLS FOR HUMAN SERVICES (5 Credits)

    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. 

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 100
    Total Program Credits: 180

    HN 220: PREVENTION AND CRISIS INTERVENTION (5 Credits)

    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.

    Prerequisites Required: HN 144

    Total Major Credits: 100
    Total Program Credits: 180

    SS 144: SOCIOLOGY (5 Credits)

    An understanding of the dynamics of human societies and group behavior is useful for any work environment or professional career. This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of the discipline of sociology. Students will explore society and social life through the study of language, culture, race and ethnicity, gender, inequality, education, deviance, and sociological theory and methods. Students are also encouraged, through course assignments and discussions, to examine the influences of society on their personal lives.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    Total Major Credits: 100
    Total Program Credits: 180

    CJ 333: FAMILY AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (6 Credits)

    This course discusses the relationship between criminal justice and social service systems that deal with family and domestic violence, including, but not limited to, how the criminal justice, research, and social service communities work to provide a multiagency approach to this devastating issue.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    Total Major Credits: 100
    Total Program Credits: 180

    CJ 420: JUVENILE JUSTICE (6 Credits)

    This course provides an overview of the juvenile justice system in the United States. It focuses on the design and application of the juvenile justice system. Upon completion of the course, you will have a full understanding of the interrelationships among philosophy, notions of causation, and procedural requirements provided to youthful offenders and abused children. You will also be able to discuss and identify diversion and prevention programs, the effects of incarceration, and possible alternatives to incarceration. Last, the future of juvenile courts and the juvenile justice system will be addressed.

    Prerequisites Required: CJ 101

    Total Major Credits: 100
    Total Program Credits: 180

    HN 330: CASE MANAGEMENT IN HUMAN SERVICES (6 Credits)

    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.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Major Credits: 100
    Total Program Credits: 180

    HN 347: PUBLIC PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATION (6 Credits)

    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.

    Prerequisites Required: HN 200

    Total Major Credits: 100
    Total Program Credits: 180

    HN 370: CHILD WELFARE AND FAMILY (6 Credits)

    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.

    Prerequisites Required: HN 144

    Total Major Credits: 100
    Total Program Credits: 180

    HN 377: STUDIES IN CHILD AND ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT (6 Credits)

    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 population.

    Prerequisites Required: HN 144

    Total Major Credits: 100
    Total Program Credits: 180

    HN 400: PROPOSAL DESIGNS FOR HUMAN SERVICES (6 Credits)

    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 programs.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Major Credits: 100
    Total Program Credits: 180

    HN 430: ADVOCACY FOR FAMILIES AND YOUTH (6 Credits)

    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 need.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Major Credits: 100
    Total Program Credits: 180

    HN 450: LEGAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES IN HUMAN SERVICES (6 Credits)

    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.

    Prerequisites Required: HN 200

    Total Major Credits: 100
    Total Program Credits: 180

    HN 498: BACHELOR'S CAPSTONE FOR HUMAN SERVICES IN YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES AND ADMINISTRATION (6 Credits)

    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.

    Prerequisites Required: Last term or permission of the Dean

    Total Major Credits: 100
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Electives

    100/200 LEVEL: OPEN ELECTIVES (35 Credits)

    Total Electives Credits: 47
    Total Program Credits: 180

    300/400 LEVEL: OPEN ELECTIVES (12 Credits)

    Total Electives Credits: 47
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Tuition & Fees: Standard Track

    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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