Human Services Option

The Human Services option prepares students for entry-level positions in a variety of human services settings including the juvenile justice system, health care settings and hospices, criminal justice agencies, community advocacy groups, the child welfare system, elderly services, children and youth services, substance abuse programs, and many others. Students gain an understanding of the social and human service delivery systems and acquire basic skills to communicate effectively with clients, develop intervention strategies, and solve interpersonal and social problems. At least two internship experiences in human services programs are required for degree completion. Students are prepared to pursue a graduate degree in several areas including counseling, social work, psychology, marriage and family therapy, human development and family sciences, nonprofit administration, public policy, and others.


HDFS 240. *Human Sexuality (3)
HDFS 314. Adult Development and Aging (4)
HDFS 341. Family Studies (4)
HDFS 360. Critical Thinking in Human Development and Family Sciences (4)
HDFS 361. Applied Research Methods (4)

Non-HDFS Courses

COMM 218. *Interpersonal Communication (3)
NUTR 225. General Human Nutrition (3)
PSY 201. *General Psychology (3)
PSY 202. *General Psychology (3)
SOC 204. *Introduction to Sociology (3)
WR 327. *Technical Writing (3)

Choose one of three statistics options below:
H 220. Introduction to Health Data Analysis (3)
ST 201, ST 202. Principles of Statistics (4,4)
ST 351. Introduction to Statistical Methods (4)

Human Services (36–47)

HDFS 107. Introduction to Human Services (3)
HDFS 209. Human Services Practicum (4) (may be repeated for a max. of 8 credits)
HDFS 311. Infant and Child Development (4)
   or HDFS 313. Adolescent Development (4)
HDFS 410. Human Services Internship (6–12)
HDFS 461. ^Program Development and Proposal Writing (4)
HDFS 462. Skills for Human Services Professionals (4)

Choose any three:
ED 140. Introduction to Early Childhood Education (4) COCC Only
HDFS 201. *Contemporary Families in the U.S. (3)
HDFS 311. Infant and Child Development (4)
HDFS 312. Parenting Research and Application (4)
HDFS 313. Adolescent Development (4)
HDFS 331. Directed Experience in Early Childhood (3) Cascades Only
HDFS 431. Family, School, and Community Collaboration (3)
HDFS 432. Children and Youth With Special Needs (3)
HDFS 444. Family Violence and Neglect (4)
HDFS 447. *Families and Poverty (4)
HDFS 465. Topics in Human Development and Family Sciences (3)


* Baccalaureate Core Course (BCC)
^ Writing Intensive Course (WIC)

Option Code: 430