- Self-awareness; through intensive and consistent work in seminars. Human services students examine their values and the relationship of their values to their career choice.
- Group process; students study and observe group dynamics in class and at fieldwork.
- Agency structure; through direct experience human services students study various roles and responsibilities of professional helpers as individual and team members.
- Confidentiality/professionalism; human services graduates understand the concept of professional confidence and are able to handle confidential materials in a responsible way.
- The Human Services System; human services graduates have a broad base of knowledge about community resources and services; the referral process, and how the various agencies relate to each other in providing services.
- Models of helping; human services graduates have studied and evaluated various models of helping, as well as methods and techniques used by professionals in the community.
- Community change; human services students study how change takes place in the community and understand the factors in individuals and institutions that promote or hinder change processes.
- The politics of human services; human services graduates have studied various political and parapolitical organizations in the community and understand how they relate to the structure of, and events in, the community as a whole.
- Community structure; human services students study the sub-populations within this community (ethnic, religious, urban, suburban, and special interest groups for example) and how they relate to the structure of, and events in the community.
In addition to their core courses, all human services graduates take an additional 44 credit hours in the social sciences, humanities, math, science and general electives. These courses are chosen carefully with the advice of department faculty.