Jul 21, 2019  
2018-2019 University Bulletin 
    
2018-2019 University Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Bachelor of Arts in Human Services


The Bachelor of Arts in Human Services (BHS) is an interdisciplinary program focusing on the fundamental skills of communication, research and data analysis, which apply to a broad range of fields. Students may elect to declare up to two concentrations, including Disability Advocacy, International Studies, Labor Relations, Sustainability Studies and Training & Development. Students also may petition for new concentrations to meet their specific career needs. Consistent with Dominican University’s longstanding commitment to social justice, students are required to complete a course in professional ethics on top of at least one ethics unit in each class. Courses are conveniently offered in the evenings at Triton College or online in an accelerated 8-week format.

Graduates of the program will be prepared to work in a wide range of fields from the private, public and nonprofit sectors. The concentration model allows students to develop specific skills to match their career goals. In addition, the rigorous foundation coursework will prepare students for graduate or professional school.

  • Each academic year consists of six 8-week sessions
  • Classes are offered in an eight-week format
  • Transfer credit of up to 68 semester credit hours from community colleges or up to 90 semester credit hours from a combination of community colleges and 4-year colleges or universities may be granted.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts in Human Services totals 120 credit hours and is comprised of coursework in the areas of general electives, proficiency requirements, general education requirements and human services requirements.

Proficiency Requirements (9 hours)


General Education Requirements (21 hours)


Human Services Courses (42 hours)


Concentrations


A student may choose to complete two concentrations and may request a college issued certificate from the program coordinator upon graduation to note the achievement. Concentration courses apply to the human services elective requirement and may include courses that have the LS prefix.

Labor Relations


This concentration prepares students for work in labor organizations, human resources, mediation, or employment law.

Complete the following three courses:

Disability Advocacy


This cross-disciplinary concentration trains students to work with and on behalf of individuals with disabilities in legal, educational, or social services settings.

Complete the following three courses:

International Studies


This concentration encourages students to critically examine globalization in an international context and to consider the legal, social, and cultural aspects of international relations.

Complete the following three courses:

Sustainability Studies


This concentration is aimed at students with an interest in environmental law and advocacy or those who seek to incorporate sustainable management practices into their organizations.

Complete the following three courses:

Training and Development


This concentration is aimed at students who wish to explore the theory of adult learning and methods of developing a learning organization in the classroom and in the workplace.

Complete the following three courses:

General Electives (48 hours)


General electives constitute additional course work necessary to bring the total credit for the degree to 120 hours. Up to 6 credit hours of graduate work may be applied to the BHS degree in the elective category. These courses will also apply to the respective graduate degree, thereby reducing by 6 credit hours the total number of credit hours required to complete both degrees. Students must have senior standing in the BHS program and must obtain the consent of the program coordinator/college dean to take classes from a graduate program. Additional information is available from the CASS advising office.

Additional Requirements


  1. Each student must complete a minimum of 30 semester credit hours of undergraduate credit in residence in the BHS program.
  2. Each student must attain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Each student must file an application for graduation with the Office of the Registrar by the deadline posted for the  semester in which the student anticipates completing degree requirements.

Accelerated Degree Options


Bachelor of Arts in Human Services/Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution

High-achieving undergraduates can apply for the Bachelor of Arts in Human Services/Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution accelerated degree option. Students admitted to this option can enroll in MCR courses before completing the baccalaureate degree and have up to 9 MCR credit hours apply to both their undergraduate and graduate degrees. Additional information is available through the CASS advising office.

Bachelor of Arts in Human Services/Master of Social Work

High-achieving undergraduates can apply for the Bachelor of Arts in Human Services/Master of Social Work (MSW) accelerated degree. Students admitted to this option can enroll in MSW courses before completing the BHS and have up to 30 MSW credit hours apply to both their undergraduate and graduate degrees. Additional information is available through the CASS advising office.

Bachelor of Arts in Human Services/Master of Library and Information Science

High-achieving undergraduates can apply for the Bachelor of Arts in Human Services and, in their senior year, take up to two library and information science courses with approval of the director of the School of Information Studies. The 6 LIS credit hours apply to both their undergraduate and graduate degrees. Additional information is available through the CASS advising office.