The Human Services Violence Prevention and Intervention (VPI) minor is a multidisciplinary 20-credit curriculum focusing on violence prevention and intervention.
Because the prevention of violence requires efforts across many disciplines, the VPI minor draws on a number of fields to prepare students to work in a broad range of human services. The VPI concentration can increase students' competence in a variety of areas including general human services, public health, corrections and criminal justice, public policy, education, sociology, psychology, and gender studies. These disciplines work together to promote effective prevention of and intervention in violence at the individual, family, and community levels.
Students who are VPI minors study not only the theories and dynamics of interpersonal violence, but various approaches to responding to and preventing violence as well.
- understand the complexity of violence in families and communities
- can identify appropriate violence prevention and intervention community resources for a range of diverse needs