Military Families and Culture

From combat-related injuries to addiction, members of the armed forces may face a multitude of challenges both on the front lines and when they return home. In this specialization, you’ll deepen your understanding of military culture; explore topics such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and vicarious trauma; and examine how frequent relocations, parent-child separation, and extensive deployments impact military families. You can also gain skills and strategies for helping active and former military personnel and their spouses and children cope effectively with hardships and improve their quality of life.

This specialization can prepare you for careers such as social and community worker for Veteran Affairs or community veteran services, human services program leaders, and non-therapeutic counselors.

Note on Licensure: The MS in Human and Social Services program, including its specializations, is not designed to lead to professional licensure including licensure as a professional therapist, counselor, social worker, or psychologist.

Completion Requirements

  • 53 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (3 cr.)
    • Core courses (35 cr.)
    • Elective/specialization courses (15 cr.)
      (Includes Grant Writing course with final project targeted to specialization)
    • Capstone (5 cr.)

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.


Quarter Course Code Course Credits
Quarter 1 Course Code HUMN 6000 Course Foundation of Graduate Study in Human Services Credits 1
Quarter 1 Course Code HUMN 6150 Course Helping Individuals, Organizations, and Communities Credits 5
Quarter 2 Course Code HUMN 6152 Course Human and Social Services Administration Credits 5
Quarter 2 Course Code HUMN 6011 Course Interviewing and Case Management in Human and Social Services Credits 5
Quarter 3 Course Code HUMN 6100 Course Introduction to Research and Evaluation in Human and Social Services Credits 5
Quarter 3 Course Code HUMN 6200 Course Cross-Cultural Ethics in Human and Social Services Credits 5
Quarter 4 Course Code HUMN 6403 Course Military Culture Credits 5
Quarter 4 Course Code HUMN 6207 Course Grant Writing Credits 5
Quarter 5 Course Code HUMN 6660 Course Social Change, Leadership, and Advocacy for Human Services Professionals Credits 5
Quarter 5 Course Code HUMN 6402 Course Working with Military Spouses, Families, and Children Credits 5
Quarter 5 Course Code HUMN 6401 Course Trauma, Crisis, and Stress with Military Personnel Credits 5
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