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Program Requirements

The Family and Human Services (FHS) major requires coursework grouped into two categories: (1) FHS pre-admit core coursework and (2) Admitted FHS major coursework, including field studies and supervision. Additional coursework is required to fulfill Equity and Diversity and Professional Depth requirements and can be taken before or after being admitted to the major.

FHS Curriculum
Equity & Diversity and Professional Depth Requirements

Pre-Admit Core Courses
The pre-admit core courses (FHS 213, 215, and 216) are typically taken in the freshman and sophomore years. These courses serve to equip students with a working knowledge about current issues and problems in education, human services, and society; foundations in the field and profession in human services; and issues in diversity in human services. Transfer students are encouraged to take these courses prior to applying to the program through the dual-enrollment or Community Education programs. If this is not possible, course equivalency exceptions may be granted.

Admitted Major Professional Coursework
FHS students build a foundation through coursework and field experiences in child and adolescent development; healthy families; professional communication and collaboration; policy and organizational issues in human services; intervention strategies for children, youth, adults and families; and research and evaluation of the profession and practice in human services. All coursework for admitted majors are at the 300 and 400 level. Typically, students will enroll in three placements during their junior year and one during their senior year. In addition, majors will formulate, propose and present a senior project at the end of their senior year.

Equity and Diversity Requirement
Students must take at least 4 credits from this category. Courses in this category must explicitly address and seek to increase awareness of aspects of human diversity, equity, and social justice relevant to work in the human services.

Professional Depth Requirement
Students must take at least 4 credits from one of the following categories from a curated list of approved courses:
Research: Courses in this category must explicitly provide training in research methodology, statistics, grant writing, or application of these skills to advance work in the human services.
Prevention and Intervention: Courses in this category must explicitly address and seek to increase knowledge of prevention and/or intervention (direct practice) approaches relevant to careers in the human services, or behaviors that are the focus of prevention and/or intervention in this context.
Organization and Public Policy: Courses in this category must explicitly address and seek to increase knowledge of organizational structures or public policy processes relevant to work in the human services.