Bachelor of Arts in Family and Human Services

The bachelor’s degree in family and human services (FHS) requires a minimum of 66 credits and the bachelor of arts (BA) degree requires proficiency in a second language.

Typically, students will enroll in three field study placements during their junior year and return to one of those field placement sites for one term of their senior year.


Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements (for each emphasis) 

Direct Service Intensive: 66 minimum total credits 

Prevention Science: 54 minimum total credits

course and TitleCredits
WR 121 College Composition I4
FHS 213 Issues for Children and Families4
FHS 215 Exploring Family and Human Services3
FHS 216 Diversity in Human Services4
CPSY 217 Student Health and Well-Being3
FHS 301 Writing in Human Services3
FHS 328 Human Development in the Family Context3
FHS 330 Individual Interventions in Ecological Contexts4
FHS 331 Group and Community Interventions3
FHS 420 Research in Human Services3
FHS 471 Human Services Professional Ethics3
FHS 492 Contemporary Issues in Public Health3

 Intervention Skills (Choose 1) — Total Credits: 3

COURSE AND TITLECREDITS
FHS 493 Child and Family Case Management or3
FHS 494 Adolescent and Adult Case Management3

Research Experience — Total Credits: 1 

COURSE AND TITLEcredits
FHS 401 Research1

Equity and Diversity Requirement— Minimum Credits: 4

Professional Depth Requirement— Minimum Credits: 6

Prevention Science (PS) Emphasis (Default for enrolled FHS Majors) — Total Credits: 4

COURSE AND TITLECREDITS
FHS 401 or other 401 Research in other academic program1
FHS 490 Scientific Analysis and Interpretation3

Direct Service Intensive (DSI) Field Experience — Total Credits: 12

COURSE AND TITLECredits
FHS 472 Human Services in Practice*8
FHS 473 Human Services in Practice Supervision**4

A list of approved courses that fulfil these requirements is updated annually and can be obtained from the FHS Academic Advisors.

1Equity and Diversity Requirement: Courses that fulfill this requirement must explicitly address and seek to increase awareness of aspects of human diversity, equity, and social justice relevant to work in the human services. 4 credits required.

2Professional Depth Requirement: Students must take at least 6 credits from one of the following categories to fulfill this requirement:

  • Research. Courses in this category must 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 address approaches to prevention and intervention relevant to careers in the human services or behaviors that are the focus of prevention and intervention in this context.
  • Organization and public policy. Courses in this category must address organizational structures or public policy processes relevant to work in the human services.

* Students must enroll in a minimum of 6 credits within an area of professional depth. However, students may fulfill this requirement through a combination of courses with credits that can range from 1 to 4 credits.

** Students must enroll in a minimum of 2 credits of FHS 472: Human Services Practice in each term they are enrolled in FHS 473: Human Services Supervision (i.e., you may NOT take only 1 credit of FHS 472). See College of Education Academic Advisors if you wish to add FHS 472 credits beyond the 2-credit minimum in any given term or have any other questions regarding this requirement.