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Master of Science in Human Services: Curriculum and Course Descriptions

To earn the Master of Science in Human Services online, you must successfully complete 22 credit hours of study in the program core plus 15 hours in your chosen specialization:

Family Life Educator

Program Core (22 credit hours)

HSC 6141 Christian Worldview in Family Education
Students will examine the impact of a Christian worldview on individual and family beliefs, interaction, and structure. Consideration will be given to the role of a Christian perspective in family education.

HSC 6304 Organizational Leadership
Students will explore leadership in both the personal and organizational contexts, with emphasis on the latest trends and models from administration, organization, and leadership theory.

HSC 6309 Crisis Intervention
This course is a study of crisis in multiple settings with emphasis on appropriate behaviors and responses. Students will learn about applied therapeutic interventions in general and crisis intervention, along with strategies to alleviate crisis and deal with crisis aftermath.

HSC 6310 Social Development of Individuals and Families
The course examines similarities and differences in conceptions of behavior throughout the lifespan, with an emphasis on individual development in the context of the family.

HSC 6323 Family Systems
The course is an extensive introduction to the concepts of family systems theory and its applications to family, church, and ministry.

HSC 6332 Helping Professions and Public Policy
The course covers public policy, legal, and ethical issues related to families with an emphasis on marriage, divorce, custody, adoption, juvenile rights, malpractice, courtroom testimony, competence, and wills and estates.

HSC 6333 Ethics in the Helping Professions
Students will study ethical decision making in helping professions with an emphasis on understanding ethical codes within those professions.

HSC 6334 Conflict Resolution
This course is a survey of theory and research in conflict resolution with an emphasis on developing practical skills to help families and organizations resolve conflicts.


LEA 6302 - Leadership Theory and Practice
Students will examine major theories of leadership and how they are integrated with various internal and external organizational factors. Students will learn to think critically about the leadership concept and about the boundary conditions of leadership theories. The roles of gender, power, ethics, job design and motivation, personality, national culture, and leader development will also be explored.

LEA 6303 - Strategic Planning
This course is an examination of the theories and concepts of organizational design and their application to organizations.

LEA 6320 - Communication for Leaders
In this course, students will undertake a theoretical and practical examination of the role that communication plays in effective leadership. Students will study strategies for improvement and success in developing, delivering and sustaining effective communication in organizations.

HSC 6340 - Human Resources Administration
Students will be able to design effective human resource policies and systems, involving all internal and external constituencies, appropriate to particular public or non-profit human service organizations.

HSC 6342 - Fundraising and Grant Writing
Students will describe and analyze the range of funding options available to human service organizations and be able to develop a plan for implementing a fund-raising strategy for a particular human service program or organization.


HSC 6301 Family Education The course is a detailed study of family development and functioning with an emphasis on how agency or organizations can intervene in this context.

HSC 6315 Parent Education Students will study major objectives and the underlying guidance principles in parent-child relations, as well as programs and agencies in parent education.

HSC 6322 Human Sexuality Students will examine human sexuality from a life cycle perspective with an emphasis on developmental, familial, and societal factors that influence individual sexuality.

HSC 6324 Family Resource Management Students will examine the applications of family financial planning models to decision making and asset resource allocation.

HSC 6390 Family Life Education Practicum The practicum is a supervised outreach family life education experience in preventative and educational activities, including program development, implementation, evaluation, teaching, training, and research related to individual and family well-being.

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