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Bachelor's in Human Services Administration Curriculum

Core courses cover a range of applicable fields, from management to counseling to business communications. Then you'll choose a highly specialized concentration, including one for pilots (Human Factors in Aviation Concentration). You'll finish with a combination of management skills and knowledge of an area of business or health care.


The bachelor's program in Human Services Administration comprises 120 credit hours. The program consists of a general education section, a core course section and the concentration.

General Education Requirements (30 credits)

Students are required to complete 30 credit hours as part of the General Education Program.

Human Services Administration Major Requirements


HS 1100 - Social Issues & Human Services Delivery Systems (3 credits)

This course will review contemporary and historical social issues in the United States, with an emphasis on at-risk populations and disenfranchised groups. Social problems such as gangs, substance abuse, homelessness, child abuse, poverty, and immigration will be addressed, in addition to political, economic, policy, and educational implications. Systems of delivery within the human services field will be introduced and examined.

HS 1200 - Introduction to Human Services Administration (3 credits)

This course provides an overview of Human Services Administration as a profession. Emphasis is placed on providing familiarity with the roles and functions of Human Services workers/administrators and an examination of the factors necessary to enter the Human Services field. The course focuses on the history of helping, the human services movement, current issues related to human services, managed care, and models of service delivery. The ethical principles that guide the Human Services Administration profession will also be examined.

HS 1300 - Interpersonal Assessment Skills in Human Relations (3 credits)

This course provides an opportunity to learn basic skills essential for the assessment of interpersonal relations. Students will examine interpersonal dynamics and communication in families, the workplace, community organizations, and social settings. An emphasis is placed on developing skills in listening, observation, and analysis. Case studies will be used to explore a variety of presenting problems and appropriate assessment strategies.

HS 1400 - Counseling and Assessment in Human Services (3 credits)

Provides an overview of assessment procedures used in counseling settings including intelligence, achievement, interests, personality, observational assessments, and career.  Students will consider cultural and ethical factors in determining appropriate evaluation instruments, procedure and interpretation of test data.  Application of test data in human services settings will be emphasized.

MGT 2050 - Principles of Management (3 credits)

Provides an overview of management history and theory, schools of management thought, the functions and processes of management, and the environment within which the modern manager operates.

ECN 2025 - Principles of Macroeconomics (3 credits)

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the tools and methodology utilized by economists to analyze how the macro economy functions in both the short and long terms. The course will begin with a study of how market systems and nonmarket systems address the problem of scarcity and unlimited wants. Theories of consumption, investment, the public sector and foreign trade will be developed to illustrate their role in determining the levels of output, employment and prices in both a closed and open economy. The role of Fiscal and Monetary Policies and their short and long run impacts as well as supply side economic theories will be followed by the study of investment in Human and Physical Capital and how these investments influence economic growth and development. The course will conclude with the study of international trade and finance and their impact on the domestic economy. Prerequisite: ECN 2020.

ACT 2030 - Foundations of Accounting II (3 credits)

Provides a continuation of accounting foundations through financial accounting and its decision-making elements. Areas covered are the business activities captured through financial accounting, the financial statements, and financial analysis.

WRIT 3150  - Business Writing (3 credits)

This course focuses on techniques for effective communication in global business environments. Students learn various strategies for writing letters, memos, proposals, electronic communication, and other types of writing in the workplace.

PADM 1000 - Introduction to Public Administration (3 credits)

Public Administration is a multi-disciplinary discipline that provides students with the basic skills necessary for employment in government, public service, and non-profit organizations. This course is a survey of the field of public administration, and will introduce the student to the history, theories, concepts, and practice of public administration. This course will provide an overview of the major subfields in public administration and will serve as a basis for further study in the field.

MATH 2020 - Applied Statistics (3 credits)

An introductory course in the use of descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics include graphical and numerical descriptive measures, probability, common random variables and their distributions, sampling procedures, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing (including tests for independence and goodness of fit). This course has been exempted from the requirements of the Writing Across the Curriculum policy. Prerequisite: MATH 1030 or higher.

HS 3300 - Ethical and Professional Issues in Human Services (3 credits)

This course provides a basic overview of the legal and ethical issues associated with the human services profession. A case study approach will be applied to provide a variety of realistic situations to illustrate potential ethical challenges and dilemmas. In addition, students will gain familiarity with the ethical standards of the American Counseling Association, the American Psychological Association, and related professional organizations.

HS 3315 - Human Services and Cultural Diversity (3 credits)

This course will examine the role of cultural diversity in human services/helping professions and will allow students the opportunity to increase self-awareness with regard to worldviews and personal beliefs about diversity issues. Key aspects of cultural competency will be reviewed including its history, definitions, and selected conceptual models, in addition to its relevance and importance in the development and administration of human services organizations.

HS 3990 - Supervised Experience in Human Services I (3 credits)

This field experience will be individually arranged and will provide supervised on-site administrative experience (175 hours). Students are expected to propose two non-profit community-based organizations (CBO) and will complete their field experience in one of these. These experiences will provide an in-depth look at nonprofit systems, program development and evaluation, fundraising and issues faced by nonprofit organizations in changing economic and political climates and will be supervised by NSU faculty on a weekly basis.

HS 4100 - Rehabilitation Principles and Case Management (3 credits)

The purpose of this course is to study the progression of rehabilitating individuals with disabilities in our society today.  The relationship that exists among the different agencies and entities in the rehabilitation process will be highlighted and emphasized along with factors that facilitate or hinder the collaborative process. Principles and current practices in the process of rehabilitation will be introduced. These may include: the goals and models of case management in rehabilitation, client/consumer interviewing and assessment, planning for appropriate and effective intervention strategies, services, working with families, and benefits included in a rehabilitation plan, monitoring & evaluation of client progress, and follow up and closure.

MKT 3050 - Marketing Principles and Application (3 credits)

A focus on the marketing concept, and examination of a marketing oriented firm. Topics include consumer behavior, market analysis and the marketing mix. Students will produce a marketing plan

HS 4200 - Accountability in Human Services Administration (3 credits)

This course provides an overview of the concept of accountability in Human Services Administration. Students will be introduced to the many ways individuals and agencies are held accountable (i.e., financially, legally, ethically) and the roles stakeholders serve in human services organizations. Special emphasis will be placed on strategies to ensure legal and ethical practices, and to maintain compliance with oversight agencies (i.e., accrediting bodies, grantors, ethical oversight committees, etc.).

HS 4250 - Program Planning and Evaluation (3 credits)

This course provides an overview of the competencies necessary to critically plan, implement and evaluate human service programs. Relevant program evaluation models are reviewed and a primer of quantitative and qualitative research methods is provided. Data collection techniques and the ethics and standards of evaluation practice are also covered. Social and human service trends relevant to program planning are also addressed in order to assist in the development of human service programs to meet future societal needs.

HS 4995 - Supervised Experience in Human Services II (3 credits)

The second component of the field experience will be individually arranged as well and will provide supervised on-site administrative experience (175 hours). Students will select their second choice of Community Based Organization (CBO) and will complete their field experience in this site. These experiences will now provide a hands-on implementation of principles and theory learned as it relates to nonprofit systems, program development and evaluation, fundraising, finance and budget issues faced by nonprofit organizations along with factors that impact change in economic and political climates. Students will be supervised by NSU faculty on a weekly basis.



HS 3120 - Grant Writing and Management (3 credits)

This course will introduce students to the purpose of grant writing and the basic components of a variety of grant applications/proposals. Students will learn how to identify an organization?s needs, locate funding opportunities, access resources, and organize team members to create a competitive grant proposal. Emphasis will be placed on developing skills needed to read and understand application guidelines, and write a successful grant proposal. Students will also be introduced to post-award procedures and grant management, including evaluation and reporting. 

HS 3130 - Nonprofit Leadership (3 credits)

This course will equip students with a foundation in leadership through learning major leadership theories and their applications in the nonprofit sector. Students will build upon skills of decision-making, understand issues related to compliance, gain knowledge of the importance and function of community collaborations, and will be able to demonstrate ethical decision-making. Case studies that demonstrate challenges within nonprofit organizations will be discussed and analyzed. 

HS 3140 - Fundraising and Philanthropy (3 credits)

This course examines various funding streams of nonprofit organizations, including government sources, public and private foundations, corporations, and individuals. This course explores historical issues related to philanthropy in the United States and the role of philanthropy in the nonprofit sector. Students will develop an understanding of fundraising plans, which include strategies for identifying and building relationships with potential donors. Legal and ethical issues pertaining to fundraising will be discussed.

HS 3150 - Strategic Planning in Human Services (3 credits)

This course will examine the strategic planning process in public and non-profit organizations. Emphasis will be placed on the theory and practice of strategic planning and management theory in the non-profit sector. The course will cover various approaches to designing and conducting strategic planning, including involvement of stakeholders and specific techniques for conducting environmental scans, strategic issue identification, strategy formulation. 



HS 3410 - Case Management Methods (3 credits)

Students will explore case management practice from intake to termination including completing an initial interview, dealing with difficult topics, receiving and releasing information, preparing a plan of service, documentation, and termination. Topics to be explored include a theoretical approach to case management, cultural competence, resources and referrals, and creating a treatment plan in accordance with best practices.<

HS 3420 - Advocating for Individuals with Special Needs (3 credits)

This course focuses on teaching students principles and strategies of advocacy for individuals with special needs in a variety of settings, including agency, legislative, legal, and community. Included are such topics as ethics in advocacy, important related laws, types of services available, how to find services, and strategies for advocacy.

HS 3430 - Special Topics in Advocacy (3 credits)

This class is designed for exploring contemporary issues and topics in advocacy. An overview of the impact of government policies on families and contemporary American social services will be provided. Students will learn how to assess the effectiveness of policies and programs from a family perspective, learn about the policy-making process, and critically examine different roles professionals can play in influencing policy development. In addition, awareness on a range of social issues, such as poverty and homelessness, disabilities, mental illness, and racial and gender inequality will be covered. This course will allow students to assess and develop their personal leadership, while emphasizing the values, knowledge, and skills required for effective advocacy. 

HS 3440 - Assessment and Treatment Planning (3 credits)

This course examines all the components that are essential when completing assessments and treating plans. Methods used to screen and evaluate clients? needs, issues, strengths, and weaknesses through various techniques are examined and then tied to the treatment planning process. Understanding the client in context and use of referrals and resources is discussed. Proper documentation of assessment and treatment planning, as well as ethics involved, will be examined as well. 



BHS 3110 - Health Care Ethics (3 credits)

This course is designed to introduce ethical thinking and concepts regarding health care to prepare the student with the essential vocabulary and thought processes to understand, evaluate and participate in ethical decision making. Students will be introduced to the idea that ethical problems are largely a matter of reason and that progress toward solutions can be gained through an application of normative ethical (philosophical) theory. Prerequisite: COMP 1500. 

BHS 3151 - Health Services Management (3 credits)

This course will provide an overview of health care and general management to prepare the student for a managerial role in Health Care administration. Course topics include human resource issues and policy, personnel planning, staffing, development, coaching and training of employees. Prerequisite: COMP 1500.

BHS 3161 - Concepts of Health Care Finance (3 credits)

The course introduces the fundamental tools, concepts, and applications aimed at providing students an understanding of numerous financial theories and techniques utilized in health care financial management. The course materials are structured around emerging health care policies and the role finance and economics play in establishing policy. Cases studies are drawn from a variety of sources such as health maintenance organizations, home health agencies, nursing units, hospitals, and integrated health care systems. Some topics of discussion also include: concepts of capital financing for providers, budgeting, financial ethics, payment systems, provider costs, high cost of health care, and measuring costs. Prerequisite: COMP 1500. 

BHS 3170 - Health Care Delivery Systems (3 credits)

The purpose of this course is to provide an overview and analysis of American health care delivery systems. An understanding of the economical, social, political and professional forces that shape the health care delivery system will be discussed as well as an examination of how the system is organized, how services are delivered, and the mechanisms by which health care services are financed. Prerequisite: COMP 1500. 



SOCL 2000 - Introduction to Social Work (3 credits)

This course covers the basic theoretical and professional approaches to general social work in society. The class includes examination of social justice issues and social welfare policies, as well as the role of social workers among different populations and in various settings. Prerequisite: SOCL 1020.

HS 3330 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment (3 credits)

This course will examine theories of how the environment affects human behavior. Interactions between individuals and groups of people, impact of culture and society on one?s values, perceptions of the world, and beliefs will be explored. Additionally, influence of gender, sexual orientation, religion, spirituality, and socioeconomic class, on perceptions, experiences, and development across the lifespan will be discussed as well. Students will have the opportunity to self-reflect on how the multiple dimensions of the environment impacts their behavior and how it makes sense in context. The application of theoretical frameworks, such as the ecological model, to assessment and intervention practices in social work will also be examined. 

HS 3340 - Interviewing and Assessment (3 credits)

Social workers use interviewing skills to develop and foster therapeutic relationships with their clients, gather information, and facilitate change. This course is designed to teach basic interviewing techniques, including active listening, observation, interpretation, and communicating empathy. In addition, students will learn mental health diagnostic codes, and assessment writing skills and techniques. The course will also address issues in cross-cultural interviewing and in specific problematic interview situations. 

HS 3350 - Social Work Practice (3 credits)

This course will prepare students for practice in the field of social work through developing a wide range of skills needed for generalist social work practice. Students will develop interviewing skills, listening skills, and learn how to create an alliance and co-collaborate goals with clients. Additionally, students will gain an understanding of ethical standards in social work practice, learn the stages of the helping process, and identify common methods of assessment. Contextual variables will be examined, such as environmental and interpersonal stressors. Overall, students will gain knowledge and build upon skills that assess and provide assistance for individuals, families, groups, and communities. 



PSYC 2020 - Foundations of Clinical and Counseling Psychology (3 credits)

This course serves as an overview of Clinical and Counseling Psychology including a discussion of the training and employment of clinical/counseling psychologists; the assessment tools and treatment approaches routinely utilized by clinical/counseling psychologists; subspecialties of clinical and counseling psychology; and current trends and emerging issues in the field of clinical/counseling psychology. Various other related counseling professions are discussed throughout the course. Prerequisite: PSYC 1020 or PSYC 1020H.

PSYC 2575 - Introduction to Substance Abuse Studies (3 credits)

This course will provide a sound introduction to the pharmacology and physiology of licit and illicit drugs. Psychological, social, physiological, and pharmacological effects of psychoactive substances will be discussed. Signs and symptoms of substances abuse and diagnostic criteria for evaluating chemical dependency will also be studied. Prerequisite: PSYC 1020 or PSYC 1020H.

PSYC 3575 - Treatment of Substance Abuse (3 credits)

This course will focus on the various therapeutic approaches that may be successfully employed in the treatment of substance abuse problems and will discuss the different types of facilities available for substance abuse treatment. Additionally, treatment planning, clinical documentation and supervision, and the influences of managed care and other third-party payers will be thoroughly examined. Prerequisite: PSYC 2575.

PSYC 3800 - Current Psychotherapies (3 credits)

This course is a comprehensive introduction into the most popular counseling theories and techniques currently in use. The needs of special populations, including substance abuse clients, adolescents, and clients from other cultures are examined. Prerequisite: PSYC 1020 or PSYC 1020H. 

See the entire program at a glance. The four-year plan of study will assist you in planning your future at NSU. It presents an overall idea of the order in which courses might be taken in a four-year plan during a student's college career. 



The academic program and curriculum requirements listed on this page are from the NSU Undergraduate Student Catalog. Students are bound by policies and curricula published in the catalog in effect the semester they enter the university, unless an agreement is made with appropriate NSU administration officials allowing them to abide by policies published in a later catalog.

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