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Human Services Curriculum

Majors in the Human Services may fulfill the requirements for either the General Human Services degree (Option I) or also the Human Services degree with specialization (Option II). Human Service specializations include: Correctional Services and Early Childhood Services. Both options require the completion of the Human Services Practicum, an internship in an occupational setting related to the student's career goals. The Practicum also meets Elmira College's Career Related Field Experience requirement.

NOTE: No more than 6 credits of Human Services workshops may be counted toward graduation; no more than 3 credits may be used to fulfill the requirements for the major.

Required Courses

Option I - General
Take all of the following
HMS 1000: Human Services in Contemporary America
HMS 3005: Family Assessment
HMS-PSY 3300: Basic Counseling Techniques
HMS 4000: Program Planning and Evaluation (W course)
HMS 4515: Human Services Practicum
PSY 1010: Introductory Psychology
SOC 1010: Introductory Sociology

Option I majors must take at least two of the following
Human Behavior and Development
HMS 3006: Observing Child Development
PSY 2030: Personality
PSY 2060: Child and Adolescent Psychology
PSY 3000: Psychology of Maturing and Aging
PSY 3010: Social Psychology
PSY 3140: Abnormal Psychology
PSY 3220: Theories of Human Development
PSY 4031: Contemporary Problems: Issues of Adolescence
SOC 2600: Sociology of Aging

Option I majors must take at least three of the following
Human Service Delivery
HMS 1010: Services to Families with Young Children
HMS 2010: Chemical Dependency: Treatment and Rehabilitation
HMS 2020: Mental Health Services

HMS 2025*: Death and Dying
or
HMS-NSG 2030*: End of Life Issues

HMS 3010: Management of Human Service Agencies
HMS 3025: Services for Children and Youth
HMS-SOC 3120: Community Organization
HMS 3140: Social Group Work
HMS 3150: Social Casework
PSY 2020: Introduction to Clinical Psychology

Electives Option I majors must take 9 credits of related electives, including at least one course or 3 credits at the 3000 level or higher, selected from the following field codes: HMS, CRJ, PSY, SOC 9.0

*Students can choose to take either HMS 2025 or HMS-NSG 2030. Should not take both courses to meet the elective requirement.

Option II: Major with Specialization
Take all of the following
HMS 1000: Human Services in Contemporary America
HMS 3005: Family Assessment
HMS-PSY 3300: Basic Counseling Techniques
HMS 4000: Program Planning and Evaluation (W course)
HMS 4515: Human Services Practicum 
PSY 1010: Introduction to Psychology 
SOC 1010: Introduction to Sociology

Specializations Option II majors must select an area of specialization from either Correctional Services or Early Childhood Services and take the four courses listed under that specialization. 12.0

Electives Take 12 credits of electives within the specialization. (At least 3 credits must be at the 3000 level or higher.) Students should select courses relevant to their area of specialization from courses in HMS or other related disciplines (e.g. CRJ, EDU, PSY, SOC). 12.0

Required Courses for the Specializations
Correctional Services Specialization
CRJ 1010: Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRJ 3200: Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice
CRJ 3230: Community Based Corrections
CRJ-SOC 3311: Criminology (W course)

Early Childhood Services Specialization
HMS 1010: Services to Families With Young Children
HMS 3006: Observing Child Development
PSY 2060: Child and Adolescent Psychology
SPH 2250: Language Development


In addition to the required number of credits needed to complete the major, all students must also fulfill the general degree requirements in order to graduate.