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

    3credits

    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

    3credits

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

  • SWK 231

    Interviewing and Counseling

    3credits

    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

    3credits

    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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