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:
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.
- Identify major characteristics of their personal worldviews and how these impact their beliefs and interactions within their own families
- Identify areas of congruence and conflict between their personal worldview and prominent family issues in current society
- Analyze prominent worldviews, as typically recognized in scholarly discussions of major worldviews
- Formulate a plan to discuss and integrate the impact of Christian worldview in human service settings
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.
- Demonstrate leadership skills in organizational situations
- Identify personal strengths and developmental needs as a result of applying reflecting thinking skills
- Set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions in new and unfamiliar circumstances in response to internal and external stakeholder need
- Effectively listen, share ideas, negotiate, and facilitate the flow of information in improving organizational performance
- Identify the impact of global trends in valuing diversity, and conducting business in an ethical manner
- Create healthy team environments by combining talents and resources for collaboration and information sharing
- Create creative strategies to guide organizations, achieve goals, minimize risks, and gain a competitive advantage
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.
- Describe crisis intervention theory and how to apply it
- Explain how to handle specific crises using scripts from real interventions (including PTSD, manifestation of lethal behavior, sexual assault, addiction crisis, and bereavement and grief)
- Hypothesize crisis situations and identify appropriate ways to respond to potentially violent or suicidal individuals
- List the ethical standards and ramifications of dealing with crises and acts of violence
- Design and implement crisis plans in agency settings
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.
- Students will evaluate theories of individual and family development and transitions across the life span
- Students will analyze the characteristics of human behavior, including an understanding of normal and abnormal physical, cognitive, emotional, social and moral development
- Students will analyze individual and multicultural attitudes toward various stages of development
- Students will demonstrate effective application of strategies/interventions for facilitating optimum development throughout the life span
- Students will critically evaluate and explain various controversial and emerging factors that influence human development and relate to human services
- Students will evaluate ethical and legal issues associated to human development, identifying professionally acceptable practices related to human services
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.
- Explain the basic concepts within family systems theories
- Identify major contributors to the development of the family systems model and how research and theory development can be applied to ministry and other helping professions
- Develop a plan to implement positive and lasting changes in personal family life
- Apply family systems theory, concepts, and practices to a variety of families and family systems
- Identify and explain the spiritual and ethical dimensions of helping families
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.
- Describe current laws pertaining to marriage, divorce, custody, adoption and juvenile rights, mental health, and health care
- Recognize the impact family policy has on family rights and privileges
- Define strategies for influencing, advocating for, and educating others about family policy
- Demonstrate how to implement and evaluate family-based policy in human science practice settings
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.
- Implement conflict resolution and decision making skills while addressing legal and ethical concerns and decisions
- Develop compassionate concern for others while implementing strategies and decisions in regards to legal and ethical concerns and decisions
- Articulate appropriate ethical codes and standards in regards to legal and ethical concerns and decisions
- Describe and explain the ethical codes of human services professional organizations
- Employ ethical decision making models in arriving at a decision that is appropriate for the client and in the client's best interest
- Articulate the multicultural and social justice perspectives, and examine ethical and professional issues related to these perspectives
- Examine ways to establish appropriate boundaries and to develop a framework for evaluating and managing multiple relationships
- Respond to ethical dilemmas by a decision-making process
- Communicate his or her value system, with emphasis on how these values are likely to impact his or her professional practice
- Understand how her/his personal values influence her/his ethical posture
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.
- Analyze a conflict scenario and recommend appropriate strategies for resolution
- Develop conflict resolution policy and educational material for use in the workplace or community
- Apply conflict and conflict resolution theory to one's own interpersonal communication behavior
- Implement effective conflict resolution techniques in the workplace, home, and community
ADMINISTRATION SPECIALIZATION (15 CREDIT HOURS)
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.
- Explain the role of vision within the strategic planning process
- Assess the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT analysis) of an organization
- Demonstrate the sequence of steps involved in strategic planning
- Explain the use of strategic planning within a decision-making process
- Analyze the contributions of strategic planning in the success of the visionary leadership paradigm
- Demonstrate mastery of the administrative strand for the Human Services program
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.
- Describe the features and characteristics of effective leader communication
- Persuade members of an organization to take action, based on an understanding of the nature and role of persuasion
- Demonstrate skill in high-impact, clear writing on an organizational and interpersonal level
- Integrate principles of biblical and servant/transformational leadership into the communication process
- Analyze the factors that make for productive and unproductive meetings
- Gain credibility as a leader through demonstrating skills in communication on multiple levels
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.
- Describe the roles and activities of a company’s human resource management function
- Describe the different HRM issues and practices associated with various directional strategies and work flow processes
- Devise a plan for the acquisition and preparation of Human Resources through planning and recruitment, selection and placement, and training
- Perform effective assessment and development of the Human Resource function through performance management, employee development, and employee separation and retention
- Devise a compensation package including the pay structure and employee benefits
- Establishing legal HR policies
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.
- Plan for and evaluate the financial needs of programs, services, and/or operations
- Assess the needs of clients or client groups
- Develop the internal structure of the organization for fundraising purposes
- Examine the value and use of computer programs such as email, Word, Excel, and other computerized software, social media, and websites to enhance communication in the search of grants, applications, and fundraising activities
- Identify potential funding sources and understand the application process
- Develop budgets for grant applications and fundraising activities based upon agency financing needs
- Explain the necessity of monitoring expenditures related to fundraising and grant application activities
- Substantiate potential grant and fundraising needs with statistics, information obtained from consultation with others, research, and observation of clients and systems
- Record, organize, and assess relevant, accurate, and adequate information provided by agencies and other concerned stakeholders
- Compile, synthesize, and categorize information obtained for fundraising and grant writing
- Maintain client and agency confidentiality of records, data collected, and other information obtained with client and agency permission
- Develop a grant proposal which includes knowledge obtained from program development activities, interviews with clients and/or agency administrators, and program goals, design, and implementation plans
- Evaluate the outcomes of a fundraising plan and understand the impact it will have on clients and agencies
FAMILY LIFE EDUCATOR SPECIALIZATION (15 CREDIT HOURS)
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.
- Explain the ethical considerations that form the basis for a relationship between family life educators and client populations
- Explain how culture and diversity impact the process of family life education
- Articulate a philosophy of change regarding the nature of people, learning, and helping others
- Synthesize research from scholarly journals to select critical content and pedagogical methods for effective marriage and family life education
- Devise strategies for creating effective learning environments to overcome resistance in client populations
- Design a prevention program from initial vision to detailed description of content and teaching strategies
- Describe group facilitation skills and strategies for enhancing family and group strengths
- Evaluate self-knowledge of the requisite content areas required to become a Certified Family Life Educator
- Identify personal strengths as a family educator by analyzing learning, growth, and development in this course
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.
- Explain the impact of the modern parenting movement including Christian values and principles on current parenting practices
- Utilize varying writing styles, presentation formats, and content to communicate effectively with the target parenting audience
- Synthesize research from scholarly journals, national organizations, Christian writings, popular media, and web sites to develop content for parenting programs
- Develop a parenting information handout based on student’s research of parenting strategies for a select population
- Understand content selection and group processes in developing, implementing, and leading parent education groups
- Apply major theories of parent education to diverse parenting topics
- Evaluate existing parenting programs for adherence to best practices models
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.
- Describe the similarities and differences in female and male patterns of sexual response
- Discuss the importance of communication in achieving intimacy, relationship, and sexual satisfaction
- Critically evaluate various theories of gender role development
- Recognize the impact of health issues on sexuality
- Summarize patterns of sexuality across the life span
- Identify causes and patterns of abnormal sexual behaviors
- Recognize the cultural influences on sexual choices
HSC 6324 Family Resource Management Students will examine the applications of family financial planning models to decision making and asset resource allocation.
- Coach and mentor others in the area of personal financial management
- Explain the use of personality surveys in family resource management counseling
- Describe the general family resources management process, the history of family resource management, systems theory, family economic theory, values, attitudes, and motivation as it relates to households
- Hypothesize solutions for family resource allocation, the planning process, communication, and work and stress management
- Explain financial management strategies for families as they are affected by technology and global change
- Apply current research and best practices to family resource planning and management
- Describe how to manage finances from a biblical perspective and how to communicate personal values in the context of a professional practice
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.
- Identify areas of need for family life prevention
- Examine an identified area of need by writing a coherent literature review
- Design a needs analysis for an outreach family life education prevention program
- Develop an outreach family life education prevention program for a select population
- Present an online segment of developed family life education prevention program
- Analyze current themes in family life education
- Integrate family life education content areas into practice
- Examine the application of Christian principles to ethical family life education practice
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