Human services students at Monroe Community
College are engaged in a program composed of three elements: Reality testing,
experiential learning, and general Liberal Arts.
About the Human Services Program
We believe that students should be able to test whether or not it is
realistic for them to pursue a career in Human Services. To do that we
believe that they must have:
- an opportunity for client contact
- supervision by a professional human service worker, and
- a setting in which to integrate all of their ongoing learning and
The opportunities for client contact and supervision by a professional
are provided in fieldwork courses. Each semester our students must commit themselves to nine hours per week in a human service agency for the duration of the semester. In cooperation with their Human Service instructor
and the on-site agency supervisor, the student establishes a set of learning
objectives and corresponding responsibilities. These are incorporated
into a fieldwork Learning Contract, which becomes an evaluation instrument
at the end of the semester.
Experiential Learning: The Seminar
In order for students to integrate their human service learning and experience,
we believe that our teaching must follow an experiential learning model.
Our seminars—the students’ on-campus classes—provide
the setting for such learning. Sharing experiences, discussing relevant
principles and issues, a variety of audio-visual presentations, guest
speakers, role-playing, reading and writing, and conventional instruction
are among the diverse techniques we use to effect this experiential learning.
General Liberal Arts
In addition to Human Services courses our students take
a Liberal Arts curriculum, which includes a variety of courses appropriate
to their chosen careers.
A wide range of social science courses—including psychology, sociology,
anthropology, history, and economics—are drawn upon. A variety of
humanities courses—literature, art, music, philosophy, and foreign
languages—are available. A diversity of mathematics and natural
science courses with special emphasis upon life science, are also presented
for the students’ choice. Close, personal advisement ensures a well-rounded
Liberal Arts background for our graduates.