Sociology with Human Services emphasis degree added to curriculum
by: University Relations
The behavioral sciences department is launching a new degree program in spring 2013.
The bachelor of science in sociology degree with a human services emphasis combines a liberal arts education and a course of study in understanding society, social groups and human interaction. The human services emphasis provides additional study in important aspects of functioning in human services organizations that will help students develop skills in budgeting, marketing, resource management and entrepreneurship as they prepare for entry into the job market and for continuing on to graduate school.
“The human needs of people in communities across our country are great,” said Dr. David Naylor, professor of sociology. “A vast network of local, state and federal organizations exists to help people in every city and town. These agencies need employees who are passionate about helping others, know how organizations like theirs work and are willing to contribute to their mission right away. Career opportunities may include domestic violence and family support, poverty relief, health care and youth support programs to name a few.”
In the foreseeable future, the field of human services is expected to continue growing as more of the population ages, needs mental and/or substance abuse care or assistance with employment, housing and health care.
Naylor said, “Human services organizations are businesses. While they are typically small, community-based not-for-profit organizations, they still have to manage clients, employees and constituencies, as well as budgets, public relations and advertising in a competitive marketplace. Courses in this emphasis help give students backgrounds in these areas so that they should feel comfortable with these workplace tasks and begin to contribute right away.”
An advantage of the sociology/human services emphasis is its flexibility to customize around students’ busy schedules as all of the human services emphasis hours (18 hours) are offered exclusively online in six 7-week courses. The required courses in sociology (19 hours) are offered exclusively on campus. The liberal arts core and general elective courses are exclusively on-campus courses. Three hours in the human services emphasis will be offered both online and on campus.