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 Title Credits
WR 121 College Composition I 4
FHS 213 Issues for Children and Families 4
FHS 215 Exploring Family and Human Services 3
FHS 216 Diversity in Human Services 4
CPSY 217 Student Health and Well-Being 3
FHS 301 Writing in Human Services 3
FHS 328 Human Development in the Family Context 3
FHS 330 Individual Interventions in Ecological Contexts 4
FHS 331 Group and Community Interventions 3
FHS 420 Research in Human Services 3
FHS 471 Human Services Professional Ethics 3
FHS 492 Contemporary Issues in Public Health 3

 Intervention Skills (Choose 1) — Total Credits: 3

FHS 493 Child and Family Case Management or 3
FHS 494 Adolescent and Adult Case Management 3

Research Experience — Total Credits: 1 

FHS 401 Research 1

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

FHS 401 or other 401 Research in other academic program 1
FHS 490 Scientific Analysis and Interpretation 3

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

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.