Impact lives and shape the social change you want to see with Walden’s MS in Human Services program.
From homelessness to substance abuse to poverty, a variety of factors contribute to criminal behavior in modern society. In the Criminal Justice specialization, you will explore both traditional and contemporary intervention and rehabilitation approaches for offenders as well as their victims. By examining the factors that contribute to criminal behavior, you can identify the key challenges facing the criminal justice system today—and what you as a human services professional can do to help address these problems.
This specialization can prepare you to lead programs within prisons as well as probation and parole programs. Other career opportunities include policy and planning in the Bureau of Prisons, Department of Justice, or halfway and rehabilitation programs.
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.
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 specialist at 855-646-5286.
|Course Code||HUMN 6000||Course||Foundation of Graduate Study in Human Services||Credits||(3 cr.)|
|Course Code||HUMN 6160||Course||The Advanced Human Services Professional Practitioner in a Changing World||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||HUMN 6161||Course||Assessment and Motivational Interviewing||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||HUMN 6162||Course||Cultural Humility and Diversity||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||HUMN 6480||Course||Applied Research and Evaluation Methods||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||HUMN 6XXX||Course||- Elective -||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||HUMN 6350||Course||Historical and Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||HUMN 6207||Course||Grant Writing||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||HUMN 6511||Course||Treatment of Forensic Populations||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||HUMN 6530||Course||Forensic Applications in Community Settings||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||HUMN 6660||Course||Social Change, Leadership, and Advocacy for Human Services Professionals||Credits||(5 cr.)|
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to Walden University and to the requirements for successful participation in an online curriculum. It provides a foundation for academic and professional success as a scholar-practitioner and as a social change agent. Topics include the relation of the mission and vision to professional goals; development of the program of study and Professional Development Plan; strategies for online success; introduction to the online library; and introduction to critical thinking, professional writing, and academic integrity. Course assignments focus on practical application of writing and critical-thinking skills and the promotion of academic excellence.
As leaders, advanced human services professional practitioners can inhabit many roles: generalist, planner, advanced case manager, advocate, humanitarian, and outreach worker. Throughout this course, students try on these roles in response to authentic human services scenarios in settings within a fictional community. In each scenario, they observe advanced human services professional practitioners applying role-specific strategies, approaches, and theories to help service users. Students also assess their current knowledge, skills, and abilities in relation to each role, as well as the values and experiences they bring to the profession. By the end of the course, students develop and refine a professional identity statement as a leader in the human services profession and examine self-care strategies relevant to the work of an advanced human services professional practitioner.
Organizational credibility, community trust, and fund-raising are increasingly dependent upon demonstration of program effectiveness and success. Students in this course are introduced to research and evaluation methods in the public and nonprofit sectors. They examine the strengths, limitations, and threats to validity; models, quantitative metrics, and tools used to evaluate programs and policies; and legal and ethical issues associated with research and evaluation methods. Students are asked to critically evaluate sample research using these parameters.
Students investigate the evolution of crime—from lone criminals to worldwide syndicates—using the scientific rigor built into the selected readings and discussions. Among the topics examined are the philosophy of community- and problem-oriented policing, transnational crime, terrorism, and the new nexus between them. Current and future leaders are equipped with the knowledge and depth of understanding to assess and manage the opportunities, innovations, and challenges in their profession.
Grant writing is a highly marketable skill that requires many nonprofit, educational, and community organizations to secure external funding to provide needed services to the community. In this course, students will explore the basic skills needed for non-research grant writing, including identifying potential funding sources, creating objectives and a need statement, preparing and justifying a budget, identifying appropriate assessment plans, and writing an executive summary. Through course assignments, students directly apply what they are reading and discussing by writing a full grant proposal based on an actual Request for Proposal (RFP).
In this course, students are provided with the basic knowledge necessary to evaluate and subsequently treat many different forensic populations. Various forensic populations, such as sex offenders, substance abusers, victims of crime, and employee assistance to law enforcement personnel, will be covered. The use of traditional forms of intervention, such as individual and group psychotherapy, as well as recent developments in intervention, such as restorative justice, will be addressed.
Students in this course concentrate on the application of forensic psychology to various community settings. An emphasis is placed on working with offenders upon re-entry to the community and offenders who receive non-incarceration community placements. However, students will also explore less common applications, such as restorative justice and community crime prevention.
This course is designed to enhance students’ understanding of the responsibility of human service professionals to foster social change; provide leadership and service to the human services professions; and advocate for their community, clients, colleagues, and professions. Students use research to examine the current trends and issues of the profession and identify how community, national, and international issues affect human services professions. Students also gain an understanding of the processes of advocacy and social change. Students continue to enhance their professional development plans by identifying specific goals for professional involvement and service.