Human Services Administration
The Human Services Administration concentration (53 credits) focuses on preparation for various administrative positions in a range of public and private nonprofit human service organizations. This area provides knowledge and skills for people who are, or intend to be, involved in planning, organizing, monitoring, evaluating, or coordinating social service programs or agencies. The core of any administration curriculum includes basic knowledge in the areas of accounting/budgeting, communication, computer applications, public relations/marketing, supervision and personnel administration. General courses in these areas can be found under accounting, information and computer sciences, management, marketing management and communications, writing, speech communication and human resource management.
The human services administration curriculum also includes basic knowledge in areas unique to nonprofits, such as organizational management, volunteer management, program management, fund-raising, legal issues and governance. This program area contains courses and independent studies specifically applicable to administration in human services organizations.
Acceptance to the Program
To be eligible for acceptance to the Human Services BHS major, students must submit a College of Health, Community and Professional Services Undergraduate Program Declaration Form. Consult with an advisor before submitting declaration form or enrolling in courses toward the major.
- PSYC 100 General Psychology (or two psychology courses) and
- SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (or two sociology courses)
- In addition to the human services major requirements, students must complete the university's General education and liberal studies requirements
Required Core Courses (20 credits)
- HSER 355 Introduction to Human Service: History and Trends
- HSER 353 Social Casework Methods
- HSER 346 Counseling and Interviewing Skills
- HSER 395 Human Services and Diversity
- HSER 455 Capstone Seminars in Human Services
Practica (5 credits)
Experiential (practica) experience is a vital component of the human services degree program. Every student is required to complete a practicum experience.
- HSER 320 Human Services Pre-Practicum Group Seminar
- HSER 331 Human Services Group Practicum and Seminar
Human Services Degree Requirements
The degree programs consist of a minimum of 120 credits with at least 48 credits in human services, of which 40 credits must be upper division Metropolitan State University course work or competency demonstration. The degree programs have the following components:
- General education and liberal studies (including general psychology and introduction to sociology as prerequisites for program admission)
- Required core courses (20 credits)
- Other required human services coursework, depending upon the concentration
- Practica in human services organization(s)
- Minor course (if desired); and
- Other electives
Human Services Administration Requirements (28 credits)
In addition to the prerequisites, required courses and practica, this concentration requires the following.
- HSA 366 Technology Application in Human Services
- HSER 354 Ethical Issues in Human Services
- HSA 362 Human Services Administration
- HSA 363 Development, Marketing and Grant Writing
- HSA 369 Program Evaluation
- HSA 370 Supervision in Human Services
- HSTD 393 Training, Design and Instruction
Recommended Elective Courses
- HSTD 389 Organizational Development and Change
- PSYC 314 Group Dynamics and Facilitation
- HSTD 395 Disability and Career Development