Many people who work in not-for-profit and social services, including clinical practitioners, often find themselves moving quickly into management and executive positions. The program focuses on the skills required to effectively manage complex and dynamic environments that characterizes today’s human service sector, including program planning and development, fiscal management and evaluation, and organizational development.

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Our graduates have rewarding careers throughout the United States and around the world. Join the ranks in careers such as:
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Bachelor's Degree
High School Diploma


BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION – Human Services Concentration

Admissions Requirements

Cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

Support Courses

MATH 171 Elementary Statistics

An introduction to probability and statistics. Students satisfactorily completing this course will demonstrate skills in assignment of probability using permutations and combinations, distributions of random variables and statistics, and large sample theory, introduction to estimation and tests of significance. Includes Excel lab.

PHIL 215 Ethics for Life and Career

This course explores the ethical dimensions of human experience, especially with respect to work, professions, careers, and vocations. What is demanded of us as we enter into various careers? What would excellence in these fields require? Are there basic rules governing each profession, and if so, what broader goals do these rules serve? Are there basic rules or principles guiding human life in general? In all of these spheres of life, what does it mean to be good? Prerequisite: ENG 109 and ENG 110.

Business Administration Core

ECN 101 Microeconomics

Topics in this course include the behavior of individual households and firms, supply and demand analysis, and the various structures of a market economy. Students successfully completing this course will be able to identify and explain the major economic forces faced by a single firm in a capitalistic setting.

ECN 102 Macroeconomics

This course is designed for the general student as well as for the student considering further study in business administration, accounting or economics. This course develops basic economic theory to explain unemployment, inflation and economic growth and considers the role of governmental economic stabilization policy. Students successfully completing this course will be able to identify and explain the major economic forces faced by groups of firms in a capitalistic setting.

ACTG 210 Introduction to Financial Accounting

Introduction to reporting financial information regarding the operating, investing and financing activities of business enterprises to present and potential investors, creditors, and others. Prerequisites: BA 100

ACTG 211 Managerial Accounting

Managerial accounting is concerned with the development and use of accounting information as it applies to the decision‐making process. Attention is given to cost behavior, cost analysis, and budget development. Successful completion of this course will enable students to prepare and explain detailed financial reports as required by management. Prerequisites: BA 100, ACTG 210

BA 100 Survey of Business

A survey of the structure and functions of the American business system is provided, together with an overview of business organization, accounting, finance, and principles of management, economics, marketing, personnel and the interdependence of business, the community and government. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to describe and explain the basic internal functional areas of a business, and their relationship to outside stakeholders. This course is not open as an elective for sophomores or upper division business majors.

BA 310 Principles of Management

A study of the basic principles, concepts, theories and analytical tools in management. Topics include introduction to management, planning and decision-making, organizing for stability and change, leading and controlling. Consideration will be given to both theoretical and practical aspects of management. Students completing this course successfully will be able to describe both the theoretical background and practical applications of popular management principles and strategies. Prerequisites: BA 100

BA 320 Principles of Marketing

A study of the problems involved in making marketing decisions for the consumer and organizational markets. Study includes the price of the product, the promotion of the product, and the channels of distribution for the product. Successful completion of the course will enable the student to make sound product, price, distribution, and promotion decisions for a specific product or service offering. Prerequisites: BA 100; ECN 101 or ECN 102.

BA 330 Business Law

A study of traditional business law topics – contracts, sales, torts, agency, business organizations and other basic topics. Successful completion of this course will enable students to understand and use business law principles to guide sound business decisions. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; BA 100 or consent of instructor.

BA 340 Corporate Financial Management

Introduces the student to the goals and objectives of financial management within the corporate setting. Students will become familiar with functions of the various financial areas, the development and use of information by the financial manager, and the various analytical tools and techniques used. Successful completion of this course will enable students to make sound, risk-sensitive financial decisions for their business. Emphasis will be placed upon financial decision making. Prerequisites: BA 100; ACTG 210; MATH 171.

BA 350 Business Information Systems

A study of the uses of the computer in the functional areas of business administration. Major emphasis will be directed to analysis, design and implementation of Management Information Systems. Successfully completing this course will be able to critically analyze the efficiency and effectiveness of business information systems. Prerequisites: Junior standing; BA 100; ACTG 210; ACTG 211.

BA 382 Business Negotiations

This course will provide students with an opportunity to understand, analyze, and evaluate the fundamentals, major concepts, and theories of business negotiation. In this course, students will be able to prepare for negotiating in any business situation or environment, learn various strategies on how to resolve potentially destructive disputes, learn to adapt in a dynamic negotiation environment and how to establish trust and form alliances, understand the role of culture on negotiation, and how to detect and deal with ethical dilemmas in business negotiation.

BA 383 Business and Society

This intermediate course is designed to provide the student with a basic understanding of business and how it relates to society as a whole. The major topics include the corporation in society, the business and the social environment, business and the ethical environment, business and government in a global society, the corporation and the natural environment, business and technological change, and business and the media. A systems-thinking approach is central to the course, wherein business, government and society are so closely intertwined that an action that affects one will inevitably affect the others. The corporation’s responsibilities to primary and secondary stakeholders, both economic and ethical, are studied in light of various social issues.

BA 419 Business Strategy

This course focuses on the competitive strategy of the firm by examining issues central to the firm’s long and short-term competitive position. The course develops a set of analytical frameworks that enable students to explain performance differences among firms and that, in turn, provide a structure for making strategic decisions to enhance the firm’s future competitive positions. This course functions as the capstone course for the Business Administration major. Prerequisites: Senior Standing and the completion of all other business core requirements.

Human Services Concentration

CJ 231 Introduction to Criminal Justice

A survey of the major components of the criminal justice system including the police, courts, and corrections. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to describe the American criminal justice structure and functions, distinguish between consensus and conflict models of the criminal justice system and explain the meaning of due process and equal protection under the law.

CJ 260 Criminal Law and Individual Rights

This course covers substantive criminal law and criminal procedure. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to articulate the origins of criminal law; identify the elements of various types of crime and defenses to criminal acts; and discuss constitutional protections related to search and seizure, due process, double- jeopardy, rights against self-incrimination, rights to an attorney, rights to a jury trial and court decisions on cruel and unusual punishments.

PSYC 131 General Psychology

This course provides a broad overview of the science of psychology including its main sub-disciplines, such as abnormal psychology, motivation, personality, memory, learning, emotions, therapy and biopsychology. By completing this course, students should be able to demonstrate an increased understanding of themselves and others, show appreciation for the nature and range of the science of psychology, identify the career possibilities that are available in the field of psychology and show themselves proficient in the scientific methods employed in psychological research.

PSYC 361 Abnormal Psychology

This course surveys a range of major pathological behavioral patterns identified by the DSM-IV-TR and discusses the theories and diagnoses of these patterns. By completing this course, students will be able to differentiate the major models of abnormal behavior and their implied methods of intervention, identify the basic types of mental disorders, and explain the major issues confronted in abnormal psychology. Prerequisites: PSYC 131 or PSYC 251

SOC 243 Social Problems

This course is designed to present an enlightened analytical review, understanding, and interpretation of contemporary social problems within the context of broad social and structural forces that make America what it is today. Emphasis is on the links between specific modern social problems and broader structural issues of inequality and the economic priorities in the United States today. Strategies for dealing with or solving social problems will be explored. Those who successfully complete the course will be able to identify and analyze the elements of most of the major social problems, especially in the United States.

SOC 310 Race and Ethnicity

This course will discuss the concepts of race, ethnicity, dominant group vs. the minority group status, human diversity as well as the concepts of discrimination, racism, attitudes, prejudice and stereotyping in this concept. It will also discuss various racial, ethnic, religious, nationality, linguistic, and cultural groups in the U.S. in particular, and the human diversity all over the world in general.

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PSYC/SOC 205 The Family

This course examines the basic dynamics of family relationships from both psychological and sociological perspectives. By completing this course, students should be able to explain the major family structures and the family life cycle, identify typical patterns that develop within families, show proficiency in the practical skills for handling family conflict and describe the reciprocal influence of family life, culture and society. Cross listed as PSYC 205 The Family.

PSYC 209 Social Psychology

The purpose of this course is to introduce the field of social psychology. There are three major sub-goals: (1) To introduce the ways in which social psychologists think about and approach the world. One of the recurring themes will be that social psychology relies on experimental studies of the social processes that surround us in everyday life. The results of such experiments sometimes do, and sometimes do not, support intuitions that people might have about social behavior. (2) To introduce the body of knowledge and underlying principles that currently exist in the field. (3) To encourage thought about the implications of social-psychological research for daily life. Prerequisites: SOC 100 or PSYC 131

PSYC 326 Introduction to Counseling

This course covers the basic principles and techniques of counseling. By completing this course, students will be able to articulate the major approaches to counseling (e.g., action oriented therapies, experiential/emotive-oriented therapies, cognitive-behavioral therapies, group approaches, and systems approaches), demonstrate specific skills commonly used in counseling, understand common issues typically faced by counselors, appreciate the mechanics of the healing process, and understand career possibilities in the field of counseling. Prerequisites: PSYC 324 or PSYC 361

PSYC 372 Positive Psychology

This course explores how and why people thrive and experience well-being. Positive psychology is the scientific approach to understanding people’s strengths and promoting positive functioning. Students will be able to describe, discuss, implement, and appraise the major theories of the factors related to psychological well-being. In addition, students will gain an understanding of the influence of biological, personal, cultural, and social contexts on human well-being.

Wesleyan Studies

Wesleyan Studies is the general education curriculum at IW.

Rhetorical Foundations

ENG 109 College Composition (WI)
ENG 110 College Research (WI)
COMM 147 Introduction to Public Speaking

Quantitative and Scientific Reasoning

Math – complete Math for Life, Elementary Stats, Pre-Calculus, or Calculus
Science – complete one Natural or Physical Science course with lab


Complete two classes, one theory-based and performance-based

Understanding Self and Society

Complete two classes from a choice of Religion/Philosophy/History/English/Economics. Must be from two different categories.

Individuals and Society/Groups

Complete one class from a pool of Psychology or Sociology options.

Global Awareness

WS 300 Global Issues

Service Learning

WS 320 Leadership and Service

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  1. Complete all Wesleyan Studies, support and major courses and requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0
  2. Complete a minimum of 120 credit hours, with at least 30 upper level credits
  3. Complete at least 30 credit hours from Iowa Wesleyan University

All degree requirements are subject to change. Please see the current Undergraduate Course Catalog for degree requirements


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