Become an advocate for individuals and communities and focus your learning with our bachelor’s in human services degree program.
In our increasingly global society, there is a focus on fundamental social issues, such as the promotion of diversity, the protection of human rights, and the preservation of the environment. At the same time, there is a growing need to respond to crisis situations in the areas of natural disasters, education, and healthcare. This concentration in the online BS in Human Services program will help you focus on the effective strategies needed to be an advocate for change by exploring these issues and understanding the major obstacles to resolving them.
Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.
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 855-646-5286.
|Course Code||HMNT 1001||Course||Living and Learning in a Technological World||Credits||(6 cr.)|
Imagine life without cell phones, television, or the Internet. Recent technological developments have significantly altered all aspects of human life: at work; in play; and in personal, family, and social interactions. In this course, students examine the advantages, disadvantages, and controversies of living and learning in an ever-changing technological environment. By exploring multiple perspectives, students discover how technology is changing media, culture, business, health, human behavior, and overall access to information. In a dynamic, reflective, and engaging classroom environment, students use a variety of audio, visual, literary, and artistic resources, to engage in open dialogue. Students are also introduced to the tools essential to success at Walden. Students complete the course with a personalized success plan that provides a customized roadmap and tools that they can use immediately on their journey toward the completion of their bachelor's degree. *Note: virtual, cyber, digital, and asynchronous are used to describe online environments in this course.
|Course Code||HUMN 1020||Course||The Humanitarian Professional in a Changing World||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||EDUC 1006||Course||Child, Family, and Community Relationships||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||IDST 2050||Course||Interdisciplinary Experience: Sustaining Quality of Life in the City||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||HUMN 3010||Course||Crisis and Intervention||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||HUMN 4008||Course||Intergroup Conflict and Peace Building||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||HUMN 4402||Course||Planning and Budgeting||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||HUMN 4001||Course||Case Management for Persons in Need||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||HUMN 4002||Course||Effective Human Services Interviewing||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||HUMN 4003||Course||Measuring Effectiveness of Human Services Delivery||Credits||(5 cr.)|
The social service and humanitarian services field provides rewarding and challenging situations as professionals support diverse populations in an effort to change the lives of individuals, families, and communities. Students in this course explore the profession and the role of a humanitarian professional in this increasingly diverse and complex world. As students explore the range of humanitarian efforts, they self-assess their own aspirations, abilities, skills, characteristics, ethics, and cultural identity in preparation for their future in the humanitarian profession. Students examine a range of roles, responsibilities, and social change efforts of humanitarian professionals. Students also explore ethical issues that can arise when working in diverse cultures around the globe. Applying foundational concepts, students also investigate current trends in the field of humanitarian service.
Complex events, such as divorce, child abuse and neglect, and illness and death of family members, are common occurrences in today's society. This course is a survey of the ways in which professionals and families work together in supporting child and family resiliency within the context of these complex issues. Education professionals explore formal and informal communication strategies; family participation in group settings; family education; advocacy for families; and the impact of family, culture, and community on children's development and learning within early childhood programs. Through this course, education professionals have the opportunity to gain the communication and conflict-management skills needed to prepare for future professional challenges in the field of education.
In light of global urbanization, students in this course discuss the components that contribute to a meaningful life in the city and the ways in which urban communities strive to achieve it. Students collaborate to explore multiple perspectives derived from the social and natural sciences and the humanities. Upon completion, students will understand the factors that contribute to improving quality of life in an urban environment. ENGL 1001 OR ENGL 1010.)
In this course, students examine situational procedures and techniques necessary in defusing situations identified as crises. Students work toward gaining skills to evaluate crisis experiences by combining active listening with an understanding of crisis patterns. Through class activities, such as case studies and comparative analyses, they learn how to work through difficult emotional, social, and health crises. Students also assess concepts and share perspectives through peer discussion on related topics, such as intervention models and strategies; system crisis intervention; collaboration; countertransference; secondary traumatic stress disorder and vicarious trauma; burnout prevention; and referral resources. PSYC 1001, or PSYC 1002, or PSYC 1003.)
In a world encumbered with conflict, tension, and injustice, strategies for building peace are essential. In this course, students assess theories and principles of conflict management and resolution. They examine and employ theories and applications of intergroup dynamics; principles and underlying philosophies of non-violence; and social science principles to understand conflict and promote peace. Students gain practical experience applying principles of peace building to proposing solutions for contemporary, individual, and social issues. PSYC 1001, PSYC 1002, or PSYC 1003.)
Planning and applying effective budgeting strategies are critical elements in managing corporate and government criminal justice organizations. In this course, students have the opportunity to gain fundamental skills for effective management while focusing on short- and long-term financial analysis as well as on policy and budget creation. They complete practical application assignments, focusing on issues of plan development, grant sources, and different tasks and challenges related to budgeting. Students also engage in discussions with peers on a variety of topics, such as the public and private budgets, strategies, financing, forecasting, and ethical issues related to public budgeting.
This course is designed to provide students with practical skills for organizing and brokering community resources for human service clients. This will include emphasis on needs assessment for different client communities, developing plans for comprehensive care services, and utilizing formal and informal networks to maximize client access to services. Emphasis will be placed on interagency coordination as well as human service community resource building to achieve success in service delivery.
This course is designed to provide students with basic skills for directly interfacing with a diverse community of clients. This will include emphasis on active listening, paraphrasing and summarizing, and respecting clients' cultural backgrounds in all aspects of information gathering. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the roles of different types of interviews, and the differing functions of open or closed questions for addressing distinct problems in living and areas of need that clients present.
Human service professionals engage clients with a variety of needs. How can students be certain, though, that their services are effective in preventing recidivism in a population of drug-addicted persons, or that they have provided the necessary life skills training for a homeless person to transition into the workplace? This course is designed to provide skills for community needs assessment, program development, design, implementation, and evaluation across a variety of human services domains. Specific focus will be given to planning quality measures that demonstrate a program’s effectiveness to all key stakeholders.
Choose six courses from those listed below:
|Course Code||PSPA 1002||Course||Global Issues in Politics||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||PSPA 2030||Course||Leadership and Volunteerism||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||PSPA 2050||Course||Social Entrepreneurship||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||PSPA 3030||Course||Social Change in the Community||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||PSPA 3040||Course||Global Social Justice||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||PSPA 4030||Course||Communication for Social Change||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||PSPA 4040||Course||Service in the Global Community||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||PSYC 4006||Course||Global Perspectives in Psychology||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||COMM 4001||Course||Intercultural Communication||Credits||(5 cr.)|
Professionals working in the political science and public administration arena must have a firm understanding of current political, social, economic, and religious issues to successfully engage in decision making, political debates, policy making, and other responsibilities inherent to the profession. In this course, students develop their understanding of global society through political issues. They identify the major challenges to peace and sustainability in the global environment. They also explore and discuss issues related to energy, trade, human rights, healthcare, sex and drug trafficking, and the disparity between rich nations and poor nations. Through this course, students gain skills needed to stay abreast of global issues in politics, and they consider how these issues can affect their daily personal and professional lives.
Volunteers are one of the most important resources for nonprofit organizations. Through this course, students learn the crucial importance of volunteers to organizations and groups striving to build better communities and address important social problems. Students explore how successful leaders recruit qualified volunteers, retain their commitment over time, and empower them to act on behalf of shared goals. They identify the key challenges facing organizations that rely heavily on volunteers and the most effective means of addressing these challenges. Students also examine and discuss the particular leadership skills required in volunteer organizations and consider how they can develop these proficiencies to lead future volunteer efforts and effect positive social change.
Society often associates entrepreneurship with the business world in which creative individuals use their imagination and skills to amass large fortunes. In this course, students explore a new breed of entrepreneur—the social entrepreneur. Students learn how social entrepreneurs help others by combining resources in unique ways to change underlying social structures for the greater good. Students examine social entrepreneurship methods, practices, and values. They also explore and discuss the impact of social entrepreneurship on social change. Students synthesize knowledge and apply course concepts as they work toward developing an original social-entrepreneurial venture.
How can we address contemporary challenges resulting from unforeseen market shifts, unemployment, home foreclosures, and other issues confronting community? In this course, students identify and apply the skills that are needed by individuals and groups to produce positive social change. They explore how positive social change takes place on a community level, and they examine the major obstacles to positive social change efforts. Additionally, students examine the key features of effective strategies, such as organization of people as well as economic and political resources. Using basic principles presented in the course, students develop a social change action plan through which they gain the practical skills and knowledge needed to effect positive social change in their own community.
Globalization has brought with it a shared understanding of human rights and a new set of social problems. Students in this course examine the issues of social justice that are prominent in the new global community. They also explore the role of women, environmental justice, the responsibility of richer nations to poorer nations, the promotion of diversity, the protection of human rights, and other contemporary issues. Students learn about the international organizations dedicated to promoting social justice and consider the importance of social justice in international relations. Throughout the course, students reflect on and respond to personal questions regarding perspectives, responsibilities, and roles in achieving global social justice. Finally, students consider how their personal ideology on global social justice has changed as a result of course readings, discussions, and applications.
In a society influenced by technological innovation and virtual spread of information, we can use technology to rekindle friendships with grade-school acquaintances and we can instantaneously follow every action of our favorite entertainers. But it is also our responsibility to know how to use these same social networking techniques and other more traditional means of communication as catalysts for positive social change. In this course, students learn how to use modern communication tools to promote positive social change and mobilize communities. They analyze the use of electronic tools for public and nonprofit sector organizations. Students also examine the key elements of a communication strategy—message development, target audience identification, selection of communication tools, and obtaining feedback—and apply these to current social issues.
In this course, students explore how groups and organizations are making a difference by serving the global community. Students examine the function, operation, and relationship between organizations that address global issues, such as disaster relief, HIV, hunger, education, women’s rights, and healthcare; such organizations include intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). They examine the strategies and techniques that successful organizations use in responding to global challenges. Students also consider current issues that have potential to become global crises, and they discuss the future of public service in the global community. Applying concepts of service and related governance issues, students complete a final research project on a major issue currently affecting the global society.
While traditional psychology in the United States has been Western in focus, increased globalization has promoted an examination into human behavior from a broader perspective that includes the influence of cultural and global trends on individual and group behavior. In this course, students explore a variety of global perspectives in psychology as well as some of the issues and controversies facilitated by differing cultures. They explore and discuss trends and research methods in global psychology, indigenous psychology, psychotherapy in a global world, and the role of psychologists internationally. Students critically evaluate psychological issues from a global rather than a domestic perspective. PSYC 1001 [or PSYC 1002 and PSYC 1003] and PSYC 2000.)
Globalization has created a smaller world. Media, culture, commerce, new neighbors, and new family members have drastically increased interactions among culturally diverse people. In this global environment, people need to interact effectively with all types of people, cultures, and world views. In this course, students are provided tools for observing, evaluating, and understanding various cultures to communicate effectively with others. Students explore the impact of culture and personal identity on communication strategies. They distinguish the modes and styles of communication unique to their personal culture from the cultures of others. Students explain how theories of cultural differences can help to anticipate and overcome challenges in intercultural situations. In addition, students apply effective intercultural communication skills to academic, personal, and professional settings.
|Course Code||HUMN 4920||Course||Capstone||Credits||(5 cr.)|
In this course, students synthesize information and experiences gathered over the course of the Bachelor of Science in Human Services program. Students will identify a human service gap in their local area and develop a detailed proposal for addressing the needs of the client population who are affected. This will include a background literature review, description of the problem area and the history of the community's response, and a detailed plan for addressing the gap with attention given to multicultural considerations. In accordance with Walden University's mission, students will be expected to demonstrate clearly the social change implications of the plan that they develop.
Choose 11 courses from either general education or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. At least 20 elective credits must be at the 3000–4000 level. Your elective credits should total 55 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on minors: Electives can also be used to complete a six-course minor.