Course Descriptions


 
Student may register for any 100 and 200 level classes for which they have met the prerequisite.

Students wishing to register for BHS (300 and 400 level) classes must first apply for admission to the BHS program.  Students who have earned their AAS in Human Services may take up to 6 upper division credits before applying for the BHS. 

Find information on how to apply for the BHS.


Students wishing to register for graduate level classes (600 level) must apply for the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Human Service Systems.  In some cases Baccalaurate students may register for Graduate level courses with prior permission from the Department Chair. 

Find information on how to apply for the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Human Service Systems.

 

Course Descriptions

HUMS A101 Introduction to Human Services - 3 CR

Human Services AAS required course.

Introduces human services as a profession.  Traces historical and contemporary service delivery approaches. Identifies ethical and professional roles of human services workers. Examines human services consumer problems and appropriate helping systems and strategies.

 

HUMS A106 Introduction to Social Welfare - 3 CR

Human Services AAS selective course.

UAA Social Science GER.

Analyzes social inequality and the American social welfare state. Traces historical evolution of government and non-government response to the provision of basic needs, opportunities, and rights for its citizenry, especially vulnerable populations. Investigates historical and persisting dilemmas—ethical, political, cultural, and economic—explicit and implicit, in achieving social justice. Assists in understanding of social welfare problems and solutions.

 

HUMS A107 History and Systems of Human Services - 3 CR

Human Services AAS required course.

Introduces historical foundations of the human services profession through the lens of formative legislation and service delivery systems.

 

HUMS A122 Substance Abuse as a Contemporary Problem - 3 CR

Human Services AAS selective course.

Presents current issues in addiction through a human services perspective emphasizing social, legal, public health and public policy contexts.

 

HUMS A123 Public Education and Prevention in Substance Abuse - 3 CR

Human Services AAS selective course.

Presents knowledge and skills as tools in the development of community education and prevention programs in substance abuse.

 

HUMS A124 Introduction to Physiology and Pharmacology of Substance Abuse - 3 CR

Human Services AAS selective course.

Introduces basic properties and effects of psychoactive substances on human physiology from a substance abuse treatment perspective.

 

HUMS A155 Human Relations in the Workplace - 3 CR

Human Services AAS selective course.

Presents human relation skills appropriate in the workplace. Course includes skills related to task group team membership and leadership, problem solving, and workplace etiquette.

 

HUMS A185 Introduction to Field Work - 3 CR

Human Services AAS required course.

Essential elements of field experience learning in a human services setting including the foundations of ethical decision making.  Students will complete all documents necessary to enroll in HUMS A295A.

 

HUMS A223 Introduction to Paraprofessional Counseling I - 3 CR

Human Services AAS required course.

Presents basic paraprofessional counseling skills focused upon a systematic approach to effective helping. Skills are organized into the four categories: skills for understanding, skills for comfort and crisis intervention, skills for positive action, and trauma-informed care.

 

HUMS A224 Conflict and Collaborative Systems - 3 CR

Human Services AAS selective course.

Employs a general systems approach to examine social conflict and collaboration. Communication and conflict resolution skills are presented as tools enhancing collaboration and managing conflict.

 

HUMS A226 Intervention Continuum in Substance Abuse Counseling - 3 CR

Human Services AAS selective course.

Presents the continuum of substance abuse treatment interventions. Topics include screening and placement criteria, motivational interviewing, aftercare, relapse planning, documentation, and confidentiality.

 

HUMS A256 Groups and Organizations - 3 CR

Human Services AAS required course.

Introduces social, organizational and work-group behavior within a human services context.

 

HUMS A295A Human Services Practicum I - 3 CR

Human Services AAS required course.

Prerequisites: ENGL A111 (with a minimum grade of C) and HUMS A101 (with a minimum grade of C) and HUMS A185 (with a minimum grade of C) and HUMS A223 (with a minimum grade of C).

Provides students a guided learning experience at a community human services agency including 125 agency hours and a weekly seminar class. Course topics include agency structure and function, application of entry-level helping skills, and interagency networking.

 

HUMS A295B Human Services Practicum II - 3 CR

Human Services AAS required course.

Prerequisites: HUMS A295A with a minimum grade of C.

Provides students with guided learning experiences at a human services agency. Students are required to complete 125 supervised agency hours during which they will become familiar with agency structure and protocols and engage in supervised client contact. Students will also participate in a weekly classroom seminar.

 

HUMS A321 Diversity Issues in Human Services Practice - 3 CR

Human Services BHS required course.

Prerequisites: HUMS A101 (with a minimum grade of C) and HUMS A223 (with a minimum grade of C).

Examines diversity from historical and current perspectives with an emphasis upon self-awareness. The relevant needs of diverse groups are incorporated into human services best practices through readings, role-play and group activity.

 

HUMS A322 Service Coordination in Human Services Practice - 3 CR

Human Services BHS required course.

Prerequisites: HUMS A101 (with a minimum grade of C) and HUMS A223 (with a minimum grade of C).

Employing a blend of readings and skill development activities, the course focuses upon theory and application associated with service delivery, client assessment, treatment planning, implementation, evaluation and ethical decision making.

 

HUMS A324 Introduction to Paraprofessional Counseling II - 3 CR

Human Services AAS required course.

Prerequisite: HUMS A223 (with a minimum grade of C).

Provides students both theory and skill development learning experiences designed to advance paraprofessional counseling skills.

 

HUMS A333 Alternative Dispute Resolution - 3 CR

Human Services BHS selective course.

Prerequisites: HUMS A223 (with a minimum grade of C) and HUMS A224 (with a minimum grade of C)

Provides a conceptual framework in alternative dispute resolution with emphasis on history, communication skills and ethics. Uses simulation exercises, including negotiation strategy and tactics, mediation process and techniques, and development of arbitration case theory presentation.

 

HUMS A334 Family Mediation - 3 CR

Human Services BHS selective course.

Prerequisites: HUMS A333 (with a minimum grade of C).

Trains students in advanced mediation skills for resolving family conflict. Different models of mediation are presented, evaluated and practiced. Current issues in mediation with families living in Alaska are covered, including the impact of trauma on the family.

 

HUMS A350 Men and Masculinity Issues in Human Services Practice - 3 CR

Human Services BHS selective course.

Examines the historical, cultural and psychosocial perspectives of masculinity and male sex roles focusing upon males in a human services setting emphasizing family, work, sexuality, and mental and physical health issues.

 

HUMS A351 Career Development for Human Services Professionals - 3 CR

Human Services BHS selective course.

Presents the theoretical foundations associated with career development counseling in a human services setting. Examines developmental stages associated with career development, career clusters, labor market information and assessment tools.

 

HUMS A352 Human Services Administration - 3 CR

Human Services BHS required course.

Presents essential administrative approaches and skills associated with human services agency management. Tobics include leadership, evaluation, program planning and financial management.

 

HUMS A412 Ethical Issues in Human Services Practice - 3 CR

Human Services BHS required course.

Examines ethical issues in human services practice defined in the National Organization of Human Services (NOHS) Ethical Code. Topics include client rights, confidentiality and worker responsibility.

 

HUMS A414 Advanced Case Management for Human Services Professionals - 3 CR

Human Services BHS required course.

Prerequisites HUMS A322 (with a minimum grade of C).

Broadens the perspective of the advanced student in defining and implementing case management concepts. Examines the relatednessof human services delivery programs. Skills linking client assessment, treatment and planning and evaluation are presented.

 

HUMS A415 Advanced Human Services Systems - 3 CR

Human Services BHS required course.

Examines the influence of governmental legislation, public policy, and funding sources upon human services agencies. Using a systems approach, the course examines historical and contemporary systems influencing service delivery.

 

HUMS A416 Substance Abuse and the Older Adult - 3 CR

Human Services BHS selective course.

Prerequisites: HUMS A122 (with a minimum grade of C) or HUMS A223 (with a minimum grade of C) or HUMS A226 (with a minimum grade of C).

Addresses the issues related to older adults misusing alcohol, drugs, prescription medications and other substances. Emphasis will be placed on identification, assessment and intervention strategies.

 

HUMS A417 Substance Abuse Counseling for Human Service Professionals - 3 CR

Human Services BHS required course.

Prerequisites: HUMS A122 (with a minimum grade of C) or HUMS A223 (with a minimum grade of C) or HUMS A226 (with a minimum grade of C).

Develops advanced counseling theory and skills specifically required by human services professionals providing substance abuse treatment. Includes client assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning. Analyzes substance abuse treatment strategies.

 

HUMS A420 Introduction to Program Evaluation - 3 CR

Human Services BHS required course.

Prerequisites: (PSY A260 or STAT A252 or STAT 253) and (HS A345 or concurrent enrollment or HUMS A295B).

Introduces the theory and practice of program evaluation for applied public health and human services settings.

 

HUMS A435 Individual and Group Facilitation - 3 CR

Human Services BHS required course.

Prerequisites: HUMS A324 (with a minimum grade of C).

Presents advanced facilitation skills enhancing the helping process used in both individual and group settings. The course covers specific theoretical concepts, techniques and approaches appropriate to a broad range of human services delivery systems.

 

HUMS A461 Crisis Intervention - 3 CR

Human Services BHS required course.

Prerequisites: HUMS A324 (with a minimum grade of C).

Presents essential crisis intervention techniques focused on a systematic approach to effective crisis management. The course is organized into five categories: crisis causality, identification, intervention, treatment strategies and follow-up.

 

HUMS A495A Human Services Practicum III - 3 CR

Human Services BHS required course.

Prerequisites:  HUMS A295B (with a minimum grade of C).

Placement in an agency provides students with advancing levels of responsibility in direct client services and/or specialized activities/projects while increasing their professional development. Weekly concurrent classroom seminars required. Students are required to complete 125 agency placement hours.

 

HUMS A496 Human Services Integrative Capstone - 3 CR

Human Services BHS required course.

UAA Integrative Capstone GER

Prerequisites: [HS A420 (with a minimum grade of C) or HUMS A420 (with a minimum grade of C)] and HUMS A495A (with a minimum grade of C)

The course is designed to prepare students to conduct applied research resulting in a Human Services Integrative Capstone project. Through the lens of grant writing the course also explores research models and scholarly writing.

 

HUMS A610 Program Evaluation in Applied Settings - 3 CR

Prerequisites: STAT A252.

Level Restriction: Must be Graduate - UAA level.

Registration Restrictions: B.H.S. or equivalent degree in related field and acceptance into the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Human Service Systems. Prior coursework in research methodology required.

Examines conceptual, methodological, and administrative factors related to the process of program evaluation in applied settings.

 

HUMS A630 Family and Community Systems - 3 CR

Level Restriction: Must be Graduate - UAA level.

Registration Restrictions: B.H.S. or equivalent degree in related field and acceptance into the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Human Service Systems.

Presents a complex systems approach to human service delivery. Through the frameworks of diversity and social justice, the course examines contemporary and changing service delivery values, perspectives and intervention techniques.

 

HUMS A640 Contemporary Issues in Rehabilitation - 3 CR

Level Restriction: Must be Graduate - UAA level.

Registration Restrictions: B.H.S. or equivalent degree in related field and acceptance into the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Human Service Systems.

Provides an overview of the historical, philosophical, and legal basis of rehabilitation systems and services. Examines the role of rehabilitation systems, the rehabilitation process, public and private organizational systems, and societal trends in rehabilitation.

 

HUMS A650 Leadership and Organizational Development in Human Services - 3 CR

Level Restriction: Must be Graduate - UAA level.

Registration Restrictions: B.H.S. or equivalent degree in related field and acceptance into the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Human Service Systems.

Presents leadership styles based upon human organizational development theory and concepts. Through the frameworks of transformative, strategic and structural change models, the course examines organizational change and leadership in public, private and self-help human service organizations.

 

HUMS A660 Promoting Positive Development in At-Risk Youth - 3 CR

Level Restriction: Must be Graduate - UAA level.

Registration Restrictions: B.H.S. or equivalent degree in related field and acceptance into the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Human Service Systems.

Provides history and current challenges facing the field of positive youth development, examines theoretical and practical frameworks for collaboratively providing quality services and establishing programs and community connections needed to successfully transition into young adulthood.

 

HUMS A670 Professional Ethics in Human Services - 3 CR

Level Restriction: Must be Graduate - UAA level.

Registration Restrictions: B.H.S. or equivalent degree in related field and acceptance into the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Human Service Systems.

Provides an overview of ethical issues in human services emphasizing the identification of ethical issues and the application of ethical principles and codes of ethics in applied decision making.

 

HUMS A680 Advanced Topics in Human Development: Childhood - 3 CR

Level Restriction: Must be Graduate - UAA level.

Registration Restrictions: B.H.S. or equivalent degree in related field and acceptance into the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Human Service Systems.

Provides an overview of major theories and research in child development with a focus on applications in human service systems. Emphasis on program development and systems issues in multicultural settings and strategies to promote healthy development and resilience.

 

HUMS A681 Advanced Topics in Human Development: Adolescence - 3 CR

Level Restriction: Must be Graduate - UAA level.

Registration Restrictions: B.H.S. or equivalent degree in related field and acceptance into the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Human Service Systems.

Provides an overview of major theories and research in adolescent development with a focus on applications in human service systems. Emphasis on program development and systems issues in multicultural settings and strategies to promote healthy development and resilience.

 

HUMS A682 Advanced Topics in Human Development: Adulthood and Aging - 3 CR

Level Restriction: Must be Graduate - UAA level.

Registration Restrictions: B.H.S. or equivalent degree in related field and acceptance into the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Human Service Systems.

Provides an overview of major theories and research in adulthood and aging with a focus on applications in human service systems. Emphasis on program development and systems issues in multicultural settings and strategies to promote healthy development and resilience.