BA in Human Services

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This program is designed to prepare students for entrance into various fields of Human Services in response to the individual’s desire and calling to meet human needs. Approved 8.30.2018.

Objectives

Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:
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    Integrate Christian principles in critical thinking and problem solving.
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    Exhibit competency in general education subjects.
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    Develop interpersonal and communication skills.
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    Apply assistance and services as appropriate to human need and situations.

GENERAL EDUCATION CORE49 HOURS

Refer to the General Education core for the specific courses that fulfill each elective requirement.

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    Designed to support students experiencing academic, personal, and spiritual transition to Ohio Christian University. Academic advising, finances, time management, study skills, and resources available to students. Overview of what new students can expect from a university experience. Acclimation to the unique OCU community environment.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisites: None
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    Developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle for achieving individual potential in all dimensions of wellness. Includes creation of short- and long-term fitness goals and fitness assessment activities for healthy habits. Required for all students.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisites: None
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    Weekly chapel services and other events designed to integrate spiritual, academic, and community life, and to engage the campus community in worship, biblically rooted teaching, and a deepening relationship with Jesus Christ.
     
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    Classroom introduction to the Christian Service program, including the rationale, policies, and procedures for Christian Service at Ohio Christian University, and field engagement in approved service learning experiences, including ministry and response to the needs of the community.
     
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    Field engagement in approved service learning experiences, including ministry and response to the needs of the community. This course does not have a scheduled class time. To earn credit, students independently arrange service opportunities with the approval of the Christian Service instructor, and submit online reports.
     

SF100 and CS071 requirements are prorated in certain instances.

REASONING SKILLS7 HOURS

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    Mathematics Elective3
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    Science Elective4

COMMUNICATION SKILLS 9 HOURS

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    An introductory study of composition emphasizing writing as a process (prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing). Assignments focus on the different styles and uses of argument. Students gain and refine skills of developing a thesis, organizing content, controlling tone, and expressing ideas in clearly communicated language. In addition, students conduct library research and incorporate researched material into papers using APA format.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    An intermediate course designed to extend and refine students’ expository and creative writing experiences. Student writing will reflect university-level writing skills, such as principles of logical/critical thinking and reasoning, effective organization, APA research and documentation, and content-rich development of ideas.
    Offered: Spring Recommended: LA101
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    Communication Elective3

SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES 6 HOURS

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    A comprehensive survey of the field of psychology, including historical and theoretical foundations, with special emphasis on contemporary scientific research and empirical applications, within a Christian perspective and a biopsychosocial approach.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    The scientific study of society, institutions, and group interaction, with focus on the sociological imagination and core theories. Topics include the sociological perspective, the individual in society, stratification and social inequality, social intuitions, human ecology, and social change, with special attention to issues of diversity.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None

HUMANITIES 11 HOURS

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    Fine Arts Elective(s)2
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    Literature Elective3
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    History Elective3
Choose one of the following:
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    Overview of philosophical vocabulary and concepts, and a historical survey of the development of western philosophy. Basic understanding of the main currents in western thought and their relationships to each other.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    Introduction to logic and ethics including methodologies for applying those disciplines in Christian ministry and other vocations. Induction and deduction, principles of clean statement and valid reasoning, and fallacies. Moral theories of philosophical schools and their relationship to the development of a biblical ethic.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None

GENERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVE3 HOURS

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    Psychological and social processes that characterize effective leadership. Biblical leadership models and current leadership concepts and theories. Positive and negative characteristics of leadership and the psychological principles of followership. Discovery of personal leadership and followership styles of the individual students.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None

BIBLICAL LITERATURE, RELIGION, AND THEOLOGY 11 HOURS

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    Introduction to the New Testament narrative and teachings that constitute the Gospel message about Jesus Christ. Special attention to the narratives found within the four Gospels, their relationship to one another and the Book of Acts. Basic instruction in inductive Bible study method. Note: NT102 is a prerequisite for all other New Testament courses.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    Introduction to the Old Testament narrative with special attention to the Torah (the first five books). Emphasis on historical backgrounds, origins of the Israelite nation, and Hebrew worship. Note: OT101 is a prerequisite for all other Old Testament courses.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    Introduction to worldview and a survey of the plurality of worldviews in western culture. Special attention to the Christian worldview and how competing worldviews challenge and reinforce it. Basic instruction in creedal Christianity assists students in understanding and embracing the uniqueness of Christianity, enabling more effective communication of the Christian faith.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisite: None
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    The Christian experience of spiritual redemption and sanctification examined in the light of its scriptural foundations as taught by theologians within the Wesleyan/Armenian tradition. Designed for non-religion majors.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisites: TH100, OT101, NT102

HUMAN SERVICES MAJOR44 HOURS

HUMAN SERVICES 11 HOURS

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    Impact of substance abuse on the family system. Intervention and recovery models for addicted persons and the total family, including developmental tasks and special needs of addicted adolescents.
    Offered: Fall, odd semester Prerequisite: CD101
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    Fundamental concepts of human services with a biblical worldview of addictions, criminology, family studies, psychology, and sociology. Students develop a personalized view of the helping professions.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    The structure of public and private services and institutions and how these can be best utilized to serve general, at-risk, and vulnerable populations.
    Offered: Spring, even semester Prerequisite: HS100
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    Professional ethics in the field of Human Services with primary attention to the Code of Ethical Standards for Human Services Professionals.
    Offered: Spring, even semester Prerequisite: None
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    Theoretical and practical application of the skills and techniques that advance the needs of culturally diverse client communities, including a plan of advocacy for services from various agencies and institutions. Students identify an issue or problem, develop an action plan, and complete sufficient research to produce a final project that incorporates an understanding of the Code of Ethical Standards for Human Services Professionals.
    Offered: On demand Prerequisites: HS200, HS400, HS410 or equivalent
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    This capstone course offers the student opportunity to learn in a supervised field experience. The course includes seminars, small group experiences, research papers, written verbatim work and lectures by professional resource persons. The practicum setting includes venues such as prisons, mental health clinics, mental hospitals, general hospitals, and community and church-related counseling centers.
    Offered: On demand Prerequisites: PS114, PS225, PS311, PS321, PS323, PS404, Approval of Psychology Department Chair

HUMAN SERVICES ELECTIVE 3 HOURS

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    Ethical codes for professional counselors and substance abuse counselors that inform and shape the conduct of those who provide services. The ethical decision-making process is applied to case studies.
    Offered: Spring, odd semester Prerequisite: PS102, CD101
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    Human services policies and the legislative and private sector processes of policy formation and the ways in which public policy is made, with emphasis on the role of advocacy campaigns, and the influence of policy analysis.
    Offered: Fall, even semester Prerequisite: HS100
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    Techniques for measuring personality preferences and temperament styles (among other constructs) with the opportunity to cultivate self-awareness during the process. Use of assessment instruments and personal evaluation, including goals and values, to document a student profile. Insights to the field of psychology and its various entities and career possibilities.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    Skills for small group construction, application, and research, including group observation and analysis.
    Offered: Spring, odd semester Prerequisite: PS323
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    Basic family organization from courtship through the adjustments of the family in the modern home, within a Christian perspective, including development of the full potential of our human sexuality.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisites: SO101, PS102

CRIMINAL JUSTICE 3 HOURS

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    Overview of the criminal justice system: law enforcement, prosecution, courts, corrections, and security. Includes views from psychology, sociology, and criminology, and a Christian worldview. Students develop a personalized view of criminology and restorative justice.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None

CRIMINAL JUSTICE ELECTIVES6 HOURS

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    The functions, operations, and decision-making in the judicial process in the United States, including an analysis of the role of courts and the function and responsibilities of the key personnel within them.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: CJ101
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    The role of the victim and the relationship between victims and offenders in criminology. The historic and current treatment of victims and dilemmas faced by victims. Theodicy as a model for personal understanding and communication with victims.
    Offered: Spring, odd semester Prerequisite: CJ101
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    Fundamental principles and practices of law and their impacts on criminal justice. Dynamic interaction between individuals, criminal justice, and society in the context of Christian ethics and proper conduct.
    Offered: Fall, odd semester Prerequisite: CJ101

HUMAN RESOURCES3 HOURS

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    Human resources management and its contributions to well-run organizations, including individual and group dynamics and the impact of human behavior on the organizational culture, climate, and structure of an organization.
    Offered: Spring, even semester Prerequisite: MG215

PSYCHOLOGY 3 HOURS

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    Introduction to the scope of viewpoints about personality development. How to analyze the dynamics of personality with application in the therapeutic process of counseling.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: PS102

PSYCHOLOGY ELECTIVES9 HOURS

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    An introduction to statistics in the behavioral sciences and everyday life. Conceptual and mathematical understanding of statistics. Descriptive and inferential statistics are explored through simple statistical computations and more complex analysis. Students become more aware consumers of statistics through critical analysis of statistical findings.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    Application of diverse perspectives to psychological research and practice. Importance of diversity in psychological sub-disciplines. Approaches for serving underserved groups, with application of current theory and research.
    Offered: Fall, even semester Prerequisite: None
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    A concentrated look at the behavioral approach to counseling and human development. This course provides practical knowledge and experience with a critique from the Christian viewpoint.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: SO101, PS102
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    A holistic study of the individual from conception through death. Biological, psychological and social aspects of all stages of life. Integration of biblical perspective as applied to the stages of development.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: SO101, PS102
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    Social group influences on individual behavior. Behavioral expressions such as aggression, prejudice, attitude changes, and affiliation from the viewpoints of social science and Scripture.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: PS102, SO101
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    Abnormal behavior from various theoretical perspectives, including analysis of causation of behavioral abnormality and methods of therapy.
    Offered: Fall, odd semester Prerequisite: SO101, PS311

SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELING 3 HOURS

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    Basic information for substance abuse counselors including history, models and theories of substance abuse, and the psychological, biological, social, and spiritual effects on the addicted person and family members.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None

SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELING ELECTIVE3 HOURS

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    Prevention models for substance use, abuse, and dependence, with consideration of the needs of various groups.
    Offered: Fall, odd semester Prerequisite: CD101
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    Spiritual dynamics that impact the counseling process in a positive or negative manner. Common themes that counselors, chemical dependency, and pastors encounter, including forgiveness, reconciliation, and hope, viewed through a Christian worldview. Recovery group models are examined.
    Offered: Spring, odd semester Prerequisite: PS102, CD101, PC201
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    Chemical Dependency Elective3

ELECTIVES27 HOURS

Students may combine elective courses within the Human Services major with the 27-hour free elective block to achieve up to two minors.

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