Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Human Services and Social Justice

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs

Prerequisite courses:

SOC 1001Introduction to Sociology
or SOC 1002 The Sociological Imagination
HSSJ 1100Introduction to Human Services and Social Justice

Required courses in the major:

HSSJ 1177Organizing for Social Justice in Human Services
HSSJ 2170Interpersonal Relationships in Human Services
HSSJ 2171Human Interactions: Child and Adolescent Development
HSSJ 2172Human Interactions: Adult Development
HSSJ 2200Principles of Ethical Leadership
HSSJ 3100WProgram Planning & Evaluation
HSSJ 3110WNonprofit and Organizational Management
HSSJ 3110Nonprofit and Organizational Management
HSSJ 3152Fact/Field/Fiction: Intersections in HSSJ
HSSJ 4193Research and Independent Study (Only required for Special Honors)
HSSJ 4195Capstone Seminar in HSSJ
SOC 2101Social Research Methods
Two of the following four courses must be completed: At least one must be SOC 2170 or SOC 2179; the second course can be any of the four courses listed below.
SOC 2170Class and Inequality in American Society
or SOC 2179 Race and Minority Relations
SOC 2104Contemporary Sociological Theory
SOC 2175Sociology of Sex and Gender

The general education curriculum of Columbian College engages students in active intellectual inquiry across the liberal arts. Students achieve a set of learning outcomes that meaningfully enhance their analytical skills, that develop communication competencies, and that invite them to participate as responsible citizens, attentive to issues of culture, diversity, and privilege.

Course work for the general education curriculum includes 24 credits of approved analytic courses in quantitative and scientific reasoning and in critical and creative thinking. Students engage diverse viewpoints by incorporating 3 credits of courses into that program that include global or cross-cultural perspectives and 3 credits that include local/civic engagement. Students must also demonstrate written and oral communication skills through 13 credits of approved course work.

The general education curriculum is a “living curriculum” and therefore will change from year to year. Courses added to the curriculum are generally available to students immediately after being approved; some are phased in as deemed appropriate. As such, it is essential that students consult with their professional academic advisors. The basic distribution of the curriculum follows.

Analysis—3 credits in mathematics or statistics (quantitative reasoning); 6 credits in natural and/or physical laboratory sciences (scientific reasoning); 6 credits in social sciences (quantitative, scientific, critical, or creative thinking); 6 credits in humanities (critical or creative thinking); 3 credits in art: visual, performing, critical, or historical practices (critical or creative thinking).

Perspective—3 credits that include a global or cross-cultural perspective; 3 credits that include local/civic engagement

Communication—4 credits in UW 1020 University Writing; 2 Writing in the Disciplines (WID) courses; 3 credits in oral communication. Note: UW 1020 University Writing must be taken before enrolling in the WID courses, and the WID courses must be taken in separate semesters. One of the two WID courses may double count toward the Analysis and/or Perspective course work. The oral communication course may count toward the Analysis and/or Perspective requirements, or it may be met through major requirements.

Courses taken to fulfill any of the general education requirements may also be counted toward the major. With some exceptions made for transfer students, courses fulfilling these requirements must be completed in residence at the University. A full list of approved courses is maintained by the Office of Undergraduate Studies.

In addition to meeting the general requirements stated under University Regulations, a candidate for graduation with Special Honors in human services must maintain a 3.5 grade-point average in the major, must be registered in HSSJ 4193 Research and Independent Study during his or her senior year and must receive an A grade on the final paper.