Human Services Minor

Required Courses for the Human Services Minor

A student must successfully complete, at Fontbonne, a minimum of 50 percent of the credit hours required for the minor.

NOTE: For the courses with the same course number (i.e., SWK 100 and HUS 100) or the same course title (i.e., HUS 230 and SWK 231), a student will only select one of the two.

  • SOC 100

    Survey of Sociology

    3 credits

    An examination of the definition, scope, and basic concepts of sociology; scientific approach to the study of society; practical application of concepts learned.

  • HUS 100

    History and Politics of Human Services

    3 Credits
    Surveys the historical development and political dynamics
    of human service agencies. Students analyze effectiveness
    of human service organizations at meeting people’s needs.
  • SWK 100

    Introduction to Social Work

    3 credits

    This course introduces students to the profession of social
    work and its fields of practice. It provides an introduction
    to social work theories, values, and skills and defines how
    generalist social workers use their professional expertise
    to help people solve a variety of problems and improve
    their lives. The history of social work and its linkage to
    social justice
    issues and social welfare policy will be explored.

  • HUS 230

    Interviewing and Counseling

    3 credits

    An introduction to basic counseling techniques with
    emphasis on problem solving, solution-oriented methods,
    and psychosocial assessment.

  • SWK 231

    Interviewing and Counseling

    3 credits

    An introduction to interviewing and basic counseling
    techniques and theory. Emphasis on skill development,
    observation, human interaction, and the art of information
    gathering. Students will explore the field of professional
    counseling, enhanced therapeutic communication, and
    social history assessment.

  • HUS 315

    Advocacy and Case Management

    3 credits

    Skill development in the area of advocacy and case
    management. The bio-psychosocial approach will be
    utilized for problem identification, assessment, treatment
    planning, therapeutic intervention, and case monitoring.
    Attention will also be given to crisis intervention and
    problem-solving counseling with high-risk populations.

  • SWK 431

    Advocacy and Case Management

    3 credits

    The study of theories and application of generalist
    professional practice skills for advocacy work and case
    management in the social service sector. Systems theory,
    bio-psychosocial, person-in-environment, and strengths
    perspective will be utilized for problem identification,
    assessment, resource development, treatment planning,
    therapeutic intervention, and case monitoring. Course
    content will include the National Association of Social
    Workers professional credentials for certified social work
    case managers (C-SWCM). Prerequisite: Junior and
    senior status.

  • HUS 390

    Human Service Administration

    3 credits

    Presents principles and practice of human service
    management. Areas of emphasis include environments of
    human services agencies, planning and program design,
    organization design, managing human resources,
    supervisory relationship, finances, and program goals.

  • SWK 380

    Strategies for Evaluating Social Service Programs

    3 credits

    This course will explore research skills and resource
    information that will be useful in conducting program
    evaluations. It will focus on understanding and using
    research and evaluation methods in the interpretation and
    improvement of social work practice. The primary
    purpose of this course is to guide students to the
    knowledge and skills needed to evaluate their own
    practice and the effectiveness of social service programs.
    Students will analyze evaluations of the effectiveness of a
    variety of programs through exercises and case studies.

  • SWK 480

    Social Service Administration

    3 credits

    This course presents principles and practice of social
    service management. Areas of emphasis include
    environments of social service agencies, planning and
    program design, organizational design, managing human
    resources, supervisory relationship, finances, and program
    goals.
    Prerequisite: Junior or senior status.

  • SWK 331

    Group Counseling

    3 credits

    Focuses on the basic issues and key concepts of group
    process for effective group facilitation with a variety of
    populations.

  • SWK 472

    The Study of Addictions

    3 credits

    A bio-psychosocial approach to the study of addictions.
    This course offers an overview of addictions including
    definition, drug use patterns, and treatment needs among
    diverse populations, strategies in screening, assessment,
    and treatment. Current research, ethics, health promotion,
    and prevention will be integrated throughout the course.
    Prerequisite: Junior and senior status.

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