Independent Study

An opportunity for the interested student with a good scholastic record to pursue independently the study of some subject under the direction of a member(s) of the human services staff. Subjects are chosen and arrangements are made to suit the needs of the individual student. Students must be able to meet site requirements which may include criminal background checks, a health physical and a TB check.

Social Welfare

This course explores the social forces supporting the development of social welfare and social service policy. There is a focus on how people are affected by such problems as poverty, child abuse, alcoholism, crime, mental retardation, overpopulation, and emotional difficulties.

Death and Dying

This is a psychosocial examination of death and dying in contemporary American society, although other societies at other time periods are considered. Medical, ethical, legal, and religious issues will be discussed. Instruction includes lectures, films, tapes, and a student position paper.

Substance Abuse, Co-Dependency, and the Family

This course provides students an opportunity to understand the relationship between substance abuse, co-dependency, and the family. The focus is on the unique problems facing the families of substance abusers and how they attempt to cope.

Selected Topics in Human Services

This course will be offered to cover topics in response to the special interests of students. Topics may include family communication, programming, legal and ethical issues, cross-cultural practice, foster care, burn out, problem assessment, or sign language. Since topics change, students may take this course for up to six credit hours toward graduation.

Family Dynamics

This course examines the family system as a basic social institution. Emphasis is placed on issues that are important to the individual and the family. The student will also be introduced to theoretical viewpoints and conceptual frameworks that have been proven useful in intervention of marriage and family issues.

Human Services and Behavior Modification

This course introduces the student to the theory and application of behavior modification. The focus is on how the behavioral theory works with agencies and other organizations in the community.

Introduction to Group Techniques

This course introduces the student to the theoretical concepts and principles of group work methodology. There is an emphasis on basic practice skills and intervention techniques. Students must be able to meet site requirements which may include criminal background checks, a health physical and a TB check.

Basic Concepts in Social Work

This course introduces the student to the social work profession, its value base, and code of ethics. There is an emphasis on methods and skills with an overview of social issues and client needs relative to social work practice.


Course includes the study of essential nutrients and their functions as they relate to normal health, as well as the selection of food to meet the identified nutrient requirements.