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2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Human Services Major, B.S.

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The Department of Human Services and Counseling at Metropolitan State University of Denver prepares students to become competent, self-reflective practitioners in the delivery of human services. At the core of the curriculum is an emphasis on experiential learning in the classroom and through intensive field experience and study abroad opportunities.   The department is committed to supporting students to develop high ethical standards and cultural sensitivity while becoming agents for positive change in people's lives and in their communities. Students can choose from two majors: Fire and Emergency Response Administration, or Human Services.  The Human Services major has the following concentrations: Addiction Studies, High Risk Youth Studies, Mental Health Counseling, and Nonprofit Studies.   The student must meet the University's graduation requirements for a baccalaureate degree. A letter grade of “C” or better is required in each Human Services and Counseling course. 

Core Classes for Major:

Addiction Studies Concentration:

This concentration will provide students with broad knowledge and skills that are in all behavioral health services. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to apply for certification in Colorado as an addiction counselor (CAC I). The counseling skills, training and knowledge that students receive are on the cutting edge of evidence-based outcome studies and best practices. Graduates attain skills and attitudes necessary to function as professional addiction counselors and that may lead to national certification.

Subtotal: 84


Total hours for the major with Addiction Studies Concentration84
General Studies33
Unrestricted electives3
Total hours required for degree120

High Risk Youth Studies Concentration:

This concentration prepares the human services professional to work in a variety of settings that serve high risk youth. Some possible program locations include outpatient counseling, institutional settings, juvenile corrections, schools, mentoring sites, and child protection. Students are also encouraged to have an understanding of substance abuse, domestic violence, and trauma as part of their degree program, due to the strong overlap between high risk youth behaviors and these issues.

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Total hours for the major with High Risk Youth Studies concentration72-73
General Studies33
Total for the Degree120

Mental Health Counseling Concentration:

The Mental Health Counseling concentration teaches students about counseling theory and develops client interaction skills to assist clients to cope with life’s personal and emotional challenges. This concentration prepares students for entry-level employment in community mental health, nonprofit counseling agencies, employee assistance programs, and general human service delivery systems under the supervision of licensed mental health professionals.

Students are encouraged to pursue graduate education in a variety of areas, including human services, counseling, psychology, social work direct services, addiction counseling, marriage and family, and pastoral counseling programs. Students should note that professional counseling licensure requires the completion of a graduate degree, passing a comprehensive examination, and completing a period of practice supervised by a licensed mental health professional.

Nonprofit Studies Concentration:

This concentration provides both degree-seeking and career advancement professionals with the academic background and management skills necessary to become effective managers in a variety of nonprofit settings.

Paramedic Concentration:

The paramedic concentration is designed for students interested in combining their academic experience with paramedic training. MSU Denver does not offer the paramedic curriculum. Students selecting this concentration must obtain a valid and current paramedic certificate from the State of Colorado. We have a transfer agreement with the Denver Health Paramedic School. Coursework taken at Denver Health transfers into the department as follows: 8 credits for HSP 2080 and 16 credits for concentration electives. If you have a current paramedic certification from the State of Colorado and attended a program other than Denver Health Paramedic School, see the chair of Human Services if you are interested in pursuing the paramedic concentration in Human Services.


Additional Required Human Service Courses16
Paramedic Certification16
General Studies33
Total for the Degree120

Trauma Concentration

The Trauma Concentration is designed to support students who intend to provide direct services to a population of clients with a trauma history. This concentration provides a clinically sophisticated counseling curriculum, and field experience, for students who either plan to attend graduate school or who simply want more skills for working with clients specifically around the issue of trauma. Students will learn about trauma and complex trauma, the impact trauma has on overall functioning as well as treatment interventions and supportive activities for practitioners who work with this population. Students who want to be counselors are encouraged to continue their education at the graduate level upon graduation.   


Core Courses
Trauma Concentration Courses
General Studies
Total for the Degree

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