Human Services Program Courses

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Introductory Biology

Credit Hours: 3

Course Number: BIO 102

Course Description: An introduction to the science of biology. This course is designed for students who are not majoring in biology or health related fields. Topics include scientific method, diversity of life, genetics, ecology and evolution. This course satisfies a general education requirement in the Math/Science area.

Introduction to Computers

Credit Hours: 3

Course Number: CSC 110

Course Description: This is an introductory course in computer literacy and software applications. The literacy components of the course include history of computing, computer systems, communications, networks, and computers in society. The applications training will include word processing, spreadsheets, database management and presentation software. No prior computer experience necessary.

Principles of Macroeconomics

Credit Hours: 3

Course Number: ECN 120

Course Description: This course is an introduction to the general field of economics, description and analysis of the American economic system, national income accounting, modern employment theory, fiscal policy, monetary policy, and economic growth.

Composition I

Credit Hours: 3

Course Number: ENG 105

Course Description: This course focuses on the process of writing expressive and informative prose, in incorporating oral, visual and electronic modes. It introduces research skills and critical thinking skills.

Composition II

Credit Hours: 3

Course Number: ENG 106

Course Description: This course is a continuation of ENG-105 with advanced work in research techniques. The major focus is on persuasive and argumentative writing in incorporating oral, visual, and electronic modes with an emphasis on critical thinking skills.

Introduction to Human Disabilities and Services

Credit Hours: 3

Course Number: HSV 162

Course Description: Introduces careers related to working with people with disabilities. Includes an introduction to special education, residential services, vocational services, and other services for children and adults with disabilities. Includes an introduction to specific disabilities, ways people with disabilities learn, child development and literacy. Covers professionalism, teamwork, communication skills, and behavior management. Requires completion of service learning projects.

Ethics for Human Services Professionals

Credit Hours: 1

Course Number: HSV 180

Course Description: The basic knowledge and responsibility of professional ethics and boundaries in relationship to clients, society, and professional peers will be studied. The course will focus on the interaction between the human services provider and those who they work with. The course will concentrate on the importance of boundaries, ethics, and confidentiality.

Introduction to Counseling Theories

Credit Hours: 3

Course Number: HSV 220

Course Description: This course provides instruction in skills of observing and recording behavior and organizing information into clear and logical reports. The course will also cover interviewing as a method of gathering and evaluating needs. It will introduce the students to the skills of establishing open relations with a client and assisting the client in understanding their needs to incorporate a more satisfying behavior.

Human Services Field Experience I

Credit Hours: 1

Course Number: HSV 854

Course Description: Human Services Field Experience 1A is the first course in a two-part series. The course involves supervised practice in which students in various agencies learn through actual observation and participation. The experience provides an opportunity to apply the classroom knowledge to the field of work. The students develop new skills, while being exposed to and gaining an appreciation for the basic principles of the human services.

Human Services Field Experience II

Credit Hours: 1

Course Number: HSV 855

Course Description: This course is a continuation of HSV-854 Human Services Field Experience 1A. The program of supervised practice continues as students in different agencies learn through actual observation and participation. The experience provides an opportunity to apply the classroom knowledge to the field of work. In addition, students further develop helping skills, while being exposed to and gaining an appreciation for the human services. Prerequisite: HSV-854 Human Services Field Experience 1A.

Exploring the Humanities

Credit Hours: 3

Course Number: HUM 113

Course Description: This course will examine thematically the humanities (art, music, literature, etc.). Students will explore aspects of the humanities to find the interconnectedness between people’s cultural views and the art they create. Instructors will make extensive use of technology in the delivery of course material, and students will use technology in required class project.

Math for Liberal Arts

Credit Hours: 4

Course Number: MAT 111

Course Description: This course is designed to introduce a student in non-math related majors to some of the basic uses of mathematics in society today including uses of algorithms for problem solving. Topics covered include principles of counting, sets, probability and statistics, geometry, logic, math of finance, and number theory. This course satisfies a general education requirement in the Math/Science area.

Introduction to Ethical Conflict

Credit Hours: 3

Course Number: PHI 145

Course Description: This course explores contemporary ethical conflicts as a way to develop students critical thinking skills. Students will examine various moral theories and their application to ethical problem solving by the use of case studies. Students will determine principles upon which to base their decision making. Areas for discussion may include personal decision making, job and workplace ethics, the social aspects of medicine, and the morals of politics and war.

American National Government

Credit Hours: 3

Course Number: POL 111

Course Description: This survey course introduces the general principles, policies, and problems of the national government in the United States. Fundamentals of American democracy; constitutionalism; the nature of federalism; the rights and duties of citizens; the institutions and the processes of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government; the role of public opinion and the media; and the participation of interest groups, social movements, and political parties in the U.S. political system are emphasized.

Introduction to Psychology

Credit Hours: 3

Course Number: PSY 111

Course Description: This course includes the tools for the study of psychology, basic psychological processes, personality and social behavior, contemporary knowledge of motives, intelligence, learning and emphasis on the language of modern psychology.

Developmental Psychology

Credit Hours: 3

Course Number: PSY 121

Course Description: This online course traces the fundamental patterns of normal health development from the conception to death. Each developmental period is examined in light of the characteristics of the period and the demands of American culture. Recent research in the studies relating to different ages is reviewed.

The Online Experience

Credit Hours: 3

Course Number: SDV 118

Course Description: This course will provide online students the understanding and expectations of learning in an online environment. Students will learn skills such as time management and study habits. They will also learn about academic integrity and how to become a successful online student.

Introduction to Sociology

Credit Hours: 3

Course Number: SOC 110

Course Description: This course is a concise study of human behavior from the perspective of sociologists. It will examine the ways in which social interaction, social processes, and social institutions comprise our sociological imagination. The course will also explore the ways that personality, status, role, class, gender, age, race, and ethnicity affect human interaction and institutions.

Social Problems

Credit Hours: 3

Course Number: SOC 115

Course Description: The course is an examination of social phenomena that have been defined as social problems in contemporary society. The course provides an understanding of some of the causes, effects and proposed solutions to these defined problems based upon the latest research.

Introduction to Gerontology

Credit Hours: 3

Course Number: SOC 130

Course Description: This course will identify and trace the history and development of major social policies and programs that affect older persons, especially in the area of health care. The course will take a broad view and examine the physical aging process, particularly as it relates to psychological and sociological age changes. Attitudes toward aging and the impact the increasing number of elderly have on society will be examined. In addition, the course will focus on individuals and organizations that play a role in developing and implementing policies involving senior citizens. The course will provide a broad background for those working with older students.

Human Behavior in the Social Environment

Credit Hours: 3

Course Number: SOC 140

Course Description: The basic knowledge and conceptual perspectives for understanding individuals, families, groups, communities, organizations, and cultures will be studied. The course will focus on the interactions between and among human biological, social, psychological, and cultural systems as they affect and are affected by human behavior.

Introduction to Human Services

Credit Hours: 3

Course Number: SOC 150

Course Description: A survey is made of the historical development and philosophy of the social service in today’s society. Emphasis is placed on the programs and agencies available in Iowa with their services, resources and methods of delivery.

Minority Group Relations

Credit Hours: 3

Course Number: SOC 200

Course Description: Sociology 200, Minority Group Relations, is a course about diversity. The material for this course will cover such issues as minority-group characteristics, the psychology and sociology of prejudice, levels of discrimination, and dominant ideologies. A section of Sociology 200 also will focus on Native Americans and government policy. Additional topics will cover material on minority group relations and European Americans, people of color, religious minorities, and women as minorities. After completing this course, students will have a true appreciation of the dynamic nature of minority group relations.

Public Speaking

Credit Hours: 3

Course Number: SPC 112

Course Description: This course is designed to develop the basic skills of speech communication by studying the process from invention through delivery. Emphasis is placed on the preparation and delivery of presentations.

US History to 1877

Credit Hours: 3

Course Number: HIS 151

Course Description: This course includes the political, socio-cultural, and economic factors in the development of American Civilization from the earliest European explorers until the end of the Civil War and Reconstruction. The course will focus on the changing aspirations and behavior of ordinary Americans as well the transformative achievements of the powerful and famous. The objective is to understand not only what happened, but also why it happened. The course will allow students to analyze critically the significance of race, ethnicity, religion, class, and gender in the American Experience and prepare students to make their own judgments about the relative importance of different factors in shaping the American past.

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