Bachelor of Arts

Know yourself. Understand others. If the science of the mind is intriguing to you, there is a great need in today’s world for careers in human services or social work. Get an interdisciplinary grounding at TU in psychology and sociology through studies in community processes, drug addictions and sciences of the mind. 

The Human Services Concentration offers an applied psychological and interdisciplinary understanding of personal and social problems often encountered in contemporary society, and it is designed primarily for students who intend to pursue careers in psychological and social service related fields. Through its combination of coursework, internship, and self-directed study, this program prepares students for immediate employment in a wide variety of helping professions, and serves as a foundation for admission to applied graduate study in the mental health and community service related fields.

Core Curriculum of the School of Arts & Sciences 49 hours
Psychology Major 24 hours
Concentration 24 hours

  • FOR423 Case Management 
  • FOR430 Crisis Intervention
  • PSY360 Introduction to Counseling
  • SCS450 Human Services Capstone 
  • SCS470 Internship I 

One of the following:

  • CSL430 Cultural Competence in Counseling 
  • SOC360 Multicultural Issues in Society (w) 

Two of the following: 

  • COM310 Human, Interpersonal and Small Group Communication 
  • COR420 Agency Management 
  • FOR365 Drugs and Society 
  • FOR485 Death and Dying 
  • PSY269 Human Sexuality 
  • PSY390 Special Topics 
  • PSY440 Comparative Psychotherapies and Therapeutic Techniques 
  • PSY445 Psychometrics 
  • SCS471 Internship II 
  • SOC310 Sociology of the Family 
  • SOC320 Community Sociology 
  • SOC361 Sociology of Gender 

Total BA hours 121-123

 

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.

On Campus - Offered in a 15-week semester format with start dates of January and August

Introduction to Professional Practices (PSY2013) - Majors in human services and psychology learn the career opportunities, problems, methods and thinking styles of professionals in their fields. Students participate in classroom debates on topics of current concern in modern psychology and human services, practice the writing style of the American Psychological Association and acquire effective methods for developing a professional résumé. Guest speakers, field trips and other out-of-class experiences expand students’ understanding of the diversity and challenges of modern behavioral science and practice. This is a writing intensive course.

Theories of Personality (PSY263) - An overview of historical and current theories regarding personality formation and development and methods of measuring personality characteristics. Psychodynamic, humanistic, behaviorist, trait and cognitive approaches are discussed.

Lifespan Development (PSY2653) - This course takes a life span approach in studying human development from conception through death. Students will examine the major theories and scientific research findings on our physical, cognitive, social and personality development.

  • Addictions or Mental Health Case Manager
  • Adoption Agencies
  • Child Development Specialist
  • Community Organizer
  • Cultural-Diversity Trainer
  • Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation Centers
  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • Foster Care Organizations
  • Graduate School
  • Head Start Programs
  • Hospice Centers
  • International Organizations
  • Mental Health Organizations
  • Nursing Homes
  • Program Evaluator
  • Psychoeducational Specialist
  • Research and People-Oriented Jobs in the Criminal Justice and Business Fields (e.g. Human Resources)
  • Residential Manager of Group Homes
  • Social Services Coordinator
  • Victim Services Organizations
  • Cuyahoga County
  • Mercy Health
  • New Directions Behaviorl Health
  • Offender Aid and Restoration of Arlington County, Inc

 

Faculty

Dr. Jonathan Appel
Dr. Jonathan Appel Professor of Psychology, Counseling & Criminal Justice / Director of Institutional...
Dr. Elizabeth Athaide-Victor
Dr. Elizabeth Athaide-Victor Professor of Forensic Psychology and Psychology
Dr. Fang-Mei Law
Dr. Fang-Mei Law Professor of Psychology & Criminal Justice
Dr. Erin Dean
Dr. Erin Dean Associate Professor & Chair for Main Campus Social Science Programs
Steven Borawski
Steven Borawski Program Chair, Online Bachelor and Graduate Social Science Programs
Dr. Steven Hurwitz
Dr. Steven Hurwitz Professor of Psychology & Criminal Justice / Washington Center Liaison
Dr. Matthew Bereza
Dr. Matthew Bereza Associate Professor of Psychology, Counseling & Latin American Studies

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