HUMAN SERVICES DEGREE ONLINE

The field of Human Services is one of the most rapidly growing sectors within the United States’ economy. Human Services jobs typically require a bachelor’s degree for employment or promotion. To address this need, Iowa Wesleyan University condensed Criminal Justice, Psychology, and Sociology majors into a single Human Services major that are attractive, valuable, and practical for many helping professions.

The Human Services Degree online is designed to be flexible and convenient to meet the needs of today’s students. Our online classroom allows you 24/7 access to your coursework when and where it’s convenient for you. We are non-profit, regionally accredited, and nationally ranked as one of the best online bachelor’s programs by U.S. News and World Report

  • Eight-week terms with six start dates during the year
  • Learn from faculty with practitioner experience
  • Accept up to 90 transfer credits in transfer
  • Credit awarded for military experience

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CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Our graduates have rewarding careers throughout the United States and around the world. Join the ranks in careers such as:
  • Nonprofit, state, and federal agencies
  • Alcohol and drug treatment centers
  • Organizations serving senior citizens
  • Law enforcement agencies
  • Probation/parole offices
  • Corrections
  • Family services
  • Department of Children and Family Service

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HUMAN SERVICES DEGREE ONLINE

Admissions Requirements

To be admitted to the Human Services Degree Online you must have:

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

Support Courses

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.

This course explores the fundamental principles of successful professional communication. Topics included are, how to write business correspondence, job search correspondence, public relations documents and professional reports. Learning include how to define audiences and purpose, designing document layout, as well as writing, revising and proofreading text. Prerequisite ENG 109

This course teaches effective presentational skills through the performance of speeches and literary interpretations. Students develop key public speaking skills such as audience analysis, exigency analysis, critical and interpretive analysis of content, organization of content in appropriate presentational formats, and the effective use of voice, diction, pacing, and emphasis.

Human Services Degree

An introduction to the basic concepts, principles, and theories of sociology. Special attention will be given to examination of individuals and groups in society; social class and conflict; social institutions such as family, education, religion, political organization; and social change. Students who successfully complete the course will be able to explain the above-mentioned social topics and to analyze the dynamics of various social situations.

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.

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 in the human services degree online, 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.

This course in the human services degree online 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 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. Prerequisite: PSYC 131 or PSYC 251. 3 Credit Hours

PSYC 324 Child Psychopathology

The purpose of this course is to help students understand the continuum of normal and abnormal human development. The course approaches the topic by combining developmental and abnormal psychology perspectives. Students will be able to describe, discuss, implement, and appraise the major theories of the causes and treatment of developmental psychopathology. They will gain knowledge of the process of evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of childhood disorders. In addition, students will gain an understanding of the influence of biological, cultural, and familial contexts on human development. Prerequisite: PSYC 131 or PSYC 251. 3 Credit Hours

This is a multidimensional course that focuses on the psychological, biological, social, and family system variables found within addiction. By completing this course, students should be able to describe and discuss the facts and concepts of addiction, identify the functions, meanings, models, and at-risk factors of addiction, recognize and describe the effects of family dynamics in the arena of dependency, and describe interactions within interventions and treatments of addiction. 3 Credit Hours

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.

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.

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.

CJ 347 Research Methods in Criminal Justice

This course provides students with the fundamental tools for evaluating, designing, and implementing basic and applied empirical research within the area of criminal justice. This course will provide students with an introduction to research methods in criminal justice and criminology, with applications to both pure and applied research. The course provides a basic conceptual framework for understanding and interpreting criminal justice research as well as designing, conducting, and evaluating research projects. The association between theories and research methods used in the study of criminal justice is explored through a variety of related data sources. Topics covered include: the principles of research design; problems of inference; survey design; and basic methods of data analysis. Students will obtain hands-on experience in project design and data analysis. Prerequisites CJ231, CJ260, CJ316, and CJ307. 3 Credit Hours

This course is designed as a capstone experience for students pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Human Services.  This course will require students to demonstrate their ability to meet program objectives, demonstrate knowledge and skills required of their field, integrate, and build on knowledge gained throughout the course of the program.  Students will achieve these goals through the completion of a major research paper that exhibits significant comprehension of a subject area within the area of Human Services.

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. 3 Credit Hours

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. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or PSYC 131. 3 Credit Hours

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. 3 Credit Hours

Wesleyan Studies

Wesleyan Studies is the general education curriculum at IW.
Complete all of the following:
WS 101 Student Success1
ENG 109 College Composition (WI)3
ENG 110 College Research (WI)3
Complete one (1) of the following:
COMM 147 Introduction to Public Speaking3
BA/COMM 255 Business and Professional Communication3
SM 232 Sports Information and Communication Practices3
ENG 210 Media Lab3

Math

Complete one (1) of the following:
MATH 102 Math for Life3
MATH 171 Elementary Statistics4
MATH 201 Pre-Calculus3
MATH 231 Calculus I4

Science

Complete one (1) of the following:
BIO 201 General Botany4
BIO 211 General Zoology4
BIO 241 Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 260 Ecology and Conservation4
CHEM 175 General Chemistry4
PHYS 210 General Physics 14
Complete three credit hours from two different areas: (*=audition required)
ART 107 Introduction to the Art of Smartphone Photography3
ART 201 Basic Studio & Design 2-D3
ART 203 Art Appreciation3
ART 215 Painting I3
ART 216 Ceramics I3
ART 219 Drawing I3
ART 381 History of Art I3
ART 382 History of Art II3
DMD 109 Survey of Multimedia3
ENG 247 Imaginative Writing3
Any 200 or 300 level English Literature course3
MUS 101/2 Ensembles*1
MUS 103/4 Concert Choir*1
MUS 105/6 SE IA Community Band*1
MUS 107/8 Jazz Big Band*1
MUS 109/110 SE Iowa Symphony*1
MUS 120 Guitar1
MUS 121/2 Private Instruction0.5
MUS 131/2 Beginning Piano1
MUS 221/2 Private Instruction0.5
MUS 225 Survey of Music Literature3
MUS 353 History of Music (to 1750)3
MUS 354 History of Music (1750 to Present)3
PE 107 Dance & Movement3
PHIL 130 Critical Reasoning3
PHIL 201 Introduction to Philosophy3
PHIL 215 Ethics for Life & Career3
PHIL 306 Philosophy of Religion3
REL 150 Introduction to World Religions3
REL 300 Religion in West Civilization3
Complete three credit hours from two different areas:
HIST 125 U.S. History Survey, 1607-18773
HIST 126 U.S. History Survey, 1877-Present3
HIST 173 Western Civilization to 13503
HIST 174 Western Civilization since 13503
HIST 320 Ante-Bellum America3
ECN 101 Microeconomics3
ECN 102 Macroeconomics3
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology3
SOC/PSYC 205 The Family3
SOC 243 Social Problems3
PSYC 131 General Psychology3
PSYC 251 Developmental Psychology3
EDUC 296 Educational Psychology3
EDUC 301 Education of Exceptional Person3
EDUC 306 Collaboration and The Family3
SM 102 Sport and Society3
Complete one of the following:
BA 318 Global Business3
CJ 370 Multiculturalism in Criminal Justice3
EDUC 357 Human Relations: Global Perspectives for Educators3
IS 100 Introduction to International3
IS 101 Life and Culture3
NUR/WS 325 Global Health Care3
SOC 310 Race and Ethnicity3

WS 300 Global Issues

WS 320 Leadership and Service

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GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

To graduate with a Human Services Degree Online, you must:

  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

FINANCING YOUR EDUCATION

Finance the Human Services Degree Online by:

 

  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Military/Veteran’s Benefits
  • Tuition Reimbursement/Employer Assistance Programs
  • Payment Plans

Discover more details regarding options to finance your education at Financial Aid Information