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Individual is a graduate of the BS in Human Services.
The program fulfills the educational requirements to sit for the Human Services–Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCPTMTM) exam offered by the Center for Credentialing Education.
Making a difference in the lives of those who are unable to help themselves can be a fulfilling career―one that can impact your community and society in a positive way. Our online Bachelor of Science in Human Services in Youth/Family Services and Administration program teaches you how to assess client needs, identify community resources, problem solve, and advocate for your clients. It addition, you will also learn how to:
Professors are skilled and many are licensed human services professionals who bring real-world expertise to the courses they teach.
At this time, residents of the following states may not enroll in the online Bachelor of Science in Human Services in Youth/Family Services program: Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, and Missouri.
curriculum blends theory and practice, giving you the opportunity to critically
explore the public and private policies that drive the day-to-day operations of
human service administration agencies and how they can best intervene on behalf
of the clients they serve. A variety of courses from multiple disciplines,
including human services, criminal justice, and social services administration,
provide students with a well-rounded perspective to better assess and address
the needs of clients.
is a member of the Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE) and
adheres to the curriculum standards set forth by the CSHSE; however, it is not accredited by this agency. The
coursework in this program fulfills the educational requirements to sit for the
Human Services—Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCPTM) exam offered by
the Center for Credentialing & Education. Please note that you must meet
post-degree experience requirements in order to earn the HS-BCP credential.*
The program is designed to help you:
Students also have the option of completing an
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The Bureau of
Labor Statistics projects community and social service occupations will grow
faster than the average for all other occupations from 2014 to 2024.† Advanced
skills and educational requirements may be a factor when considering an
individual for placement, promotion, or advancement within the human services
Bachelor of Science in Human Services
in Youth/Family Services and Administration at Kaplan University can
help prepare you for diverse career opportunities in the human services field
or related fields, such as:
Note: This program does not lead to
certification or licensure as a social worker or counselor. Additional training or experience may be
required for certain positions. Students should research the requirements of
any agency in which they intend to seek employment.
Work toward any of the following Kaplan University master's degrees while you earn your bachelor's degree: Master of Public Administration, Master of Science in Environmental Policy, Master of Science in Legal Studies, Master of Science in Human Services, or Master of Science in Psychology.
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Online Start Date
Dec 07, 2016
Online and Campus Start Date
Jan 04, 2017
Online Start Date
Feb 01, 2017
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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 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.
Last term or permission of the Dean
Total Program Credits: 180
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* The Center for Credentialing & Education can be contacted at: 3 Terrace Way, Greensboro, NC 27403-3660; Tel: 336.482.2856; www.cce-global.org/. Although certain programs at Kaplan University are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, the University cannot guarantee the student will be eligible to sit for or pass those exams. In some cases, work experience, additional coursework beyond the Kaplan University program, fieldwork, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams. Students should research the requirements in the state in which they intend to seek
† Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-2017 Edition, Community and Social Service Occupations, www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/home.htm. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.
‡ Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.
§ Kaplan University does not guarantee the transferability of credit from any of these sources. See the University Catalog for our Transfer of Credit and Prior Learning Assessment policies.
# Source: 2014–2015 Kaplan University Capstone Survey; more than 11,800 students completed the survey.
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