Human Services: Education Advocacy Option (B.S.)

Human Services: Education Advocacy Option (B.S.)
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  Online Program

The online B.S. in Human Services offers you the opportunity to provide access to assistance programs, offer support, and improve the quality of life for those in need while working with individuals and the community at both the local and state level.

 Credit Hours: 120  |   Transfer: Up to 90 Credits  |   Tuition Cost


What is the Education Advocacy Option in Human Services?

The Bachelor of Science in Human Services is designed for students with career interests in human services.  This program offers graduates the opportunity to provide access to assistance programs, offer support, and improve the quality of life for those in need while working with individuals and the community at both the local and state level. The education advocacy option introduces students to the issues associated with supporting individuals who have specific instructional needs.

Why study the Education Advocacy Option in Human Services at UNH College of Professional Studies?

The B.S. in Human Services offers you the opportunity to provide access to assistance programs, offer support, and improve the quality of life for those in need while working with individuals and the community at both the local and state level. In this program, you’ll have the opportunity to specialize your learning experience by selecting an option that aligns with your professional interests and goals. This degree can offer ways to support individuals who may have specific needs in the educational system.

Potential Career Areas

  • Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselor
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Worker
  • Social and Human Service Assistant
  • Social and Community Service Manager
  • Child, Family, and School Social Worker
  • Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Health Education Specialist
  • Community Health Worker
  • Home Health Aide
  • Paraprofessional

Course Highlights


  • Human Services and the Helping Process
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Dynamics of Family Relationships
  • Case Management
  • Counseling Theories
  • Law and Ethics for Health Care and Human Services
  • Social Stratification and Inequality
  • …and more!

Why UNH CPS?


  • Regionally accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education, Inc. (NECHE).
  • Available fully online with select on-campus courses.
  • Affordable tuition.
  • Nationally ranked online programs.
  • About 89% of our students are transfer students. Making the most of your transfer credits is our specialty.
  • Career advising is available to all students and alumni. We also extend this service to those considering their college options.
  • Faculty who are subject matter experts and share their real-world expertise, helping you apply what you learn to your personal goals and career.
  • We’re experts at assessing credit toward your undergraduate degree – not only from previous college coursework, but also for other college-level knowledge demonstrated outside the traditional classroom.

Students pursuing an associate degree at their local community college are encouraged to explore our Transfer Pathway! This resource lists the courses your associate degree should contain at your community college, as well as the remaining courses you’ll need to take at UNH College of Professional Studies to complete your bachelor’s degree!

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  • Completion of our free, online application for admission
  • High school diploma, completion of a high school education in a homeschool setting under state law, or demonstrate high school equivalency.
    • Successful completion of one of the following exams will be required for demonstrating high school equivalency: the GED, HiSET, or TASC

Upon graduation, those who wish to pursue a master’s degree are encouraged to explore the M.S. in Human Services Administration.

Eligible individuals can apply for tuition assistance through the Early Childhood Tuition Assistance (ECTA) and Preschool Development Grant (PDG), funded by the NH Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration! 100% of tuition is covered for up to two classes per term.

Eligible individuals include childcare workers, preschool teachers, and elementary school paraprofessionals.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THESE TUITION ASSISTANCE OPTIONS

For motivated undergraduate students interested in pursuing a graduate degree, you can pair this program with an accelerated option that allows you to streamline the completion of your educational goals. Students can choose between an M.S. in Human Services Administration or a Graduate Certificate in Human Services Administration. This option allows students to complete their bachelor’s and graduate degrees in a fast-tracked five-year timeline.

Qualifications:

  • Current UNH undergraduate student enrolled in the B.S. Human Services program.
  • GPA of 3.2 or higher.
  • Apply and be accepted to one of the graduate programs of choice: MS Human Services Administration or the Graduate Certificate in Human Services Administration.
  • Completed 90 undergraduate credits (to begin taking courses for dual credit). Most students apply in their junior year; once admitted to the program, students can begin taking select courses for dual credit, provided they’ve completed 90 undergraduate credits.

If you're interested in enrolling in an accelerated graduate program, contact your advisor

Curriculum & Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Human Services is designed for students with career interests in human services. This program offers graduates the opportunity to provide access to assistance programs, offer support, and improve the quality of life for those in need while working with individuals and the community at both the local and state level. The education advocacy option introduces students to the issues associated with supporting individuals who have specific instructional needs.

This degree plan is a sample and does not reflect the impact of transfer credit or current course offerings. UNH CPS Online undergraduate students should develop individual academic plans with their academic advisor during their first year at UNH.

Sample Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
ENG 420 The Writing Process 4
HMSV 424 Human Services and the Helping Process 4
PSY 410
or SOCI 410
Introduction to Psychology
or Introduction to Sociology
4
General Education Course 4
 Credits16
Spring
COM 460 Interpersonal Communication and Group Dynamics 4
CRIT 501 Introduction to Critical Inquiry 4
HMSV 480 Case Management 4
MTH 402
or MTH 504
or MTH 510
Math for Our World
or Statistics
or Pre-Calculus
4
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
COM 480 Visual Communication 4
PSY 525
or SOSC 675
or MGMT 566
Human Development
or Dynamics of Family Relationships
or Organizational Behavior
4
General Education Course 4
Elective 4
 Credits16
Spring
HMSV 595
or HMSV 597
Field-Based Practicum in Human Services
or Project-Based Practicum in Human Services
4
SOSC 675
or PSY 525
or MGMT 566
Dynamics of Family Relationships
or Human Development
or Organizational Behavior
4
General Education Course 4
Elective 4
 Credits16
Third Year
Fall
CRIT 602 Advanced Critical Analysis and Strategic Thinking 4
EDC 506
or EDC 716
Young Children with Exceptionalities in Early Childhood Settings
or Students with Disabilities
4
HLTC 690 Law and Ethics for Health Care and Human Services 4
SOSC 610 Multicultural Perspectives in Education 4
 Credits16
Spring
EDC 701 Special Education Law 4
EDC 713 Family and Community Relations in Early Childhood Education 4
Elective 4
Elective 4
 Credits16
Fourth Year
Fall
IDIS 601 Interdisciplinary Seminar 4
SOSC 710
or MGMT 608
Social Stratification and Inequality
or Fostering Inclusion and Diversity in the Workplace
4
Elective 4
Elective 4
 Credits16
Spring
HMSV 797
or HMSV 795
Integrative Capstone: Project in Human Services
or Integrative Capstone: Internship in Human Services
4
Elective 4
 Credits8
 Total Credits120

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credit Requirement: 120 credits
Minimum Residency Requirement: 30 credits must be taken at UNH
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0 is required for conferral*
Core Curriculum Required: General Education Program
Major, Option and Elective Requirements as indicated.
*GPA: Major and any state certification GPA requirements may be higher and are indicated in program details.
 
A minimum grade of C- is required in all Major coursework. Some programs may have higher grade requirements for Major coursework as noted in the Major requirements section below. Students are allowed a maximum of two course overlaps. Overlaps can be used between Major, Minor, and General Education requirements with only one overlap being utilized between the Major and Minor. Please note that Option requirements are considered part of the Major. Students must complete 16 upper-level credits in majors within the College of Professional Studies, Online.

General Education Program Requirements

A minimum grade of D- is required in all General Education coursework. Students are allowed a maximum of two course overlaps. Overlaps can be used between Major, Minor and General Education requirements with only one overlap being utilized between the Major and Minor.

All General Education requirements, including CRIT 602 Advanced Critical Analysis and Strategic Thinking and IDIS 601 Interdisciplinary Seminar, must be taken prior to the capstone.

ENG 420The Writing Process4
COM 460Interpersonal Communication and Group Dynamics4
COM 480Visual Communication4
CRIT 501Introduction to Critical Inquiry4
Select one of the following:4
MTH 402
Math for Our World
MTH 504
Statistics
MTH 510
Pre-Calculus
Knowledge of Human Behavior & Social Systems4
Knowledge of the Physical & Natural World4
Knowledge of Human Thought & Expression4
CRIT 602Advanced Critical Analysis and Strategic Thinking4
IDIS 601Interdisciplinary Seminar4
Total Credits40

Writing Program Requirements

All bachelor's degree candidates are required to complete four writing intensive courses as part of the University Writing Program Requirements as follows:

ENG 420
The Writing Process
One Writing Intensive course in the Major
One Writing Intensive course at the 600-level or above
One Additional Writing Intensive Course

Writing Intensive courses are identified with the label "Writing Intensive Course" in the "Attributes" section of the course description and/or a W following the course number.

 

Major Requirements

Prior to capstone enrollment, students are expected to complete the majority of their required major courses along with CRIT 602 Advanced Critical Analysis and Strategic Thinking and IDIS 601 Interdisciplinary Seminar. Students should consult with their advisor regarding specific major courses that may be completed with their capstone. Academic Advisor approval is required for registration to be processed.

Major in Human Services
Foundation Courses
HMSV 424Human Services and the Helping Process4
HMSV 480Case Management4
PSY 410Introduction to Psychology4
or SOCI 410 Introduction to Sociology
Intermediate Courses
Select two of the following:8
MGMT 566
Organizational Behavior
or PSY 525
Human Development
or SOSC 675
Dynamics of Family Relationships
HMSV 595Field-Based Practicum in Human Services4
or HMSV 597 Project-Based Practicum in Human Services
Advanced Courses
HLTC 690Law and Ethics for Health Care and Human Services4
MGMT 608Fostering Inclusion and Diversity in the Workplace4
or SOSC 710 Social Stratification and Inequality
Option in Education Advocacy
EDC 701Special Education Law4
EDC 713Family and Community Relations in Early Childhood Education4
SOSC 610Multicultural Perspectives in Education4
EDC 506Young Children with Exceptionalities in Early Childhood Settings4
or EDC 716 Students with Disabilities
Integrative Capstone
HMSV 795Integrative Capstone: Internship in Human Services4
or HMSV 797 Integrative Capstone: Project in Human Services
Total Credits52

Electives

Open electives are courses students will need to take in addition to their general education and major requirements in order to satisfy the remaining credit totals for their programs. Open electives are defined as any credit course offered by the College not already included in the student's general education, major, option or minor. Students will need 120 credits total to graduate with a bachelor's degree from the Online Division of the College of Professional Studies.

  • Differentiate and critically analyze the concepts, theories, and methods of inquiry pertinent to human services.
  • Apply the concepts, theories, and methods of human services.
  • Apply ethical principles that inform and guide practice in human services and relevant subfields.
  • Communicate in multiple modalities the needs of a diversity of client populations.

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