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2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog 
2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Human Services Major, B.S.

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The student must meet the college's graduation requirements for a baccalaureate degree; complete HSP 1010 Introduction to Human Services within the first 12 hours of department courses; and complete the Level I General Studies requirements of the College before registering for a Practicum. See an advisor to verify completion of requirements. A letter grade of "C" or better is required in each Human Services course.

Core Classes for Major:

Addiction Studies Concentration:

This concentration will provide students with a broad knowledge and skills that are in high demand in all behavioral health services. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to apply for certification in Colorado as an addiction counselor (CAC). Students learn about drug/alcohol as well as other addictive behaviors, such as smoking, gambling, and eating disorders. 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 leading to national certification.

Domestic Violence Counseling Concentration:

A concentration in domestic violence counseling provides the student with a broad knowledge base through the core classes in human services, and with knowledge and skills essential for working with perpetrators and victims of abuse. The courses included in this concentration are based on the Standards for Treatment with Court Ordered Domestic Violence Offenders, established by the Colorado Domestic Violence Offender Management Board of the Colorado Department of Public Safety. Graduation from the Human Services program with a Domestic Violence Concentration meets the State's requirement for application as an approved provider.


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.

Choose one of the following:


Total hours for the major with High Risk Youth Studies concentration 62-64
General Studies 33
Electives 23-26
Total for the Degree 120

Mental Health Counseling Concentration:

The Mental Health Counseling concentration teaches students about counseling theory, and develops counsel or client interaction skills in assisting 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 social service delivery systems under the supervision of licensed mental health professionals.

This concentration additionally prepares students 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.

Subtotal: 57 - 58

Subtotal for Electives: 9


Total hours for major 66 - 67
General Studies* 33
Electives 20-21
Total for the Degree 120

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. Students completing the paramedic concentration may work in a broad array of human service occupations or as paramedics. Students selecting this concentration must have completed or be enrolled in the Paramedic School at the Denver Health Medical Center and obtain a valid and current paramedic certificate from the State of Colorado. Training at the Paramedic School transfers into the department as follows: 8 credits for HSP 2080 and 16 for concentration electives.

Required Courses in addition to the Human Services Core:

Human Services Core: 35

 Human Services Core Requirements:         27

HSP 2080 Human Services Practicum I:      8


Paramedic certification 16
Total Hours for the major with the Paramedic Concentration 51
General Studies 33
Electives 20
Total for the Degree 120

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