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Are you the person friends turn to for advice? Have you been a role model for younger students? Do you enjoy knowing that you have made a positive difference in the lives of other people?

If you seek a career that offers the chance to assist individuals and improve the quality of life in your community, the Quincy University Human Services program can give you the start you need.

The Human Services curriculum will prepare you to master the theories that underlie the work of social service professionals and to become proficient in the best practices of the profession. You'll also become familiar with the political, economic, legal, and ethical issues in the field.

Your coursework will include the study of counseling theories and techniques, family dynamics, group dynamics, and the role of leadership in organizational change. You'll learn the tools of the field, including case management, statistics and research methods, appraisal and psychological testing, needs assessment and program evaluation.

High Demand
Job opportunities in the human services are projected to increase in the next decade. Your education at QU, rooted in the rigorous study of the liberal arts and the Franciscan tradition of concern and respect for each individual, can set you apart in this dynamic field.

Applying Theories, Changing Lives
The faculty of the QU Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences enjoy the respect of community leaders, and our tradition of collaboration through internships and practicum placements assures you of valuable opportunities. Students in the behavioral and social sciences have interned at the following locations:
Blessing Hospital
Transitions of Western Illinois
Quincy Public Schools
Hannibal Regional Hospital
Recovery Resource
Department of Children and Family Services

Professional Advantage
Your instructors combine advanced degrees in their fields with many years of successful experience in various human services occupations. Faculty members have been carefully chosen for their expertise, their gift for teaching, and their commitment to individualized education in the Franciscan tradition. Their excellence—plus the small class sizes for which QU is known—will enable you to receive the prompt feedback and targeted advice that promote optimal achievement.

Contact Us

Dr. Wendy Beller
Chair, Division of Behavioral & Social Sciences
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: 217-228-5432 Ext. 3030


HMS 110    Introduction to Human Services
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides an introduction to the theoretical perspectives, social, political, and economic policies, and legal and ethical issues involved in the field of Human Services. Students will learn about the variety of human service agencies and the types and delivery of various human services.

HMS 205    Lifestyle and Career Development
Credit Hours: 3
This course covers lifelong career development processes and the influences on them that lead to work values and decision-making styles, occupational choices and patterns of work adjustment, the creation of a career pattern and identity, and the integration of roles, self- and career-identity.

HMS 300    Statistics and Research Methods for Social Sciences
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides students with the statistical and methodological principles and tools that will give them a practical understanding of research design and methodologies, data collection, statistical analysis, and research interpretation.

HMS 305    Counseling Theory
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides an overview of current major approaches to counseling and psychotherapy. The varied theories regarding development of personality, psychological health, and psychological dysfunction will be presented.

HMS 315    Counseling Techniques
Credit Hours: 3
This course covers diagnosis, intervention strategies, and counseling skills. The theoretical foundations and professional skills training provided in this course should enable the student to understand clients’ problems more fully and accurately and to intervene more effectively. Prerequisite: HMS 305. (Same as PSY 315)

HMS 321    Professional, Legal, and Ethical Issues in Human Services
Credit Hours: 3
This course covers the issues of professionalism, ethics, and legal issues and responsibility, especially as related to Illinois law. The course includes exploration of legal and ethical dilemmas experienced in human services.

HMS 322    Appraisal of Individuals/Psychological Testing
Credit Hours: 3
This course covers the theory and principles of measurement and evaluation of psychological variables and individual differences using a variety of psychological measures. Construction, administration, and interpretation of measurements will be covered. (Same as PSY 322)

HMS 325    Substance Abuse Assessment and Intervention
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses on the progressive nature of substance use and its impact on the individual over the lifespan. The physiological, psychological, familial, and societal impacts of substance abuse will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on current trends in strengths-based assessment and intervention. Prerequisite: HMS 305.

HMS 330    Family Dynamics and Counseling
Credit Hours: 3
This course will focus on understanding the divergent types of family structure, the functioning of individual families, and the impact of family structure on individual development. Emphasis will be placed on current trends in strengths-based family assessment and intervention. Prerequisites: HMS 305 or consent of instructor.

HMS 335     Abuse and Neglect in the Family
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides an overview of the uses and abuses of power in interpersonal relationships and families. The course focuses on the types, dynamics, and impact on family members of neglectful and abusive families, and the various agencies that can provide support and treatment for the families.

HMS 342    Psychology of Human Sexuality
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides an introduction to the major issues in the psychology of human sexuality, including sexual anatomy and physiology, love, interpersonal communication, sexual behavior and reproduction, and social issues associated with human sexuality. Particular emphasis is placed on the etiology of sexual orientation, and the social experiences of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered individuals. (Same as PSY 342)

HMS 355    Case Management
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides the knowledge and practical skills necessary to collect, organize, interpret, and report on information related to clients’ needs, functioning, and progress, to establish and monitor service plans, to broker services, and to evaluate service provision. Prerequisite: HMS 110.

HMS 360    Group Dynamics and Counseling
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides an understanding of group dynamics, group processes, and the roles of group members. The theories, principles, and techniques of group intervention will be presented. Emphasis will be placed on the development and successful facilitation of groups in a counseling setting. The unique ethical considerations of group work will also be explored. Prerequisite: HMS 305 or consent of instructor.

HMS 400    Leadership and Organizational Change
Credit Hours: 3
This course covers the theories, models, and ethical practice of leadership and organizational management in the human services field. Methods and approaches to organizational change, decision making, and conflict resolution are presented.

HMS 410    Needs Assessment/Program Evaluation
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides the knowledge and skills needed to conduct community needs assessments, evaluate the results, make appropriate decisions regarding new program development, and develop methods for evaluating the effectiveness of the program.

HMS 431 Victimology
Credit Hours: 3
Victimology is the “study of victims.” This course will study the historical, cultural and social aspects of victims of crime. Analyses of trends and patterns in criminal violence and victimization are undertaken in addition to discussions on strategies for prevention, remediation and intervention. Course features guest speakers who have professional or personal expertise and experience. This course is of practical use to students in the following fields: human services, psychology, social work, criminal justice, political science, pre-law, pre-med, and theology, as well as victim’s rights advocates or volunteers. (Same as CRJ 431)

HMS 440    Crisis Intervention
Credit Hours: 3
This course emphasizes the recognition of psychological crisis and the application of current crisis-intervention strategies to assure client safety, stabilization, and self-determination. Emphasis will also be placed on legal and ethical concerns in crisis work, professionalism, and the prevention of burnout. Prerequisite: HMS 315 or PSY 315.

HMS 480    Senior Practicum I
Credit Hours: 3
The practicum provides practical experience working in human service agencies. The 3-hour practicum involves 150 hours onsite and includes a minimum of 40 hours of direct client contact. These experiences provide the student with applied knowledge of individual and group counseling techniques. Prerequisites: HMS 315, 321, senior standing, and consent of instructor.

HMS 481    Senior Practicum II
Credit Hours: 3
Students may choose to do a second practicum as one of their HMS elective courses. Practicum II must be in a different area of social services from Practicum I.

Program Requirements

Through this program, students will gain the theoretical and conceptual knowledge that serves as
a foundation for human service work, along with practical experience in the field.
Program Requirements for Human Services Major (students in the PS program should
refer to the requirements in the Professional Studies section of this catalog):

  • Completion of the Bonaventure Program and requirements for undergraduate degrees.
  • To fulfill the technological literacy requirement, students must pass CIS 101 or equivalent.
  • HMS 110 is required and fulfills a general education requirement in Social Sciences.
  • A minimum of 48 hours of 200-400 level Human Services and required support courses as listed below..
  • Required Human Services courses: HMS 205, 300, 305, 315, 321, 322, 325, 330, 360, and 480.
  • 9 hours of Human Services electives chosen from: HMS 335, 342, 355, 400, 410, 431, 440, or 481.
  • 12 hours are required as support courses: PSY 100, 312, one course from PSY 236 or 246, and one course from PSY 340, SOC 300 or 324.

Requirements for a Minor:

A student must complete 18 hours including HMS 110, 305, 315, and 9 additional credit hours selected from HMS 205, 300, 321, 322, 325, 330, and 360. Must also meet minimum University requirements for a minor.

Career Options

The curriculum in Human Services will prepare you to enter the workplace or to pursue graduate education in such areas as Counseling or Social Work. Human Services graduates enter careers in such areas as:
• Administration and planning
• Case management
• Advocacy
• Program evaluation
• Volunteer coordination
They serve in public welfare agencies, federal, state, and local government, private social service agencies, group homes, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers, and religiously affiliated organizations.

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