Bachelor of Science in Family and Human Services

The bachelor’s degree in family and human services (FHS) requires a minimum of 67 credits grouped into two categories:

  1. FHS pre-admit core course work
  2. admitted FHS major course work, including field studies and supervision

The bachelor of science (BS) degree requires proficiency in mathematics or computer and information science or a combination of the two.

Additional coursework is required to fulfill equity and diversity and professional depth requirements and can be taken before or after admission to the major.

All coursework for admitted majors are at the 300 and 400 level.

Typically, students will enroll in three field study placements during their junior year and one field study placement for the duration of their senior year.

Students will formulate, propose and present a senior project at the end of their senior year.


Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements — Minimum Credits: 67

Premajor Core — Total Credits: 12

CodeTitleCredits
FHS 213Issues for Children and Families4
FHS 215Exploring Family and Human Services4
FHS 216Diversity in Human Services4

Professional Studies — Total Credits: 27

CodeTitleCredits
FHS 328Human Development in the Family Context4
FHS 330Individual Interventions in Ecological Contexts4
FHS 331Group and Community Interventions3
FHS 420Research in Human Services4
FHS 491Junior Professional Practices and Issues I3
FHS 492Junior Professional Practices and Issues II3
FHS 493 or
FHS 494
Junior Professional Practices and Issues III or
Senior Professional Practices and Issues
3
3
FHS 495Senior Professional Practices and Issues3

Field and Capstone Experience — Total Credits: 20-21

CodeTitleCredits
FHS 406Special Problems: [Topic] (Beginning Field Studies I,II,III)***6
FHS 406Special Problems: [Topic] (Advanced Field Studies I,II)***6
FHS 407Seminar: [Topic] (Junior-Senior Supervision Issues)**5–6
FHS 496Senior Project Proposal1
FHS 497Senior Project2

Equity and Diversity Requirement1 — Minimum Credits: 4*

Professional Depth Requirement2 — Minimum Credits: 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 4 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 4 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 are required to enroll in Seminar: [Topic] (FHS 407) for each term enrolled in Special Problems: [Topic] (FHS 406).

*** Students must enroll in a minimum of 2 credits of FHS 406 in each term they are enrolled in FHS 406 (i.e., you may NOT take only 1 credit of FHS 406). See FHS academic advisors if you wish to add FHS 406 credits beyond the 2-credit minimum in any given term or have any other questions regarding this requirement.


Four-Year Degree Plan

This degree plan is only a sample of how your may complete your degree in four years. There are alternative ways. You should consult your advisor to determine the best path.

In addition to required course work, you must participate in work or volunteer experiences related to human services and maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 or better.

First Year — Total Credits: 48

Fall Term — Total Credits: 16

Course and TitleCredits
WR 121 College Composition I4
FHS 213 Issues for Children and Families1 or FHS 215 Exploring Family and Human Services1 or FHS 216 Diversity in Human Services14
General-education course in arts and letters4
Elective course4

Winter Term — Total Credits: 16

Course and TitleCredits
WR 122 College Composition II or WR 123 College Composition III4
FHS 213 Issues for Children and Families1 or FHS 215 Exploring Family and Human Services1 or FHS 216 Diversity in Human Services14
General-education course in science4
Elective course4

Spring Term — Total Credits: 16

Course and TitleCredits
FHS 213 Issues for Children and Families1 or FHS 215 Exploring Family and Human Services1 or FHS 216 Diversity in Human Services14
General-education course in arts and letters4
General-education course in science4
Elective course4

1 Must be taken graded and must earn a C- or better


Second Year — Total Credits: 48

Fall Term — Total Credits: 16

Prepare application for admission to the family and human services major

Course and TitleCredits
Mathematics course24
General-education course in social science4
General-education course in science4
General-education course that also satisfies a multicultural requirement (American cultures or international cultures)4

Winter Term — Total Credits: 16

Submit application for admission to the family and human services major

Course and TitleCredits
Mathematics course24
General-education course in arts and letters4
General-education course in social science4
Elective course4

Spring Term — Total Credits: 16

Complete all specified family and human services major admission requirements

Course and TitleCredits
Mathematics course24
General-education course in arts and letters4
General-education course in social science4
General-education course in science4

2 Must earn a grade of P or C- or better


Third Year — Total Credits: 41

Fall Term — Total Credits: 14

Course and TitleCredits
FHS 328 Human Development in the Family Context4
FHS 330 Individual Interventions in Ecological Contexts4
FHS 406 Special Problems: [Topic]2
FHS 407 Seminar: [Topic]1
FHS 491 Junior Professional Practices and Issues I3

Winter Term — Total Credits: 13

Course and TitleCredits
FHS 331 Group and Community Interventions3
FHS 406 Special Problems: [Topic]2
FHS 407 Seminar: [Topic]1
FHS 420 Research in Human Services4
FHS 492 Junior Professional Practices and Issues II3

Spring Term — Total Credits: 14

Course and TitleCredits
FHS 406 Special Problems: [Topic]2
FHS 407 Seminar: [Topic]1
FHS 493 Junior Professional Practices and Issues III or FHS 494 Senior Professional Practices and Issues3
Elective courses8

Fourth Year — Total Credits: 43

Fall Term — Total Credits: 16

Course and TitleCredits
FHS 406 Special Problems: [Topic]2
FHS 407 Seminar: [Topic]1
FHS 496 Senior Project Proposal1
Upper-division elective courses8
Elective course4
Total Credits16

Winter Term — Total Credits: 14

Complete application for graduation on DuckWeb

Course and TitleCredits
FHS 406 Special Problems: [Topic]2
FHS 407 Seminar: [Topic]1
FHS 495 Senior Professional Practices and Issues3
Elective course8

Spring Term — Total Credits: 13

Course and TitleCredits
FHS 406 Special Problems: [Topic]2
FHS 407 Seminar: [Topic]1
FHS 497 Senior Project2
Upper-division elective courses8