Human Services Bachelor of Science Degree
Graduates of the B.S. in Human Services program have found employment in state agencies, community based rehabilitation and mental health centers, rehabilitation facilities, and public social service organizations. The B.S. in Human Services is a venerable program that has been preparing professionals for a wide range of positions in the fields of case management and social work related employment since the 1980’s.
The program is one of the few that broadly focuses on the field of human services in Montana, which is closely related to the field of social work. However, students focus more specifically on concentrations that include serving populations in mental health, disability, and family systems.
Although this degree is meant to prepare most graduates for employment primarily as professionals capable of casework with a diverse population, in an effort to expand employment opportunities for graduates, a concentration in Substance Abuse Counseling was recently added. The addiction counseling emphasis adds addiction assessment and treatment classes to increase the student's knowledge of addiction and their eventual employability in the community.
All students desiring admission to the Human Services or Rehabilitation Programs are required to file an application for admission. The application must be completed during the semester following the completion of 40 semester hours of credit, or, in the case of a transfer student, during the first semester of residence after the student has attained sophomore level.
- A minimum of 40 semester credits is to be completed prior to admission to the Human Services Program.
- A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 is required in all courses completed.
- All applicants must complete the General Education category requirements at Montana State University Billings, or at another regionally accredited institution of higher education, earning a minimum grade point average of 2.00. Courses taken on a pass/no pass or credit/noncredit basis will not be accepted to fulfill the requirements. Students should consult with their academic advisor.
- A minimum grade of B in HS 345
- The application should be accompanied by a background check and a working copy of the student’s transcript. The application should be submitted to the faculty advisor for review and approval and signed by the advisor.
- No internship can be completed without prior acceptance to the HS or REHA programs.
Students not accepted are encouraged to apply for admission during the next application period. It is the responsibility of each student to ensure that a completed application is submitted by the deadline. It is suggested that applications be submitted at least three (3) weeks prior to the end of the semester during which application is made. If admission to the Human Services or Rehabilitation Programs is denied, the applicant may appeal the decision to the Rehabilitation & Human Services Committee of the Department. The Department Chair serves as chair of the appeals committee.
Student Learning Objectives
The Student Learning Objectives for this program include:
- Assess and evaluate community resources related to human service delivery
- Apply ethical principles into the professional settings
- Integrate general counseling theory and techniques into practice
Bachelor of Science Degree Major in Human Services
|General Education Requirements||31|
|Students should consult with the Academic Advisor to determine if specific courses are necessary in order to satisfy the General Education requirements within this major.|
|HS 201||Survey of Human Services||3|
|HS 335||Introduction to Counseling||3|
|HS 345||Legal, Ethical, Prof Iss in HS||3|
|HS 394||Professional Seminar I in HS||1|
|HS 395||Suprv Field Experience I HS||3|
|HS 481||Abuse, Neglect in Family||3|
|HS 494A||Professional Seminar II in HS||1|
|HS 494B||Professional Seminar III in HS||1|
|HS 495A||Suprv Field Experience II HS||3|
|HS 495B||Suprv Field Experience III HS||3|
|REHA 201||Intro to Diversity in Counslng *||3|
|Math and Science Requirements|
|The degree program in Human Services requires three (3) semester credit hours in mathematics and three (3) semester credit hours in sciences, in addition to the General Education math/science requirements.|
|The science course should relate to some aspect of the human condition and is to be selected in consultation with the advisor.|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Intro to Statistical Concepts *|
|Assmnt in HS and Addctn Prgrms|
Any equivalent course selected in consultation with the student's advisor.
|Professional Skills Development for the Human Services|
|Select four (4) courses from the following for a total of 12 credits:||12|
|Psycho-Soc Asp of Rehab/Addct|
|Prncpls of Cnslng & Grp Theory|
|Assmnt in HS and Addctn Prgrms|
|Coun for Loss & Bereavement|
|Psych Rehab & Co-Occur Dsrds|
|Case Mgmt & Comm Resources|
|Total for Concentrations (See below)||30|
|Restricted electives selected with advisor approval||6|
|Total Minimum Credits||120|
May satisfy General Education requirements.
Human Services Concentration Areas
One (1) major concentration and two (2) minor concentrations. A minimum of four (4) courses must be completed in the major concentration chosen, and at least three (3) courses must be selected from the two (2) minor concentration areas for a minimum total of thirty (30) credits.
A course selected in one concentration cannot be used to satisfy the requirements in another concentration, skills development, General Education or core requirements. Certain courses in each concentration have prerequisites; students should check course descriptions for prerequisite requirements.
Mental Health Systems and Applied Psychology
|PSYX 330||Child Psychology||3|
|PSYX 340||Abnormal Psychology||3|
|PSYX 360||Social Psychology||3|
|PSYX 378||Intro to Clinical Psyc||3|
|PSYX 382||Forensic Psychology||3|
Chemical Addictions and Treatment in Human Services
|HS 385||Behavioral Pharmacology & HS||3|
|HS 483||Intro to Addiction Counseling||3|
|HTH 411||Alcohol, Tobacco, Drug Prevent||3|
|REHA 406||Assmnt in HS and Addctn Prgrms||3|
|REHA 499||Capstone Addctn Trtmnt P & D||2|
Social Issues Across the Lifespan
|EDEC 310||Child in the Family||3|
|EDEC 430||Soc/Emotional Dev in Yng Child||3|
|NASX 205||Native Americans in Contmp Soc *||3|
|NASX 332||MT Indians:Cltrs,Hist & Issues||3|
|NASX 406||Hist of American Indian Women||3|
|SOCI 201||Social Problems *||3|
|SOCI 327||Sociology of Deviance||3|
|SOCI 330||Juvenile Delinquency||3|
|SOCI 380||Soc of Health and Medicine||3|
|SOCI 382||Soc Psych and Social Structure||3|
|SOCI 431||Sociology of Gender Roles||3|
May satisfy General Education requirements.
Certain courses in this program have prerequisites; students should check the course descriptions for required prerequisites.
Suggested Plan of Study
Students should talk with their faculty advisors prior to registration for classes. It is a good practice to visit with the faculty advisor each semester. The following suggested schedule provides a general overview of courses and work that will enable the Human Services major to progress through the degree in an orderly and timely manner.
|HS 201||Survey of Human Services 1,2||3|
|HS 335||Introduction to Counseling 1||3|
|HS 345||Legal, Ethical, Prof Iss in HS 1||3|
& HS 394
|Suprv Field Experience I HS|
and Professional Seminar I in HS
|REHA 201||Intro to Diversity in Counslng||3|
|HS 481||Abuse, Neglect in Family 1||3|
& HS 494A
|Suprv Field Experience II HS|
and Professional Seminar II in HS 1
& HS 494B
|Suprv Field Experience III HS|
and Professional Seminar III in HS 1
Offered during both fall and spring semesters.