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Promise Yourself a Brighter Future
Completing a professional degree is a proven way to increase your potential in the workplace and to enhance your life satisfaction. At Quincy University, we understand the personal commitment you invest in your degree and the sacrifices you willingly make to reach your goals.

That's why we designed the Professional Studies program in Human Services with your needs and requirements in mind—so that "future perfect" doesn't have to mean "present tense."

The program gives students flexibility through a choice of two distinctive instructional approaches: the traditional face-to-face model or the new online program.

In the face-to-face model, accelerated courses meet one evening each week for three - four hours (or in an extended weekend format). Each semester consists of two eight-week sessions in which most students choose to complete two classes per session.

In the online program, students complete courses through asynchronous learning that fits their individual schedules, combined with online discussions that promote interaction
and feedback

Students in the Professional Studies program meet the requirements of full-time status through focused and concentrated study. Whether students gather in a classroom or collaborate through online activities, expert instructors draw upon the life and professional experiences of participants to create a dynamic and supportive learning community.

Your First Step Sets the Pace
Acting on your plans for the future is a major move, and you don't want to be slowed down by red tape or unanswered questions. That's why we've streamlined our transfer process to show you where you stand and to help you forge a clear path to your destination.

At Quincy University, we know that your previous academic work is valuable—and so is your time. Our Early Transcript Evaluation program matches your record to our curricula
to give you a simple yet detailed timeline for completing a degree at QU.

A Career with Variety and Value
The Professional Studies program in Human Services will prepare you for a broad range of careers in the social services or counseling. You will develop the knowledge and hone the skills that will allow you to contribute in a wide range of social service organizations and advocacy roles. Human Services graduates serve abused and neglected children, the elderly, victims of substance abuse, and young people in the juvenile justice system.

The major requires forty-eight hours of approved coursework in Human Services, including 12 hours of electives. Because Human Services is a wide-ranging field, you'll work with your advisor from day one to develop an individual degree plan to reflect your specialized interests. At every stage of your study, teachers and advisors who are experts in their fields will help you to apply your talents and expand your thinking.

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HMS 301 - Introduction to Professional Issues
Credit Hours: 3
Providing a comprehensive overview to the human services field, this course explores the complex political dimensions of providing services; summarizes current social policy; explores laws and ethics regulating human services; and surveys the range of services available through human services agencies.  Also introduces the students to current issues in the organization, funding, and delivery of human services.

HMS 304 - Lifespan Human Development
Credit Hours: 3
This course covers the psychological, social, physical, and cognitive stages of human development and identifies the client needs in each of the stages.  There is special emphasis on the role of individuals in families, relationships, and social structures on human development.

HMS 305 - Counseling Theory
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides an overview of current major approaches to counseling. Emphasis is on personality theories and their applications to the counseling practice.

HMS 306T - Counseling Techniques
Credit Hours: 3
This course teaches students basic communication and counseling skills. Students will be encouraged to practice and develop their own style of counseling by incorporating at least one theoretical orientation into their practice of counseling.

HMS 310T - Introduction to Appraisal of the Individual
Credit Hours: 3
This course presents an overview of the methods of assessing various attributes of a person including individual and group testing, observations, interviews and rating scales, and standardized assessment.

HMS 320 - Statistics & Research Methods for Human Service Professionals
Credit Hours: 3
This course enables students to effectively use current research in the field to make appropriate decisions by giving them a practical understanding of research designs and methodologies, data collection and interpretation strategies. Basic statistical concepts and techniques are also included. 

HMS 350 - Management Concepts and Principles
Credit Hours: 3
This course gives a conceptual overview of the common administrative practices in social service organizations, including Organizational Structure, Strategic planning, and Board development. Ethical and Legal Issues of agency management will also be covered.

HMS 401 - Group Dynamics and Counseling
Credit Hours: 3
In this course students will develop an understanding of group dynamics and roles of group members. Group leadership skills will be explored and developed. Equivalent to SWK 301.

HMS 403 - Life Style and Career Counseling
Credit Hours: 3
Students in this course will examine theories of career development and occupational choices. Areas to be included are lifestyle development and the changing social structures.

HMS 405 - Social and Cultural Issues
Credit Hours: 3
This course will focus on those issues which effect clients in the social services field such as ethnic diversity, poverty, subculture influences, and gender differences. Focus will also be paid to those issues found particularly in rural populations. Equivalent to SWK 300.

HMS 406 - Substance Abuse
Credit Hours: 3
This course will focus on the issues involved in working with those individuals involved in substance abuse. Special attention will be paid to recognizing a variety of substances and the symptoms demonstrated by those abusing these substances.  

HMS 407 - Family Dynamics/Counseling
Credit Hours: 3
Students in this course will be exposed to a variety of theories and techniques used in working with families. The emphasis will be on exploring family dynamics and developing the critical thinking skills needed to working with families. Equivalent to SWK 221.

HMS 411 - Ethical and Legal Issues in Human Services
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides an opportunity to explore the legal and ethical dilemmas encountered in the organization and delivery of human services in our society.

HMS 420 - Practicum
Credit Hours: 3
An individualized project/placement designed to give the student practical experience in their area of interest.

HMS 450 - Needs Assessment and Program Evaluation
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides the knowledge and skills needed to conduct community needs assessment, evaluate the results, make good decisions regarding new program development, and develop methods for evaluating the effectiveness of the programs.

HMS 451T - Budget, Finance & Grant Writing for Human Services Organizations
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to provide the human service administrator with the budget and finance concepts and skills necessary to work effectively with finance professionals within their organization. Basic grant writing skills will also be developed.

Program Requirements

Completing Your Journey
At QU, we help you to build on the foundation you have established in meeting the criteria for admission to the Professional Studies program:
  • A minimum age of 24 years with 7 or more years since high school graduation.
  • Completion of an applicable associate degree program or 60 transferable hours of college credit with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher.
To earn your bachelor's degree in Human Services, you'll add coursework to total a minimum graduation requirement of 124 credit hours, including six credit hours of theology or religion courses.

That total may include Credit for Academically Related Experience (CARE), which reflects achievement of learning objectives through practical or professional activities and accomplishments. Your advisor will guide you in applying for CARE and in selecting the courses that will complement your major field of study.

Career Options

Recent QU graduates of the Human Services program currently work with:
  • Public and private social service agencies
  • Federal, state, and local government
  • Group homes
  • Drug and alcohol rehabilitation centersreligiously affiliated organizations

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