Bachelor of Science in Human Services


Today's job market requires graduates to be more than just experts in their fields.  They need to be able to apply and adapt a wide array of skills and experiences to fit changing business needs.  To make sure our students have the knowledge and skills they need to compete in a competitive job market, our human services curriculum has four main components.

Major Courses: Focus and Depth

These courses provide an opportunity to understand the human services field in greater depth.  In short, these are the "nuts and bolts" courses you'll need to land a job in the area of human services.

General Education Core

As a career-oriented university with a strong tradition in the liberal arts, Post University is committed to providing you with a firm foundation in the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. The general education core at Post University provides you with the ability to make connections across disciplines so you're better prepared to respond to a diverse and constantly changing global marketplace.

The ability to choose those courses that pique your interest is an important feature of the Post General Education Core.  Take a look below at the many options available to you.

Leadership Course

At Post, we are committed to preparing students to be successful in their careers and stand out among their peers. A critical element of this learning process is a leadership course that includes an interdisciplinary perspective on foundations underlying all organizations. These include management, leadership, domestic and international economics, ethics, social responsibility, entrepreneurship, marketing, e-commerce, information technology, human resource management, accounting, investments, money and personal finances. The skills learned are essential for success in any career, whether in a for-profit or non-profit business, or government organization. The ability to apply the principles learned in this course will help set Post University students apart as leaders in their fields.

Career and Self-Awareness Core

To be successful in life, people need to understand who they are and what they want to achieve.  Our career program offers seminar classes designed to help students enhance self-awareness, build confidence and develop a strong sense of direction.

This collection of short courses offered during your academic studies is intended to provide you with the experiences to become a self-aware, lifelong learner.  These courses include personal assessment tools with detailed diagnostic feedback including specific career information, computer simulations, self-study exercises as well as in-class discussion and discovery.  All of these activities are supported in the classroom and online through interactive exercises, using a new individualized, career-based resource program available only at Post University.

Internship and Cooperative Education Opportunities

At Post, students can take advantage of a robust internship program and co-op opportunities where they have opportunities to participate in real-life work situations related to their field of study before they graduate. 

Our program can give Post students a real edge over their competition. Not only do they get a chance to put their classroom learning to the test, but they also get opportunities to meet prospective employers, network with people in their field, test-drive their intended career, and build their resumes with concrete examples of how they've made the connection between theory and practice.

B.S. in Human Services Curriculum

General Education 60 crs
Common Core 12 crs
ENG110 College Writing


College Writing - 3 Credits

This course is designed to develop and refine the analytical/critical reading skills and the substantive writing skills of freshmen.  This intensive writing class will focus on writing essays of varying length and expose students to the various rhetorical modes of writing that will contribute to their success in university courses and their chosen careers.

3 crs
ENG120 College Writing II


College Writing II - 3 Credits

College Writing II looks to expand upon the writing skills attained in ENG110. As a student-centered course, students explore their own writing in peer, group, and self-review skill sessions. Students enhance self-editing skills and increase awareness of the revision skills needed in both college coursework and in careers. The course will further develop students' understanding of the writing process from pre-writing to final draft. This course encourages students to have their writing evaluated across the curriculum. The course culminates in a research essay and portfolio of original work.

Pre-requisite: ENG110.

    Prerequisite: ENG110
3 crs
COM107 Introduction to Communications


Introduction to Communication - 3 credits

This course presents the basics of human communication and provides an overview of the skills that are needed in the 21st century to become a competent communicator.   Students will recognize the important processes of communication such as speaking, listening, media literacy, computer- mediated communication, culture sensitivity, workplace communication, group dynamics, and critical thinking. Ultimately students will develop and illustrate their public speaking skills by presenting three speeches while also incorporating multimedia tools.

3 crs
CIS112 Introduction to Computing


Introduction to Computing - 3 Credits

This course strives to meet the high level of computer literacy required of all students earning a degree from the university. Special emphasis is placed on the ethical use of computer technology for information analysis and communications. Computer units introduce the Internet, Windows, word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software. Students who feel they have attained computer literacy and earn 70 percent on an exemption exam may substitute any other 3-credit course for this core requirement. 

Students may prove competency by passing a waiver examination.  No credit is granted if the requirement is waived.

    Students may prove competency by passing a waiver examination. No credit is granted if the requirement is waived.
3 crs
Liberal Arts 24 crs
History Elective 3 crs
PHL203 Ethics


Ethics - 3 Credits

This course includes an analysis of some of the major classical and contemporary ethical theories. Topics include ethical relativism, ethical absolutism, egoism, natural law, utilitarianism, and situation ethics. Application of ethical theories to moral issues in our society are discussed. Issues of pornography, abortion, euthanasia, affirmative action, capital punishment, and environmental issues may also be discussed.

3 crs
Social Science Elective 3 crs
Performance, Written, or Fine Arts Elective 3 crs
Elective 3 crs
Elective 3 crs
Elective 3 crs
Elective 3 crs
Math 6 crs
MAT105 Quantitative Methods


Quantitative Methods - 3 Credits

This course surveys topics in elementary algebra, personal finance, probability, and statistics. Topics include solving algebraic equations, solving ratio and proportion problems, applications involving percentage and interest, applying the definition of probability, measures of central tendency, descriptive statistics, frequency distributions, graphical representation of data, and applications of the normal distribution. Topics focus on real-life situations, decision making skills, and problem solving. Some working knowledge of elementary algebra is expected. Course requires subscription to a supplementary online program. Scientific or graphing calculator strongly recommended.

MAT120 College Algebra


College Algebra - 3 Credits

This course provides a deeper understanding of the concepts of algebra including function applications, inequalities in two variables, matrix operations, linear programming, quadratic and polynomial applications, and solving rational and radical equations. Course requires subscription to a supplementary online program.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of two years of High School Algebra or the equivalent.

3 crs
MAT220 Statistics I


Statistics - 3 Credits

This course offers students an opportunity to experience statistics as it would occur in various settings. Topics are presented through real life case studies and include an overview of the fundamentals of statistics, collective and descriptive statistical techniques, data collection and sampling, the normal distribution and probability, hypothesis testing, population inferences, simple linear regression, and correlation. An understanding of basic algebra is required. Course requires subscription to a supplementary online program. Scientific or graphing calculator and access to a spreadsheet program is recommended.

3 crs
Science 3 crs
Open Electives 15 crs
Leadership Course 3 crs
LCS105 Elements of Organizations


Elements of Organization - 3 Credits

Students need a basic understanding of how organizations work in order to manage their personal and professional lives. This course provides an interdisciplinary perspective on the foundations underlying all organizations (businesses, non-profit and governmental organizations) specifically as they relate to the nature of: management and leadership, economics both domestically and internationally, ethics, social responsibility, entrepreneurship, human resource management, marketing/advertising, e-commerce, information technology, accounting, investments, money and personal finances.

3 crs
Major, Core and Concentrations 51 crs
Designated Writing Course 3 crs
HSV450 Senior Seminar in Human Services Administration


Senior Seminar in Human Services - 3 Credits

This is a capstone course in which students will apply their knowledge and professional development during their college experience to the design, planning and writing of a scholarly human services course paper. Students will be required to complete a senior-level composition based on a scholarly investigation in a selected area of human services which will be presented and discussed in a seminar format.

Prerequisite: Completion of HSV101

    Prerequisite: Completion of HSV101
3 crs
Major Core 27 crs
HSV101 Introduction to Human Services


Introduction to Human Services - 3 Credits

This course studies the history of the theory and practice of social welfare. It examines the development and function of social work services in residential treatment, income maintenance, psychiatric services, correctional services, medical services, services for the aged, and community services.

3 crs
HSV200 Intervention Methods of Human Services


Intervention Methods of Human Services - 3 credits

This course is an introduction to the theories, principles, and skills of the generic helping process in social work practice. Students learn how to engage a client, along with assessment, treatment planning, intervention, and follow-up as applied to individuals and families.

Prerequisites: HSV101 and at least 3 additional hours in Human Services

    Prerequisite: HSV101 and at least 3 additional hours in Human Services
3 crs
HSV260 Social Welfare


Social Welfare - 3 Credits

This course examines human needs and the resources made available to assist families and individuals in need. The historical and philosophical roots of social welfare from ancient cultures to contemporary America are considered. The course provides an analysis of social welfare systems including their basic concepts and economic and political determinants.

Cross listed with SOC260.

    Cross listed with SOC260
3 crs
HSV364 Human Behavior in Social Env.


Human Behavior in the Social Environment - 3 Credits

This course traces the development of human behavior in primary groups throughout the life cycle. It follows maturational, emotional, cognitive, and social systems theory from early life development through childhood, adolescence, and adulthood into old age, with a focus on the individual and primary groups.

Cross listed with SOC364.

    Cross listed with SOC364
3 crs
HSV400 Ethical/Legal Issues in Human Services


Ethical and Legal Issues in Human Services - 3 Credits

This course surveys ethical, legal, and professional issues facing human service practitioners. The course is designed to teach a process of ethical decision-making and to increase awareness of the moral and legal complexities in the field of human services. It includes consideration of the human service worker's ethical responsibilities to clients, colleagues, practice settings, and the profession.

Prerequisite: HSV 101 or permission of instructor

    Prerequisite: HSV101 or permission of instructor
3 crs
HSV405 Human Service Administration


Human Service Administration - 3 Credits

This course introduces students to the principles of Human Service administration. Emphasis is on the basic skills required to effectively manage agency staff and other resources in human service organizational settings. The focus of the course is on the unique needs of human service managers in planning, organizing, budgeting, and supervising their programs and organizations within an every-changing social environment.

Prerequisite: HSV 101 or permission of the instructor.

    Prerequisite: HSV101 or permission of the instructor
3 crs
** HSV460/461 Human Services Practicum I & II

HSV460 & HSV461

Human Services Practicum - 6 Credits

This course provides prospective human services workers with an opportunity to learn experientially at a human service agency in the community. The focus of this internship is for the student to learn how an agency functions and experience being a part of that agency. Students are required to complete 180 agency hours in HSV 460 and 180 agency hours in HSV 461. Human Services majors are required to complete internships at two separate agencies.

You must speak with your academic advisor as well as the Career Services Office before registering.

    You must speak with your academic advisor as well as the Career Services Office before registering
6 crs
HSV/PSY/SOC341 Research Methodology


Research Methods for the Social Sciences - 3 Credits

This course emphasizes the methods and techniques for research in psychology and sociology, including both laboratory and survey techniques. Emphasis is placed on the development of empirical questions from theory, research design and control, construction of survey instruments, statistical analysis and interpretation of results. Exercises include development of an original research project appropriate to the students' major field.

Prerequisites: MAT220, and either PSY102 or SOC340

3 crs
Directed Electives (Selected under advisement) 6 crs
Concentration 15 crs
Career and Self-Awareness 6 crs
CSA101 College Success Seminar


Exploring Self: Inside Out - 3 credits

This course will focus on self-discovery and interaction with others to provide learners with the foundation for examining and further developing their own personal effectiveness. An environment of trust will be built within the class to enable individual and collective openness, discovery, and engagement in personal learning. The course will use experiential learning, personal reflection, and group interaction as primary approaches. This is a hybrid course, with classroom interaction time blended with online learning and interaction through the Blackboard learning management system.

3 crs
CSA260 Professional Success Seminar


Professional Success Seminar - 1 credits

This course will enable students to develop their own individualized plans for personal, academic, and career success. Students will engage in self-evaluation exercises and highly interactive classroom activities to evaluate their own “fit” for certain careers. Students will also participate in resume and cover letter writing activities to prepare for the experiential learning of the next course. Students will establish short-term career goals and begin a career portfolio to be refined during successive semesters.

1 cr
CSA400 Career Capstone


Career Capstone - 2 credits

This course is the culmination of the career and self-awareness series, a comprehensive program for career and life planning. The course prepares students for a transition from university life to independent work life. Students will learn valuable financial and money management skills. Students will explore life balance issues, life roles, and self-concept as they relate to their future plans. Students will explore employment issues, such as the changing nature of work, diversity, trends, and job outlook. The course will require students to engage in networking and a job search with the goal of employment upon graduation. In addition, students who are seeking to enter graduate school will engage in the application process, including interviewing practice, and admissions essay writing.

Prerequisite: CSA260

    Prerequisite: CSA260
2 crs
Grand Total 120 crs


Counseling Concentration 15 crs
HSV301 Interviewing Methods


Interviewing Methods – 3 Credits

This course provides an opportunity to learn basic communication skills and interviewing techniques essential for working with people. An emphasis is placed on developing skills in listening, intake, assessment and evaluation, referral and report writing. Case studies will be used to explore typical presenting problems and appropriate responses.

3 crs
HSV303 Introduction to Counseling


Introduction to Counseling – 3 Credits

This course provides an introduction to the basic principles, skills, methods and techniques employed in the counseling process. The focus is on establishing rapport, developing a therapeutic alliance, assessment, conceptualizing strategies for intervention, and the planning and delivering counseling services. The course will also promote exploration into personal values and professional ethics.

3 crs
HSV309 Theories of Counseling


Theories of Counseling – 3 Credits

This course will introduce the student to the basic concepts, theories and approaches that are applied to human services counseling. Students will compare and contrast the various theories that impact contemporary counseling including analytic, experiential, relational, action-oriented and systems approaches.

3 crs
HSV330 Group Counseling


Group Counseling – 3 Credits

This course presents a theoretical foundation for group process and counseling techniques. Students are introduced to the skills and requirements needed for effective group counseling including communication, leadership, problem solving, decision-making, and establishing group membership, norms and goals.

3 crs
HSV368 Crisis Intervention


Crisis Intervention - 3 Credits

This course provides an introduction to the concepts and strategies of crisis theory and practice carried out in a social-psychological and cultural framework. Effective crisis management is explored to learn how people feel, think, and behave during periods of crisis, and what strategies and resources are available to them.

3 crs


Criminal Justice Concentration 15 crs
CRJ101 Introduction to Criminal Justice


Introduction to Criminal Justice - 3 Credits

The student will be introduced to the American Criminal Justice System from the perspective of the criminal justice professional. The course examines the historical development and role of the police, prosecution, corrections, probation, parole, and rehabilitation.

3 crs
CRJ103 Introduction to Corrections


Introduction to Corrections - 3 Credits

This course studies the history of corrections, including imprisonment and other forms of punishment, both institutional and non-institutional. The philosophy and rationale for various sentencing alternatives are considered.

3 crs
CRJ331 Community Corrections


Community Corrections - 3 Credits

This course surveys the origins and development of contemporary practices in probation, parole, and other forms of community corrections, including the impact of these practices on other elements of the criminal justice system.

Prerequisite: CRJ103.

    Prerequisite: CRJ103
3 crs
Criminal Justice Elective    3 crs
Criminal Justice Elective    3 crs


Human Services Management Concentration  15 crs
MGT105 Principles of Management


Principles of Management - 3 Credits

This course is an introduction to the principles of management examining their application in public and private, profit and non-profit organizations. Students will explore the areas of employee motivation, group behavior, leadership, strategic planning, organizational design, and career opportunities. Fundamental concepts of management, effective communication competency, ethical dilemmas faced by managers and corporate social responsibility will be explored.

3 crs
MGT201 Human Resource Management


Human Resource Management - 3 Credits

This course includes the presentation, analysis, and discussion of the specific functions of a Human Resources Department, including human relations knowledge and skills vital to the success of any Human Resources manager. Students will explore the standards of performance that are expected of managers, subordinates, and the organization with a special emphasis on the supportive relationships needed between employees and their organizations. This course also will explore a number of contemporary and controversial issues related to Human Resource Management.

Prerequisite: MGT105

    Prerequisite: MGT105
3 crs
MGT350 Public Management


Public Management - 3 Credits

This course studies the management of public organizations/government at the local, state, and federal levels. Emphasis is on the transferability of traditional business management skills to the public sector. There is discussion of evolving career opportunities with emphasis on the variety of educational programs in public management.

Prerequisite: MGT105.

    Prerequisite: MGT105
3 crs
MGT405 Organization Behavior


Organizational Behavior - 3 Credits

This course includes the study of individual and small group behavior in organizations and the interpretation of this behavior in the context of the managerial environment. Students will explore the nature of such concepts as influence, power and control, attitudes, communication, conflict, and interpersonal relations as a means of understanding of the dynamics of group behavior.

Prerequisite: MGT105.

    Prerequisite: MGT105
3 crs
MGT Elective 3 crs


Psychology - Health, Education and Community Services Concentration 15 crs
PSY101 Fundamentals of Psychology I


Fundamentals of Psychology I - 3 Credits

This course examines the nature of psychology as a social and behavioral science. It surveys fundamental areas in behavior including research in psychology, the brain and behavior, learning, human development and socialization, intelligence, personality, health psychology, and social psychology.

3 crs
PSY102 Fundamentals of Psychology II


Fundamentals of Psychology II - 3 Credits

This course is a continuation of the concepts introduced in PSY101. It surveys such areas as sensation and perception, states of consciousness, memory, motivation and emotion, thinking and language, psychological disorders, and treatment of psychological disorders.

Prerequisite: PSY101.

    Prerequisite: PSY101
3 crs
PSY306 Abnormal Psychology


Abnormal Psychology - 3 Credits

This course examines the major theories of psychopathology. For each theory treated, consideration is given to the definition of abnormality, supportive research data, classification systems, and suggested intervention strategies.

Prerequisite: PSY101 and Junior class standing

    Prerequisite: PSY101 and Junior class standing
3 crs
PSY201 Child Development


Child Development - 3 Credits

This course emphasizes the psychological development of the child from birth to adolescence. Consideration is given to data, theories, and methods of studying child behavior. Emphasis is placed upon the general characteristics of various stages of development and upon general determinants of the developmental process.

Prerequisite: PSY101

3 crs
PSY260 Educational Psychology


Educational Psychology - 3 Credits

This survey course introduces students to the ways in which psychological aspects of the learning process are investigated and applied. Among the topics addressed are: research in educational psychology; student characteristics; applications of psychological theories to the development of instructional techniques; evaluating student performance; and special education.

Prerequisite: PSY101

3 crs


Sociology Health & Community Services Concentration 15 crs
SOC101 Principles of Sociology


Principles of Sociology - 3 Credits

This course is an introduction to the basic concepts in Sociology and an analysis of culture, socialization, stratification, social organization, class, social interaction, social change, and conflict.

3 crs
SOC211 Sociology of Marriage and the Family


Sociology of Marriage and the Family - 3 Credits

This course studies the family as an institution: its structures, problems, functions, and changing patterns in an historical and cross-cultural perspective.

Prerequisite: SOC101.

    Prerequisite: SOC101
3 crs
SOC301 Social Problems


Social Problems - 3 Credits

This course is an in-depth study of the major problems confronting society. Some of the problems studied include crime and violence, sexual inequalities and discrimination, health and illness, poverty and affluence, population and pollution, and crises in the institutions of the family, religion, economics, education, and the political system.

Prerequisite: SOC101.

    Prerequisite: SOC101
3 crs
SOC317 Alcohol & Drugs


Alcohol & Drugs - 3 Credits

This course is concerned with the use patterns, distribution, and social control of drugs and alcohol in modern society. Special emphasis is given to heavy alcohol and drug usage and its impact on such areas as the family, health, crime and delinquency, and work. Cross-cultural comparisons are considered together with intra-cultural factors such as socio-economic patterns, ethnicity, gender, and urbanization. The approach is interdisciplinary and includes contributions from anthropology, social psychology, as well as sociology.

Prerequisite: SOC101.

    Prerequisite: SOC101
3 crs
SOC324 Deviant Behavior


Deviant Behavior - 3 Credits

This course presents “deviance” as endemic to society. Consideration is given to processes of social labeling and stigmatization of “deviant” persons and groups, the development of “deviant” identity, together with an examination of the theories of social organization and disorganization which seek to explain “deviant” behavior.

Prerequisite: SOC101.

    Prerequisite: SOC101
3 crs


** Requires Prior Approval

Universities regularly make changes to the curriculum in order to offer quality and relevant degrees.  Post University reserves the right to change the curriculum at any time.  Any changes to the curriculum will be published as soon as the changes have been approved.