Program Overview

The training and adult development concentration (49 credits) focuses on preparing individuals to assess employees' training needs, plan and coordinate training activities, and evaluate the effectiveness of training programs and activities within public and private organizations. The training and adult development major increases one's ability to work in any type of organization. The major is especially useful for a variety of fields, including corrections, human resources, law enforcement, general human services, nursing, psychology, social work and communications. Any student may take training and adult development courses without completing the entire major.

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To be eligible for acceptance to the Human Services BHS major, students must submit a College of Community Studies and Public Affairs Undergraduate Program Declaration Form. Consult with an advisor before submitting declaration form or enrolling in courses toward the major.

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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 before or as you begin your major program coursework)
  • A background check
  • Required human services core courses (20 credits)
  • Other required human services coursework, depending upon the concentration
  • A practicum in human services organization(s)
  • Minor program courses (if desired); and
  • Other electives

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Course List


In addition to the human services major requirements, students must complete the university's General education and liberal studies requirements.

  • PSYC 100 General Psychology
    4 credits

    This course introduces students to scientific and applied psychology, and suggests its application to everyday life. The course familiarizes students with concepts, principles, research methods and theories of psychology.

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  • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
    3 credits

    This course is an introduction to the sociological perspective. Students examine the social processes that shape societies and the course of their histories. The social nature of biographies is explored through the study of the family and socialization, education and work, bureaucracy and the economy, gender, social class, and race and ethnicity.

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Requirements ( 120 total credits)

Required Courses (20 credits)

  • HSER 355 Introduction to Human Services: History and Trends
    4 credits

    This course covers the historical and progressive development of the human services field, as well as the present trends and professional issues, including theoretical approaches to human services work, practical skills, human services delivery systems, human services work in a pluralistic society, and using research in human services work.

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  • HSER 353 Social Casework Methods
    4 credits

    This course familiarizes students with social casework practices. It focuses on the process of engagement (intake) assessment and contracting with diverse systems in an urban environment. Emphasis is on the beginning skills in interviewing, assessment and treatment planning, including advocacy and referral.

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  • HSER 346 Counseling and Interviewing Skills
    4 credits

    This course introduces students to basic counseling skills. As such, it is designed to help students develop essential helping skills needed for client engagement, follow-through, completion and overall therapeutic effectiveness. Specific skills and techniques covered include; developing rapport, building empathy and listening, encouraging trust, self-disclosure, immediacy, questioning & evoking, addressing discrepancies, etc. This course is highly experiential in its format. Students will participate in classroom exercises, real plays, and video-taping of counseling skills.

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  • HSER 395 Intersection of Race and Diversity in Human Services
    4 credits

    This course emphasizes the experience of race and racism and how both intersect with various forms of human diversity in the helping arena. It will provide students an understanding of how power and privilege are operant in the human services. Students will examine assumptions, myths, beliefs, and biases that block effective relationships between groups of people and that hamper helper-helpee dynamics. Course activities involve self-assessment and opportunities for application of learning in a human service environment. COMPETENCE STATEMENT: Knows conceptual frameworks dealing with racial-ethnic identity, racial-cultural world views, oppression and power well enough to explore, develop, and evaluate personal responses and professional strategies to eliminate the myths, beliefs, biases, actions and efforts, that sustain social oppression in the helping professions.

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  • HSER 455 Human Services Capstone Seminar
    4 credits

    This course comes at the end of the student's senior course work in human services. Students complete a human services portfolio assignment demonstrating what they have learned in human services over the period of time while studying in this program. This assignment helps students to reflect on their academic course of study (both theoretical and practical) and how it applies to the professional practice of human services. The written portfolio provides evidence of competence and is a way for students to demonstrate readiness for graduation and work as Human Services professionals. In order to complete the portfolio assignment students must complete at least ten (10) hours of community service in a Human Services Agency with a Human Services professional. The course culminates with students giving presentations on the agency studied and written about in their portfolio.

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Practica (5 credits)

Experiential (practica) learning opportunities are an essential component of the human services degree program. Thus, every student is required to complete a practicum experience.

  • HSER 320 Human Services Pre-Practicum Group Seminar
    1 credits

    This course is designed to help students evaluate their readiness, prepare for and then select an internship site for Human Services. Examples of course topics include: examination of personal readiness, internship or career goals, review an array of possible internships and making an appropriate selection for practicum.

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  • HSER 331 Human Services Group Practicum and Seminar
    4 credits

    This seminar is designed to provide an opportunity for student interns and faculty to meet and discuss progress being made during internship, provide support and address problems and concerns. The seminar includes: lecture, discussion, and group work topics pertinent to the students' internship.

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